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Singapore Museum Guide
A guide to city's 25 most visit-worthy museums
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Introduction
Although Singapore is Southeast Asia's most popular
city destination, less than a few visitors are familiar
with its outstanding museums, and while the city
doesn't boast the likes of the Louvre and The
Metropolitan, its museums do offer a unique
experience to their visitors, which cannot be found
elsewhere on earth.

This mini-guide will take you to Singapore's 25 most
visit-worthy museums.




Rating
= OK (worth visiting only if you are interested in what this museum is all about).
 = Worth visiting
 = A real must see



The 3-day museums pass costs SG$ 20 per person, or SG$ 50 for a family pass (of up to 5 people) and can
save you quite a few bucks if you like museums and plan to visit most of them…




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The museums
1. The Asian Civilisations Museum is definitely one        2. The Arts House at the Old Parliament, right next
of Singapore's top sights. As its name suggests, this      to the Asian Civilisations Museum, occupies the
fantastic museum displays the cultures of Asia's           beautiful Neo-Palladian building which
tribes and nations, with emphasis on those groups          accommodated colonial Singapore's first court house
that actually built the city-state.                        and became the seat of the Singaporean parliament
                                                           in 1965, soon after the country got its independence.
Housed within an impressive 19th century Neo-
Palladian building, right next to the Singapore River,     The historic building has been converted to an art-
it displays thousands of rich and fascinating exhibits,    centre more than a decade ago, where young local
including ethnic costumes, traditional jewelries,          artists can perform their works, and there are art
ancient books, sculptures, religious artifacts,            exhibitions here almost all the time, including various
archaeological findings and relics, and what not...        shows and music performances (and a pretty good
From China and Southeast Asia, through the Indian          café too).
subcontinent all the way to Arabia and the Middle
East…                                                      In front of the building (facing the Old Supreme
                                                           Court building) there is a bronze elephant, given as a
The collections are truly beautiful and the museum is      gift from King Rama V of Siam (which is currently
tastefully designed, so the visitor is not 'bombarded'     known as Thailand) as a token of appreciation after
with too much information… Moreover, every gallery         his visit to Singapore in 1871
has some interactive displays and touch screens that
make the whole experience more interesting and             Rating: 
tangible (especially for the little ones...)
                                                            Daily, 11am – 9pm
  The "Singapore City Pass" makes a good choice
  for those who want to explore the city by                No entrance fees
  themselves, with a full day of unlimited Hop On
  Hop Off Bus sightseeing, as well as well as a trip       For more information, including details on events
  on an amphibious vehicle.                                and exhibitions, visit their website.


Rating:                                                 Not far from there, around the area of Hill Street,
                                                           Stamford Road and Bras Basah Road (which is known
English guided tours of the museum are available at        as the 'Museum Planning Area'), there is a cluster of
the following times: 2 pm on Mondays, 11 am and 2          a few very good museums that are well worth
pm Tuesday - Friday, 7pm on Friday evening, and            knowing about…
11am, 2 and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. The
guided tours are at no extra cost but you'll better call   3. Singapore Philatelic Museum, near the corner of
the museum's front desk in advance 6332 7798               Hill and Coleman streets, is housed in a charmingly
(Information on free guided tours)                         restored 1904 colonial building, with red tiles roof
                                                           and French louvers that once accommodated the
Getting there: From Raffles Place MRT Station: Take        city's Anglo-Chinese School.
Exit H to Bonham Street and walk to the river bank,
turn right and walk along the river for a minute or        It's obviously a must see for the stamp collectors
two, then cross Cavenagh Bridge. The entrance to           among you, although almost everyone will find it
the museum is just a few steps from the bridge.            interesting. The exhibitions are quite tastefully set
                                                           and make use of interactive devices. Other than rare
 Tuesday – Sunday : 9am-7pm (till 9pm on Friday)          and precious stamps from all over the world, you will
and Monday : 1pm – 7pm                                     be able to learn about the history of philately in
                                                           Singapore and to visit one nice exhibition that shows
 6332 2982 / 7798
                                                           how a new stamp comes to the world... from the
Website / Information on free guided tours                 concept stage, all the way to the final product.
Rating:                                                  'Peranakan' is a Malay term which literally
                                                          means ‘locally born' and basically describes those
Getting there: The Philatelic Museum is on 23-B           non-Malay who were born in the region. The
Coleman Street. From City Hall MRT Station: Take          best known Peranakan communities are those of
exit B, turn left to North Bridge Road and right to       the descendants of Chinese traders who
Coleman Street. After crossing Hill Street, you will      migrated to Singapore, Malacca, Penang and
see the museum on your left.                              Southeast Asia two hundred years ago, married
                                                          local women and developed a distinctive culture,
 Daily, 9am – 7pm (from 1pm on Monday) /                 lifestyle and cuisine, which is like a fusion
Website / Entrance fees apply                             between China and Southeast Asia, but there are
                                                          also non-Chinese Peranakan communities, like
  The "Singapore Flexi Pack" allows you to save           the Chitty Melaka (descendants of South Indian
  over 40% on Singapore's BEST attractions and            Hindu merchants and local Malay women) and
  sightseeing.                                            the Jawi Peranakans (descendants of South
                                                          Indian Muslim traders and local women).
4. The Battle Box, in neighboring Fort Canning Park,
was the bunker of Fort Canning and the
headquarters of the British forces during the Battle     The museum's 10 galleries boast plenty of beautiful
of Singapore. You can join a guided tour here and        exhibits, including costumes, traditional handcrafts,
watch an interesting presentation that recaptures        replicas of Peranakan homes and so on, and although
the fierce battle against the Japanese invaders,         it is not a particularly large museum, it is well worth
during World War II.                                     visiting, especially if ethnic cultures and traditions
                                                         are your thing.
Getting there: Enter Fort Canning Park through
                                                         Rating: 
Canning Rise (a five minutes' walk past the Philatelic
Museum / You can also access it through the
                                                         English guided tours of the museum are available at
escalator next to the National Museum of Singapore)
                                                         the following times: 2 pm on Mondays, 11 am and 2
and then follow the signs within the park.
                                                         pm Tuesday - Friday, and 11am, 2 and 3pm on
                                                         Saturday and Sunday. The guided tours are at no
Rating:                                                 extra cost (Information on free guided tours)

 Daily: 10am – 6pm                                      Getting there: The Peranakan Museum is on 39
                                                         Armenian Street.
 6333 0510, Website
                                                         From City Hall MRT Station: Take exit B, turn right to
Entrance fees apply                                      North Bridge Road and left to Stamford Road. After a
                                                         few minutes turn left to Armenian Street. After 2-3
                                                         minutes you will see the museum on your right.
5. The Peranakan Museum, one of Singapore's most
recommended museums, is just a couple of minutes'         Daily, 9am – 7pm (from 1pm on Monday / Until
walk from the Philatelic Museum, on Armenian             9pm on Friday).
Street.
                                                         Website
Housed within a beautiful 1910 colonial building with
both Neo-Classical and French-Renaissance                Entrance fees apply
architectural features, this unique museum is solely
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influential groups.
6. The National Museum of Singapore, just a short                     Daily, 10am – 6pm (Singapore Living Galleries
walk away, is the city-state's largest, oldest and                   remain open until 8pm and admission is free during
possibly most impressive museum, and certainly                       the last two hours).
justifies a long visit...
                                                                      6332 3659 / 5642, Website
Nestled within a beautiful structure that incorporates
the original 1887 Neo-Palladian & Renaissance                        Entrance fees apply
buildings, with new extensions that use modern
architecture of steel and glass, this fantastic museum                 Although Singapore has one of the best public-
emphasizes on the history and the culture of                           transport systems in the world, taking the
Singapore and its main feature, the "Singapore                         Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly
History Gallery", can easily be titled as one of the                   recommended, as it takes you directly to the
best attractions in town: It is just like a 'time tunnel'              various attractions and saves you the time and
where the visitor walks through dozens of beautifully                  hassle of waiting for a bus or walking…
designed life-size displays that replicate scenes from
the city's past... Many of these "scenes" tell the story
of a particular historic event from the eyes of an                   7. Singapore Art Museum (SAM), just a quick stroll
unknown person who happened to live in Singapore                     from the national museum, specializes in modern
at that time.                                                        and contemporary art, mostly from Singapore and
                                                                     Southeast Asia, and boasts one of the world's largest
Tip: Arm yourself with a bit of patience if you really want to
enjoy the visit to the Singapore History Gallery, as there's a lot
                                                                     collections of contemporary art from Southeast Asia.
to see...
                                                                     Occupying a historic building with classic
Other than the History Gallery, the museum boasts                    architectural motifs of a Mediterranean "palazzo"
the four Singapore Living Galleries, which focus on                  that once housed one of Singapore's oldest Catholic
subjects that shape the daily life of ordinary                       boys' schools, Singapore Art Museum exhibits more
Singaporeans, like Food, Fashion, entertainment and                  than 5,000 pieces of art within its 14 galleries and
Photography...                                                       houses plenty of international exhibitions, mainly
                                                                     from Asia but also from other parts of the world
There are also some pretty good temporary                            (click here to see what exhibitions are currently on).
exhibitions every now and again (visit their website if
you want to know what is currently on).                              Rating: 

   Explore Singapore's less known "gems" through                     Guided tours in English (at no extra charge) are
   our range of Unique Day Trips and Guided-                         available at 2pm on Monday, 11am and 2 pm on
   Walks !                                                           Tuesday-Thursday, 11am 2pm and 7pm on Friday,
                                                                     11am 2pm and 3:30pm on Saturday and Sunday
Rating:                                                           (Information on free guided tours).

English guided tours of the Singapore History Gallery                Getting there: The museum is right next to Bras
are held at the following times: Monday – Friday                     Basah MRT Station
(11am and 2pm), Saturday & Sunday (11:30am, 2pm
and 3:30pm). These guided tours are at no extra cost                  Daily, 10am - 7pm (it stays open until 9pm on
(Information on free guided tours) and you can also                  Fridays).
take the self-guided tour, using your own mobile
phone.                                                                6332 3222, Website

Getting there: The National Museum of Singapore is                   Entrance fees apply (Free admission on Friday night,
on 93 Stamford Road. From Bras Basah MRT                             6pm – 9pm)
Station: Cross the open piazza towards Stamford
Road and you will see the impressive Neo-Palladian
building of the museum right in front of you.
8. Tiny Raffles Hotel Museum, on the 3rd floor of the    10. The ArtScience Museum, in Marina Bay Sands, is
Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade, is where you can see      the world's first ArtScience museum and one of the
nostalgic paraphernalia from the history of              city's main attractions.
Singapore's most legendary hotel.
                                                         Occupying an architecturally inspiring lotus-shaped
Rating:                                                building along Marina Bay's waterfront, this unique
                                                         museum boasts over 50,000 square feet of galleries,
Getting there: If coming from Bras Basah Rd., turn       where the visitor is supposedly introduced to the
left to North Bridge Road and enter the hotel from       meeting points between art and science…
there.
                                                         The museum's only permanent exhibition,
 Daily, 10am – 7pm, Entrance is free, Website           ArtScience, spreads across three galleries and is
                                                         meant to take the visitor to a "Journey Through
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                                                         popular, including some world-class displays, like
9. Mint Museum of Toys, just across the street from      Genghis Khan, Van Gogh Alive and Dalí: Mind of a
the Raffles Hotel, is the world's first purpose-built    Genius, which were all highly praised by visitors and
toys museum and a must see for families with kids,       critics alike.
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Occupying a tall and narrow building of five floors,       activities.
this fabulous museum It is not overwhelmingly big
(Which is good news for those of you who museums
are not their cup of tea), but is nonetheless packed      Daily, 10am to 10pm (Last admission is at 9pm),
with tens of thousands of nostalgic toys… From           but might be closed to visitors, from time to time,
vintage 19th century toys to "prehistoric" versions of   due to a private function (take a look at their website
Popeye, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Beatles            before coming, just to be on the safe side).
buttons and what not...
                                                         Tickets are quite expensive for a museum, but then
                                                         you have to remember it is a privately owned
Rating: 
                                                         museum that relies mainly on temporary exhibitions
                                                         (the best of which, to be more precise). What's
Getting there: The museum is on 26 Seah Street.          more, you are allowed to pay only for those
From Bras Basah MRT Station: Walk along Bras Basah       exhibitions you intend to see.
Road for a few minutes, turn left to North Bridge
Road and right to Seah Street, where you will see the    The ticket also allows you to walk out of the museum
entrance to the museum on your left.                     and come back later (on the same day), and if you
                                                         happen to come over the weekend, you can join one
 Daily: 9:30am – 6:30pm                                 of their free guided tours in English (first come first
                                                         served). If you can't make it to the free guided tours,
 6339 0660, Website                                     you can take an interactive audio-visual guide from
                                                         the Museum Box Office.
Entrance fees apply
                                                         For more details, visit the ArtScience Museum
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                                                         Rating: 
11. Chinatown Heritage Centre: Narrow Pagoda             Rating: 
Street, where Chinatown has started its life from,
almost 200 years ago, was restored and the old           Getting here: Corner of South Bridge Road and Sago
houses where poor families of Chinese migrants had       Street: From MRT Chinatown Station: Walk through
to cram in tiny flats are now housing shops and          Pagoda Street, turn right to South Bridge Road and
cafés.                                                   after 2 – 3 minutes you will see the impressive
                                                         building on your right.
One of these heritage buildings has become a
museum, called Chinatown Heritage Centre where            The Buddhist Culture Museum and Relic Chamber
you can learn about day-to-day life in Chinatown and     open daily, 9am – 7pm, while the Emiment Sangha
the hardships those newcomers had to deal with,          Museum is open daily from 7am – 7pm
including replicas of shops, houses and the unique
characters who dwelled here many years ago...            Website

Rating:                                                No entrance fees

Getting here: The heritage centre is on 48 Pagoda St.,   13. Singapore City Gallery is housed within the
which is just a minute's walk from Chinatown MRT         modern building of the Urban Redevelopment
Stations                                                 Authority (URA Centre), just a couple of minutes'
                                                         walk from Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum,
 Daily, 9am - 8pm (last admission is at 7pm)            on the other side of Maxwell Road Food Centre, and
                                                         displays large models of various urban developments
 6221 9556, Website                                     across the city-state, including Singapore's Central
                                                         Area Model, which is one of the largest architectural
Entrance fees apply                                      models in the world.

                                                         Touch screens and other interactive devices make
  Although Singapore has one of the best public-         the visit an interesting experience, especially for the
  transport systems in the world, taking the             young ones, and for those who architecture and city
  Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly           planning are their thing.
  recommended, as it takes you directly to the
  various attractions and saves you the time and         Rating: 
  hassle of waiting for a bus or walking…
                                                         Getting here: The City Gallery is on 45 Maxwell Road

12. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, just           If coming from MRT Chinatown Station: Walk
around the corner from Pagoda Street, displays           through Pagoda Street, turn right to South Bridge
hundreds of pieces of religious Buddhist artifacts and   Road and after 2 – 3 minutes you will see the food-
works of art from all over Asia...                       centre on your left hand side (almost opposite the
                                                         Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum).
Housed within an imposing red Chinese-style
building, the Buddhist Culture Museum is located         If coming from MRT Tanjong Pagar: Take exit G, turn
next to the holly chamber where the relic of the         left, cross the small garden, turn right to Maxwell
tooth of the Buddha is kept, in a gold stupa, and        Road and after a couple of minutes you will see the
although it is fairly small, it boasts quite a few       Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Building on
fascinating exhibits that make it well worth visiting.   your right
There is another small museum in the building, called
the Eminent Sangha Museum, which tells the life           Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
stories of eminent monks who have achieved great
accomplishments in Dharma teachings.                     Website

Other than the two museums, the temple itself is         Entrance is free (Guided English tours are available at
rich in decoration arts and sculpture work.              a small fee).
14. Red Dot Design Museum is just across the street        16. Nei Xue Tang Museum is a private "house
from the Singapore City Gallery.                           museum" that boasts an amazing private collection
                                                           of Buddhist arts and crafts, including hundreds of
Nestled within a long and bright-red colonial building     precious statues, figurines and other pieces of art
which once housed Singapore's Traffic-Police               from China, Tibet, Thailand, Cambodia and other
Headquarters, this is one of the world's only two          Asian countries.
"red dot design museums", where winners of the
lucrative red dot product-design award display their       Rating: 
masterpieces.
                                                           How to get there: The museum is on 235
If product design is your thing, there is no doubt you     Cantonment Road. If coming from Chinatown and
will love it.                                              Tanjong Pagar: Walk down Duxton Road to the end ,
                                                           turn right to Craig (You can also access Craig from
Rating:                                                  Tanjong Pagar Road) and immediately left to Yan Kit
                                                           Road. At the end of Yan Kit, turn right to Cantonment
Getting here: The Red Dot Design Museum is on 28           Road and after a minute or two you will see the
Maxwell Road (almost opposite the Singapore City           museum on your right.
Gallery – see instructions above).
                                                            10am - 5pm daily.
 11am - 6 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and
11am - 8pm on Saturday and Sunday (closed on                6372 0189, Website
Wednesday and Thursday).
                                                           Admission charges apply
 6327 8027, Website
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  How to find the best deals in Asia ?                     17. The Malay Heritage Centre in Kampong Glam
  Instantly compare the world's leading hotel-websites     (Near Arab Street) is nestled within the imposing
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  Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore,        Shah, Sultan of Johor and the son of Hussein Shah,
  Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei and elsewhere in Asia!       who authorized Raffles to build Singapore. It was
                                                           built in 1835 by George Coleman, one of early
                                                           Singapore's most famous architects, and combines
15. The Baba House, just a few minutes' walk from          Palladian style with local Malay motifs.
there, is a tiny museum that replicates a 19th century
Peranakan home and allow visitors to experience the        Nowadays, as mentioned, there is a Malay Heritage
daily life of a traditional Perankan family, back in the   Centre here (which is closed for renovations at the
old days.                                                  time of writing), which boasts a nice museum where
                                                           you can learn about the history and culture of
Occupying a classic shophouse on Neil Road, the            Singapore's Malay community.
museum is operated by the National Museum of
Singapore (NUS) and is opened only upon request,           Rating: 
which means you will have to write an email to them,
a week in advance, and ask them to arrange a visit         How to get there: From Bugis MRT Station: Take
for you… Email: babahouse@nus.edu.sg , Website             exit-B, turn right to Victoria and start walking along
                                                           the street, crossing Ophir Road and Arab Street, turn
Rating:                                                   right to Jelan Pisang (second after Arab Street) and at
                                                           the end of the short street turn left to North Bridge
Getting there: The Baba House is on 157 Neil Road:         Road and immediately right to Kandahar Street. After
From Outram Park MRT Station, take exit G, turn left       a couple of minutes you will see the compound's
to New Bridge Road and left again, to Neil Road.           gate on your left side..
  Daily, 8am – 9pm (The museum is currently                The chapel, in the middle of the open courtyard, is a
closed for renovations).                                    replica of similar chapels that were built by POWs
                                                            across Southeast Asia during the war.
 6391 0450, Website
                                                            Rating: 
Admission is currently FREE
                                                            How to get there: From MRT-Tanah Merah: Take bus
    See Singapore with those who know it BEST !             No. 2 (You can also take bus No. 29 from MRT-
                                                            Tampiens). Both buses stop at the museum (after
                                                            Women's Prison / opposite Changi Heights
18. The Malay Village, in Geylang Serai, purports to        condominium).
replicate a traditional Malay "Kampong" (village), just
like the ones that covered Singapore and its environs        Daily, 9:30am - 5pm
more than a century ago, and although it is
somewhat of a kitschy cliché, it is worth a visit all the    6214 2451, Website
same, especially if you are in the area anyway...
                                                            Entrance is free
Other than a cluster of traditional Malay houses, you
can see the day-to-day paraphernalia of the villagers,
a life sized scene of a traditional Malay wedding, arts     20. Science Centre Singapore, as its name suggests,
and crafts and so on... There is also a small museum        is a science museum, which means it is particularly
and some shops and restaurants within the complex.          recommended for families with teenage kids,
                                                            although it is popular among people of all ages...
Rating: 
                                                            Spreading over eight galleries, this fantastic museum
How to get there: The Malay Village is on the corner        displays every aspect of technology and science,
of Geylang Serai and Sims Ave.: From MRT-Paya               from optical illusions to space science and from
Lebar:                                                      kinetic energy to robotics…
Turn right to Eunos Road and almost immediately left
to Sims Avenue (after you have crossed it). Walk            The Centre also operates an IMAX cinema, called the
along Sims Avenue for a couple of minutes, passing          Omni Theatre, where you can watch some excellent
an open carpark and then turn right, to Engku Aman          40 minute documentaries on various scientific topics,
Road, where you will see the entrance to the                like research of the deep sea, discovery of Mars and
"village" on your left (All in all, it's less than a 10     more... The movies play every round hour, from
minutes' walk).                                             10am to 8pm

 Daily, 10am – 10pm.                                       Rating: 

 6848 7040, Website                                        How to get there: From MRT-Jurong East: Walk out
                                                            of the station through the covered walkway, to
No entrance fee (Unless you want to enter the small         Jurong East Street 13, cross it and proceed strait
museum)                                                     along the covered path, between the buildings (Block
                                                            No. 135 should be on your right) until you reach a big
  The "Singapore Flexi Pack" allows you to save             junction. The Science Centre is on its other side (less
  over 40% on Singapore's BEST attractions and              than 10 minutes' walk).
  sightseeing.
                                                             Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm, closed on
19. Changi Chapel & Museum: Dedicated to those              Mondays (unless a Monday falls on a public holiday).
World War II POWs (prisoners of war), civilians and
soldiers alike, who managed to survive the horrors of        6425 2500, Website, Information about
Japanese captivity, this small museum displays their        discounted combo-tickets (with Snow City)
personal effects, including letters, photographs and
paintings they drew while in captivity.                     Entry fee applies
21. NUS Museum, the museum of the National              23. The Maritime Experiential Museum &
University of Singapore (NUS), specializes in both      Aquarium, in Resorts World Sentosa, focuses on the
ancient and modern art collections from China,          history of ancient maritime trade in Southeast Asia,
Southeast Asia and the Far East. The permanent          and tells the story of a 9th century Arab merchant
exhibitions boast Peranakan artifacts and Chinese       ship which wrecked in the Java Sea, while sailing
calligraphy, among other pieces…                        from China back to the Middle East and became
                                                        known as the "Belitung shipwreck"…
Rating: 
                                                        Other than an accurate reproduction of the Arab
How to get there: From the bus interchange, next to     dhow ship, there are hundreds of artifacts that were
MRT-Clementi: Take route No. 96 and alight at a bus-    salvaged from the shipwreck on display, as well as
stop called "NUS Raffles Hall", which is just a few     models of other ancient vessels, and a "Typhoon
steps from the University Cultural Centre, where the    Theatre" where visitors get the taste of sailing
museum is.                                              through a storm...

 Daily, except Monday, 10am – 7:30pm (until 6pm        Rating: 
on Sunday).
                                                        How to get there: The museum is located within
FREE entry, Website                                     Resorts World Sentosa (Click HERE for instructions on
                                                        how to get there).
  Discover Singapore with those who know it best!        Daily, 10am - 7pm, (till 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays
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22. Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens) and Hua            The "Singapore City Pass" makes a good choice
Song Museum: Better known by its old name, Tiger          for those who want to explore the city by
Balm Garden, Haw Par Villa is a theme park where          themselves, with a full day of unlimited Hop On
folktales from the Chinese mythology are presented        Hop Off Bus sightseeing, as well as well as a trip
through nearly a thousand dioramas and life size          on an amphibious vehicle.
sculptures, and although many of the exhibits are
fairly kitschy, the park is well worth visiting.        24. Images of Singapore, in Sentosa, is a beautiful
                                                        museum that takes the visitor through the history of
The garden was originally built in the 1930s by two     Singapore, from the 14th century onwards, through a
Chinese brothers, who amassed a fortune thanks to a     series of "scenes" where life size tableaus depict
popular heat rub they introduced (That is the Tiger     major events in the city-state's history, as well as
Balm, after which the garden is named) and there is     through other multi-media displays which make the
also a small museum here (quite recommended),           visit more interesting and enhance the experience of
which is dedicated to Chinese communities around        "being there"... Legends, folktales and actual historic
the world and shows how these communities               events are all woven together, creating quite a
developed and contributed to their new societies...     unique experience...

Rating:                                              Rating: 

How to get there: Right next to Haw Par Villa MRT       How to get there: The museum is located near cable-
Station (on the Circle Line).                           car plaza / Imbiah Station, in the centre of Sentosa
                                                        (Click HERE for instructions on how to get there).
 Daily, 9am - 7pm (Hua Song Museum is open daily,
except Monday, from 9am to 6pm).                         Daily, 9am - 7pm

The entrance to the garden is free, although there is   Website
a small fee if you wish to visit the Hua Song Museum
(click here for more info).                             Admission fees apply
25. Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, also in Sentosa       How to get there: Located in the central part of
(and just a heartbeat from "Images of Singapore"),         Sentosa, next to Cable Car Plaza and just a few steps
displays thousands of unique butterflies and exotic        from Imbiah Station (Monorail): Click HERE for
insects, including real "monsters" from Southeast          instructions on how to get there
Asia's fast vanishing jungles.
                                                            Daily, 9am - 7pm
There is also an outdoor section where you can walk
amidst the lush tropical vegetation and see hundreds        6275 0013, Website
of species of amazingly beautiful butterflies.
                                                           Admission fees apply
Rating: 




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                                       (or more) of Singapore's fantastic museums, see the world's largest collection
                                       of tropical orchids at the National Orchid Garden, visit Jurong's BirdPark and
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Description: Although Singapore is Southeast Asia's most popular city destination, less than a few visitors are familiar with its outstanding museums, and while the city doesn't boast the likes of the Louvre and The Metropolitan, its museums do offer a unique experience to their visitors, which cannot be found elsewhere on earth... This mini-guide will take you to Singapore's 25 most visit-worthy museums.