Feed & pet over 700 types of rare turtles and tortoises at this hidden museum

by Vera

With the Mandai Wildlife Reserve parks rebranding, and the new Kingfisher Wetlands at Gardens by the Bay, our wildlife scene is more exciting than ever. And after you’re done visiting them all, perhaps The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum might pique your interest.

Despite its somewhat low key status since it first opened its doors in 2001, the museum remains as a worthy visit and a great hidden find for an afternoon of fun with friends or family.

More than 700 kinds of turtles & tortoises

Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
Photo: @jul1anler/instagram

The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum is home to more than 700 types of turtles and tortoises and even holds a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of live turtles and turtle artifacts.

You’ll also be able to catch rare species such as the Alligator turtle, Radiated tortoise, red-eyed Elongata Tortoise, Golden Terrapin, the Six Legged Tortoise, Sulcata Tortoise, amongst many more of these critters.

It’s here where you’ll develop an appreciation for life in the slower lane, and get to learn more about these underrated reptiles and their way of life.

Feed & pet free-ranging tortoises

Photo: @mrandmrsoops/instagram

With these turtles and tortoises roaming free, it’s imperative that you watch where you walk and step. But that also means you get to interact and pet them as you will, so long as you don’t lift them up.

You can also feed the turtles with food purchased from the museum for S$2 (at the time of writing), but mind your fingers while you’re at it.

Photo: @jadeseah/instagram

The entry fee stands at S$10 per child aged three to six years, and S$14 for those aged 7 years and above. For Singaporeans and PRs, however, present your identity card to get a discounted rate of S$6 per child aged three to six years, and S$10 for everyone else.

As of now, there’s no need to pre-book tickets, and instead, tickets can be purchased over the counter when you’re there. Find out more about ticketing information here.

The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
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📍 ORTO: 81 Lor Chencharu, #01-16, Singapore 769198
🕒 10am–6pm (Last entry at 5.40pm) (Wed to Mon, Closed on Tue)

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