39 Museums in Singapore from Hell’s Museum to vintage museums and more

by Trinity Sun

If you’re running out of unique places to go in Singapore, why not consider spending the day at one of the many unique museums in Singapore? From a museum about video games to a museum showcasing dinosaur fossils, we’ve compiled a list of all the best 39 museums in Singapore where you can hang out, explore, and have a ball of a time.

1. Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum

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Photo: RSAF

If you got interested in fighter planes and the Air Force from the box-office hit Top Gun Maverick, or if you’re just interested in them in general… You’re going to love the Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum, which takes visitors on an interactive journey where you’ll learn about the navy through immersive exhibits, and even a flight simulator to test your piloting skills. 

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???? 400 Airport Rd, Singapore 534234
???? 9am – 4pm (Tue to Sat)
???? Free

2. Haw Par Villa: Hell’s Museum 

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Photo: Haw Par Villa

Famous for its Ten Courts of Hell attraction, the newly-revamped Haw Par Villa features Singapore’s first museum on death, which explores cultural rites after death and funeral ceremonies from different religions. Visitors will be treated to an immersive video presentation on societal views of death, and get to witness a funeral set-up and graveyard. Admission (S$10) comes with the Ten Courts of Hell experience.

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???? 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
???? 10am – 6pm (Wed to Sun)
???? S$10

3. ArtScience Museum 

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Photo: ArtScience Museum

Art meets science at the ArtScience Museum, which organises exhibits based on science and the arts, such as augmented reality picture-scapes, exhibitions on the art of popular franchises like Dreamworks, Star Wars, Attack on Titan and more. Visitors can also catch free film screenings at the museum’s theatre. 

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???? Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
???? 10am – 7pm (Mon to Sun)
????  S$18 for Singapore residents, S$21 for non-residents

4. National Museum of Singapore 

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Photo: National Museum of Singapore

You might have seen the famous exhibition, On/Off, on Tik-Tok, where visitors step into retro Singapore, and for those asking where, it’s at the National Museum of Singapore, which houses exhibits with artefacts from Singapore and Southeast Asia. The museum has a gift shop, as well as a cafe you can visit if you need a refresher after your museum trip.

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???? 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
???? 10am – 7pm (Mon to Sun)
???? Free for Singapore residents, from S$15 for non-residents

5. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 

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Step into ‘Jurassic Park’ at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, the only museum in Singapore to display dinosaur fossils, among other flora and fauna specimens. The museum gives visitors new insights into the history and world of taxidermy, and offers guided tours on weekends. Do note that you’ll need to purchase a ticket before you visit

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???? National University of Singapore 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377
???? 10am – 6pm (Tues to Sun)
???? S$15 for Singapore residents, S$10 for non-residents

6. The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

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Photo: The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

With ORTO closing in 2023, make your way down to The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum currently situated in ORTO before it closes. Here’s where you can feed and view the museum’s currently housed turtles and tortoises before they relocate. The museum is currently looking for a new home to house its reptilian friends, so catch it before it closes!

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???? ORTO, 81 Lor Chencharu #01-16, Singapore 769198
???? 10am – 6pm (Wed –Mon)
????  S$14 for Singapore residents, S$10 for non-residents

7. Museum of Ice Cream 

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Photo: Museum of Ice Cream

Ever since coming to our shores last year, the Museum of Ice Cream is a must-visit attraction, with pastel-coloured ball pits and ice-cream themed displays. Visitors will even get to sample ice cream with their admission ticket (S$36), and play with ice-cream themed props. 

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???? 100 Loewen Rd, Singapore 248837
???? 10am – 10pm (Wed to Sun), 10pm – 4pm (Monday)
???? S$36 (weekdays), or S$42 (weekends)

8. The Cathay Gallery 

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Photo: The Cathay Gallery

The Cathay Gallery is a throwback to pop culture over the years, showcasing the storied history of the Loke family with antique cinema chairs, vintage posters, cameras and other movie memorabilia.

???? 2 Handy Rd, #02-16 The Cathay, Singapore 229233
???? 2pm – 6pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm – 6pm (Saturday, excluding PH)
???? Free

9. Vintage Camera’s Museum

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Photo: Vintage Camera Museum

Shaped like an old camera, the Vintage Camera’s Museum is home to plenty of vintage cameras for the photography buffs. You can even try your hand at photography and get behind the camera, while learning about the history of photography. 

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???? No. 8c & 8D Jalan Kledek, Singapore 199263
???? 10.30am – 7.30pm (Mon to Sun including public holidays)
???? S$20 for adults

10. Singapore Musical Box Museum 

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Photo: Singapore Musical Box Museum

Did you even know that we had a musical box museum in Singapore? Featuring antique music boxes from different eras, from disc music boxes to wind-up music boxes, each carrying their own unique tune – visits to Singapore Musical Box Museum are by appointment only, and come with a guided tour (S$12) of the museum.

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???? 168 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068619 (next to Thian Hock Keng temple)
???? 11am – 5pm (Mon to Sun)
???? S$12

11. Wee Collection Vintage Museum 

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Photo: Wee Collection

A tribute to Singapore’s heritage, the Wee Collection Vintage Museum is a private museum owned by collector David Wee, who owns more than S$100,000 worth of artefacts. The museum is organised into various themed galleries and offers themed heritage setups for your events. 

???? 512 Changi Road, Singapore 419913
???? WhatsApp Wee at 9173 7915 to make an appointment.
???? Prices are available on appointment

12. The Singapore Ant Museum 

Photo: Singapore Ant Museum

Enter the world of ants at the Singapore Ant Museum, which gets you up close and personal with the critters you see every day. With 25 specially crafted formicariums and a friendly guide, this tour is not for the squeamish. You’ll even get to handle the ants, and learn more about them with the museum’s guided tour. 

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???? 359 Upper Paya Lebar Road Singapore, Singapore 428833
???? 10am – 7pm (Sat to Sun and PH)
???? S$18

13. The Battlebox 

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Photo: Battlebox

Discover the secrets of The Battlebox, a secret command centre the British used to plan their operations in 1945. Explore a maze of rooms and corridors as your guide takes you into the depths of the bunker, and learn more about the circumstances surrounding Singapore’s surrender to the Japanese. Entry is only with a guided tour (S$20), but visitors are free to explore the premises after the tour. 

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???? 2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622
???? 9.30am – 5.30pm (Fri to Sun during selected timeslots)
???? S$20

14. Former Ford Factory

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Photo: National Archives of Singapore

The historic site of the British surrender to the Japanese in World War II is now a museum commemorating the fall of Singapore. The museum at Former Ford Factory showcases interactive exhibits, artefacts, and oral history recordings from survivors of the war. 

???? 351 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 588192
???? 9.30am – 5.30pm (Tue to Sun)
???? Free for Singapore residents, S$7 for non-residents

15. Reflections at Bukit Chandu

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Photo: Bukit Chandu

Reflections at Bukit Chandu is an intimate look into World War II commemorating the Battle of Pasir Panjang, and the lives lost in the battle. Visitors will be immersed in the bungalow’s history, while viewing historical artefacts on display. Guided tours are also available on Saturdays. 

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???? 31-K Pepys Rd, Singapore 118458
???? 9.30am – 5pm (Tue to Sun)
???? Free for Singapore residents, S$5 for non-residents

16. Singapore Discovery Centre

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Photo: Singapore Discovery Centre

Singapore Discovery Centre lets you experience Singapore’s history and development in an interactive manner, with larger-than-life exhibits, thrilling escape rooms, a bus tour of the SAF Training Institute, and a movie theatre screening all the latest movies. 

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???? 510 Upper Jurong Rd, Singapore 638365
???? 12pm – 7pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm – 8pm (Sat to Sun)
???? Free for Singapore residents, S$10 for non-residents

17. Singapore Science Centre

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Photo: Science Centre

Be spooked by a scientifically developed haunted house, navigate a laser maze, and get up-close and personal with butterflies at Singapore Science Centre, an educational attraction for the family. Home to KidsStop, a dedicated science playground for kids, the Omni-Theatre, where you can watch movies and documentaries in IMAX, and Snow City, Singapore’s only sub-zero snow experience – the Science Centre is a must-visit in Singapore! 

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???? 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
????  10am – 5pm (Tue to Fri)
???? Free for Singapore residents during off-peak periods, S$12 for non-residents (with S$5 gift shop voucher)

18. Asian Civilisations Museum

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Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum

Explore artefacts from old asian civilisations and their cultural way of life at the Asian Civilisations Museum, which specialises in Asian antiques such as ceremonial dresses and teapots, and decorative art. The museum is also home to two cafes – Privé and Empress, as well as a gift shop selling souvenirs from the museum’s exhibits. 

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???? 1 Empress PI, Singapore 179555
???? 10am – 7pm (Sun to Thu), 10am – 9pm (Friday)
????  Free for Singapore residents, S$25 for non-residents

19. Katong Antique House 

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Photo: Katong Antique House

Katong Antique House preserves Peranakan history with an old Peranakan-styled house that is open to visitors for tours and more. Do note that the premises are private property, and you’ll have to book in advance to make a visit. 

???? 208 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428907
???? By appointment only
???? Prices are available on appointment

20. Mint Museum of Toys

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Photo: Mint Museum of Toys

Families with kids or toy collectors are in for a treat at the Mint Museum of Toys, which displays all sorts of toys, from tin toys to Beyblades from eras long forgotten. You can even get toys at the museum’s store, which sells classics like Pokemon trading cards and collectible Barbies. The museum opens during the day, but also offers night tours featuring an AR experience.

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???? 26 Seah St, Singapore 188382
???? 9.30am – 6.30pm (Tue to Sun), 7.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Sat)
???? S$25 for adults, S$15 for children

21. Singapore Sports Museum

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Photo: Singapore Sports Museum

Singapore’s sports scene now has a museum in Kallang, where the Singapore Sports Museum immerses you in Singapore’s sporting icons, the birth of sporting culture, and more. The museum offers three guided tours (S$10) on weekdays themed around famous Singaporean athletes, the history of sports in Singapore and sports artefacts! 

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???? Singapore Sports Museum, Singapore Sports Hub, 6 Stadium Walk Singapore 397698
???? 10am – 8pm (Mon to Fri), 10am – 9pm (Sat to Sun including PH)
???? Free for Singapore residents, S$10 for non-residents

22. Singapore Chinese Opera Museum  

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Photo: Singapore Chinese Opera Museum

Learn about the traditional art of Chinese opera at the Singapore Chinese Opera Museum. The exhibits showcase the development of Chinese opera and its variations, and the museum also offers courses where you can try out Chinese Opera for yourself too!

???? 100 Sultan Plaza #01-27, Singapore 199001
???? By appointment only
???? Free

23. The Intan 

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Photo: The Intan

Located in a traditional Peranakan shophouse, The Intan is an authentic Peranakan experience. Tour The Intan’s many collections of cultural items and decor, and participate in their Masterclass offering which gets you a private tour of the premises with its owner. Do note that visits are by appointment only, as the Intan is private property.

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???? 69 Joo Chiat Terrace,Singapore 427231
???? By appointment only
???? From S$64 for an adult ticket, S$32 for a child ticket (under 12)

24. Singapore General Hospital Museum 

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Photo: Singapore General Hospital

Learn more about one of the oldest hospitals in Singapore at the Singapore General Hospital Museum, which gives visitors an interactive experience into the history and milestones of the Singapore General Hospital. 

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???? Bowyer Block, Singapore General Hospital, Outram Rd, Singapore 169608
???? 8am – 7pm (Mon to Fri), 8am – 1pm (Saturday)
???? Free

25. Madame Tussauds

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Photo: Madame Tussauds

Pose with famous celebrities like Taylor Swift, JJ Lin, and Marilyn Monroe inside Madame Tussauds, a museum attraction that makes lifelike wax versions of famous personalities. Or experience the attraction’s 4D Marvel ride which brings you closer to the big screen, and cruise down the river in their Spirit of Singapore boat ride. 

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???? 40 Imbiah Road, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa Singapore, 099700
???? 10am – 6pm (Mon to Sun)
????  S$44 for an adult ticket, S$32 for a child ticket (under 12)

26. Trick Eye Museum

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Photo: Trickeye Museum

Be mesmerised by dazzling illusions and get photo-ops your friends will be amazed by at Trick Eye Museum, now bigger and better at their new location at the Southside. Or try out their AR virtual illusions which will leave you coming back for more.

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???? Trickeye @ Southside, Blk B 80 Siloso Road, #01-04, Singapore 098969
???? 11am – 7pm (Mon to Sun)
???? S$32 for an adult ticket, S$28 for a child ticket (under 12)

27. STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery

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Photo: STPI

A celebration of artists working with paper mediums, STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery is a creative arts collective that features works by artists residing with STPI. Their physical space is currently under renovation, but they have a temporary pop-up gallery with exhibitions, workshops, and art fairs.

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???? ArtSpace @ HeluTrans, 39 Keppel Rd, #01-05, Singapore 089065
???? 10am – 7pm (Mon to Sat), 11am – 7pm (Sunday)
???? Free

28. Red Dot Design Museum Singapore

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Photo: Red Dot Design Museum

Red Dot Design Museum is a museum dedicated to all things design, and is one for those who enjoy looking at products that have the best aesthetic appeal. You can get cakes and drinks at the museum’s bar, or purchase your own souvenir from their collection of eclectic design objects. 

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???? 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
???? 12pm – 8pm (Mon to Fri), 10am – 8pm (Sat to Sun)
????  S$10, comes with S$5 gift shop voucher

29. JCU Museum of Video and Computer Games 

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Photo: JCU Museum of Video and Computer Games

Video and computer gamers, you’re going to love the JCU Museum of Video and Computer Games, a unique museum in Singapore that focuses on the evolution of gaming. From handheld consoles and arcade games to PC titles, admission to this unique museum is by appointment only and on select days. 

???? 149 Sims Drive Singapore, Singapore 387380
???? By appointment only
???? Free

30. Singapore Art Museum

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Photo: Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum’s recently revamped space brings more avant-garde exhibits to visitors like Wayang Spaceship, a contemporary take on the solitary art of Chinese theatre, or Creatif Compleks, a neon impression of the function of the artist’s studio within the arts ecology of a city. Taking over the space at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, the museum’s quirky exhibitions are a must-see. Admission is free for Singapore residents, and S$10 for non-residents.

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???? 39 Keppel Rd, #01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
???? 10am – 7pm (Mon to Sun)
???? Free for Singapore residents, S$10 for non-residents

31. NUS Museum

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Photo: NUS Museum

Of all the places you’d expect to find a museum, NUS is the strangest by far. The NUS Museum takes visitors on a tour of historical artefacts, from fossils to artefacts from Southeast Asian societies. What also sets NUS Museum apart from the others is their prep-room exhibit, where you’ll get to see the development of museum exhibits before they are showcased. 

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???? 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, National University of Singapore Singapore 119279
???? 10am – 6pm (Tue to Sat)
???? Free

32. Changi Chapel & Museum

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Photo: Changi Chapel & Museum

The recently-revamped Changi Chapel & Museum tells the story of Changi in the World War II era when it was used as a Japanese prison camp. The museum gives visitors a look into what life in World War II was like and offers guided tours, which visitors have to pre-book in advance. You can also explore the museum with a robot guide, who assumes the persona of a soldier who was interned at the Changi prison camp during the Japanese Occupation. Then finish up your visit by popping into the on-site store and al-fresco cafe!

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???? 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
???? 9.30am – 5.30pm (Tue to Sun)
????  Free for Singapore Residents, S$8 for non-residents

33. Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

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Photo: Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

From steam engines to modern-day fire trucks, Civil Defence Heritage Gallery showcases the history of Singapore’s civil defence system, with life-size models of fire trucks displayed in the gallery and fire-fighting equipment on display. Housed in Singapore’s oldest fire station, the gallery itself is rich with history – and a great place to bring the kids for a unique outing. 

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???? 62 Hill St, Singapore 179367
???? 10am – 4pm (Tue to Sun)
???? Free

34. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

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Photo: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

If you’ve been to Chinatown, you’re definitely familiar with the large, pagoda-like building in the heart of the district. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum’s temple spans four floors, and its museum has galleries such as the History of Chinatown and Sacred Relics of the Buddha. Do note that if you’re visiting, observe the temple’s dress code and bring vegetarian food in if you’re snacking. 

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???? 288 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840
???? 7am – 5pm (Mon to Sun)
???? Free

35. Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery 

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Photo: Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery

Known as the cultural heartland of Chinatown, Kreta Ayer has a rich history dating back to 1822. From Chinese opera to lion dances, Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery follows the stories of the Chinese community with artefacts, photographs, and more.

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???? Kreta Ayer Community Centre, 28 Kreta Ayer Rd, Singapore 088995
???? 10am – 11am, 1pm – 6pm (Tue to Sun)
???? Free

36. Indian Heritage Centre

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Photo: Indian Heritage Centre

Trace the history of Indian and South Asian communities in Singapore at the Indian Heritage Centre, which has exhibits that take you through the history of the Indian community and its growth over the years. The museum has guided tours in English throughout the week, and a guided tour in Tamil on the first Saturday of evert month. If you want to pick up some souvenirs, the museum also has a gift shop selling authentic products. 

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???? 5 Campbell Ln, Singapore 209924
???? 10am – 6pm (Tue to Sun)
???? Free for Singapore Residents, S$8 for PRs and tourists

37. Malay Heritage Centre

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Photo: Malay Heritage Centre

Situated amidst the Istana Kampong Gelam, Gedung Kuning and the surrounding Kampong Gelam precinct, the Malay Heritage Centre gives visitors a glimpse of the rich history of the Malay community, with regular exhibitions and a space for children to learn about Malay culture in a kid-friendly environment. Guided tours are also conducted throughout the week.
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???? 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
???? 10am – 6pm (Tue to Sun)
???? Free

38. Eurasian Heritage Gallery

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Photo: Eurasian Heritage Gallery

Trace the roots of the Eurasian community’s heritage in Singapore at the Eurasian Heritage Gallery, which offers guided tours where visitors can get a look at the gallery’s exhibits, and savour a slice of sugee cake and cup of tea for S$8. Tours run on Tuesdays to Fridays from 2pm to 3.15pm.
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???? 139 Ceylon Rd, The Eurasian Association, Singapore 429744
???? 10am – 5pm (Tue to Sun)
???? S$8

39. Chinese Heritage Centre

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Photo: Chinese Heritage Centre

Explore Chinese heritage and culture at the Chinese Heritage Centre, a museum in NTU that gives visitors an in-depth look into the evolution of Chinese culture in Singapore, from the iconic Samsui women to modern-day Singapore. The Centre is home to its permanent exhibition: Chinese More Or Less: An Exhibition on Overseas Chinese Identity, which spans 6000 square ft complete with interactive display panels. This exhibition is currently closed for upgrading works, but will reopen in early 2023.

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???? NTU, 46 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639817
???? 9.30am – 5pm (Mon to Fri), 10am – 5pm (Sat to Sun)
???? Free

With this many hidden museums in Singapore, save this list for a rainy day when you’re bored and looking for fun new things to do and places to explore! 

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