Singapore's main history museum, National Museum, gives visitors a good overview of the history of Singapore through its resident exhibits. The many travelling exhibits and festivals also give a taste of international flavour to the museum.

How much time you will need: About half a day.

What we thought of it: The audio-visual presentation, together with the exhibits, make it an interesting visit to the museum.
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Addr: 93 Stamford Road,
Singapore 178897

Tel: (65) 6332 3659 / 6332 5642
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The National Museum of Singapore was re-developed and opened again in 2006. When it re-opened, many of the exhibits were complemented with audio-visual presentations, making history come to life for both the young and the old. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the Museum hosts travelling exhibitions and holds lectures and workshops, as well as screens films with historical, cultural content.
The Singapore Living Galleries displays modern Singapore and is linked to the Singapore History Gallery. In Singapore History Gallery, you will see and learn what life in Singapore was like during the colonial days. You'll also get an idea of what life was like during World War II and the Japanese Occupation. Filled with pictures, stories and artefacts, even the young children are intrigued.
Armed with an audio-visual device, you can wander through the galleries at your own pace without missing out on any commentary. You can even backtrack and repeat segments if you want to.
Look out also for travelling exhibits and events - they are quite interesting too. Past exhibits included the Greek Masterpieces from The Louvre - a first out of The Louvre in Paris. Regular events include screenings of works in the history of cinema under the World Cinema Series.
Take breaks at rest areas so that you can enjoy more of the rest of exhibits.

Things to Bring
Drinking water. Once within the galleries, it's difficult to find drinks until you've completed the gallery.

A jacket may be useful as it can get a little chilly inside.

Opening Times
Opening times:
Singapore History Gallery: 10 am to 6 pm (last admission is at 5:30 pm)
Singapore Living Galleries: 10 am to 8 pm (last admission is at 7:30 pm)

Best time to go: Anytime.

Admission Fees
Adult - $10
Student, Child (7 to 18 years old)
Senior Citizen (tourist 60 years and over) - $5
Family (3 adults and 2 children) - $30

Free admission for child aged 6 years old and under.
Free admission for senior citizen (Singaporean or Permanent Resident) 60 years and over.
Free admission for students (Singaporean or Permanent Resident) & NSF (with valid 11B pass).
Free admission to the Living Galleries from 6 pm to 8 pm every day.

Travelling exhibits and other events may be free or have different fees.

How to Get There
By Taxi - All taxi drivers know the National Museum. This is the fastest and easiest way to get there.

By MRT - Take the North-South Line or the North-East Line and alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station. It is about 10 to 15 minutes' walk to the Museum.

By Bus - Take any of the following bus numbers and alight at the bus-stop along Stamford Road, not far from the Museum: 7, 14, 14E, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 131, 147, 162, 166, 167, 171, 174, 174E, 190, 502, 700, 700A, 857, NR7.

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