Best Galleries and Museums in Singapore

This one’s for you, art lovers of the island!

In light of museums around Singapore reopening and even launching digital tours, we’ve put together a list of the top museums in Singapore to visit in person or virtually.

The information on this page will help you organize your trip, a list of virtual and physical exhibitions.

But first, let’s look at the cost of attendance. Thus, you’ll know how much time to allocate to planning your art excursions.

Without further delay, here are our picks for the top best museums on the island!

1. National Gallery Singapore

BEST FORAll Ages/Families, Students, Tourists
WEBSITEhttps://www.nationalgallery.sg/
ADDRESS1 St. Andrew’s Road, #01–01, Singapore 178957
CONTACT DETAILS(+65) 6271 7000 | info@nationalgallery.sg
OPERATING HOURSMon to Sun: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

We’ll start with Singapore’s National Gallery, which houses the region’s greatest public collection of modern art. This art gallery, which is located in the ancient City Hall and former Supreme Court building, is a sight to behold.

For all of these reasons, we adore this gallery and believe it is well worth a trip. For starters, with over 9,000 pieces on exhibit, the museum has plenty to keep you busy. These include both permanent and special collections.

Exhibitions such as “Siapa Nama Kamu?” and “Between Declarations,” which cover Singaporean and Southeast Asian art history beginning in the 19th century, have made this gallery famous.

I doubt anyone else had the opportunity to see these collections on this grand scale. For those interested in learning more about the artists, we recommend taking advantage of the free guided tour that is included with normal entry.

Alternatively, you may see the museum’s first virtual 3D exhibition, which features the work of four contemporary photographers, online.

If you like, you may utilize the Gallery Explorer app, which is a great companion for those who prefer to explore on their own.

As an additional hint, you may typically borrow a gadget for free from Visitor Services in B1, but, owing to COVID-19, this service has been discontinued.

And because this gallery has a diverse collection and is accessible to people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, we think it’s great for everyone. Locals may take advantage of several activities and events, including free entry.

Tourists pay an average of $20 to enter the gallery and its sub-galleries, as well as City Hall and the Chief Justice’s office.

There is also a gallery here that is one of the island’s most PWD-friendly institutions. A sign language interpreter can be arranged in addition to the gallery’s wheelchair accessibility. Furthermore, your assistance dog is welcome!

2. National Museum of Singapore

BEST FORAll Ages/Families, Students, Tourists
WEBSITEhttps://www.nhb.gov.sg/nationalmuseum
ADDRESS 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
CONTACT DETAILS(+65) 6332 3659 | nhb_nm_hospitality@nhb.gov.sg
OPERATING HOURSMon to Sun: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

In addition, the inclusion of Singapore’s National Museum is a given. Because it’s Singapore’s first museum, you’ll learn a lot about the island nation’s history here.

The Singapore History Gallery and the Modern Colony, which illustrate the island’s growth from the 13th century to the end of the 19th century, are both rooted in history.

Due to COVID-19, guided tours are now unavailable. However, you may still take a self-guided tour with their smartphone-based interactive Dome Bot.

This being a national museum, it’s no secret that the place may become crowded. However, with the use of their website’s live visitor update feature, you can observe if the museum is busy or not and plan your trip appropriately.

There’s also an interactive exhibit online that shows Singapore’s response to several public health crises over the years, which is a good representation of the current state of the healthcare industry.

Instead of focusing on the museum’s regular programming like lectures and workshops, they host an annual Night Festival that includes everything from live performances and art installations to cinema screenings and other types of entertainment. This event has been postponed for the time being, so keep an eye out for it again soon.

We like the museum’s service-dog friendliness and accessibility for those in wheelchairs. To differentiate themselves, they provide “Silent Mornings” for children who have sensory issues, as well as quiet rooms.

The museum still encourages group visits, particularly from special education schools, notwithstanding the suspension of this program.

Singapore nationals, permanent residents, and children under the age of six are all admitted free. Discounts are offered for the elderly, students, and others. Otherwise, tourists and non-residents will be charged the regular entry price.

3. Asian Civilization Museum

BEST FORAll Ages/Families, Students, Tourists
WEBSITEhttps://www.nhb.gov.sg/acm
ADDRESS1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
CONTACT DETAILS(+65) 6332 7798 | nhb_acm_vs@nhb.gov.sg
OPERATING HOURSMon to Sun: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

The Asian Civilizations Museum has a great collection of Asian antiques and ornamental art if you’re like that sort of thing. Southeast Asian culture is a major draw, with a part devoted solely to the region’s rich maritime heritage.

The “Tang Shipwreck” is a major exhibit in the museum’s “Trade” wing. Over a thousand well-preserved objects from the Indian Ocean trade are on exhibit, including silver, gold, and ceramics.

Consequently, we highly recommend visiting the museum if this is something you’re very interested in! It’s also kid-friendly, with kid-friendly books and guided tours available upon request.

In early 2021, they’ll have an exhibition called “Faith Beauty Love Hope” that will be available virtually. This show showcases a selection of the museum’s most important permanent collections.

One of the best parts of the museum, in fact, is the variety of tours available. To embark on a self-guided tour, you may either use their daily guided tours or any of their online resources.

Service dogs are welcome, and the museum is wheelchair-accessible. The museum’s crowd levels may be tracked online so you can visit when it’s not too crowded, which is rarely the case.

4. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

BEST FORStudents, Scientists/Researchers, Families
WEBSITEhttps://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/
ADDRESSNational University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377
CONTACT DETAILS(+65) 6601 3333 | nhmvisit@nus.edu.sg
OPERATING HOURSTues to Sun: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Is that something you’ve always wanted to do to see actual dinosaur fossils up close? You won’t have to go far to find the Lee Kong Chian Museum of Natural History!

It’s one of the few museums in the world with exhibits on dinosaur fossils and Southeast Asian flora and wildlife. Not to mention the opportunity to see the Jurong Island sperm whale carcass that was discovered in 2015 up close.

There are better natural history museums out there, but this one stands out because of its unusual collections. The museum’s displays can be explored in 2 to 3 hours, making it ideal for people who only have an afternoon to spare.

There are also free guided tours available. However, they have been put on hold till further notice.

However, compared to larger museums, its lack of kid-friendly activities and events may be a turnoff for some. The museum, on the other hand, can accommodate school groups and customized tours for visitors of all ages and skill levels.

While this museum does not provide free entry, members of the community, students, and those with a valid photo ID can all take advantage of reduced pricing. NUS employees, students, and children under the age of three are exempt from paying entry costs.

5. Singapore Art Museum

BEST FORAll Ages/Families, Students
WEBSITEhttps://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/
ADDRESS71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555 (Closed Until 2026)
CONTACT DETAILS(+65) 6697 9730 | Online form available here
OPERATING HOURSMon to Fri: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (General Enquiries)

To begin, please note that the heritage buildings of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) will be closed for repairs until 2026, although they are still worth mentioning for a few reasons.

Contemporary Southeast Asian and Singaporean art are well-represented at SAM, with works in a wide range of media, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and video.

In fact, the Singapore Biennale is organized by them every two years, and it is the island’s greatest contemporary art show. If you’re a fan of art and want to see what’s new, the next show is planned to be in 2022 or 2023.

Only temporary installations will be on display in the museum’s immediate area (for free) or at SAM’s partner institutions while the museum is closed. Visit this page to see a list of the museum’s current exhibits.

With regard to education, SAM is still accommodating programs for students and schools at partner institutions at this time.

One thing that sets their programs apart is that they offer a touch collection for students who are blind or have low vision. They also run a program that uses art to keep older citizens in nursing homes engaged.

We’re anticipating a lot from these programs, especially when their heritage buildings reopen, so stay tuned. As a result, be sure to keep an eye out for them!

6. Red Dot Design Museum

BEST FORAdults, University Students
WEBSITEhttps://museum.red-dot.sg/
ADDRESSRed Dot Design Museum, 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
CONTACT DETAILS(+65) 6514 0111 | museum@red-dot.sg
OPERATING HOURSWed to Fri: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sat to Sun: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Find inspiration from award-winning items at the Red Dot Design Museum if you have a sense of style!

The Red Dot Design Award—an international competition that recognizes only the greatest design and business concepts—is on display in this museum. In the corridors of their two-story glass structure, you’ll see more than 300 meticulously chosen pieces of art.

A $10 voucher for food and shopping is included with every admittance ticket; this may be used at the museum’s café and store on-site. A selection of the prize winners’ designs is for sale at the second location, including high-end daily products.

The shop alone is worth a visit if you’re looking to buy goods from all around the world. However, purchasing an entrance ticket is the ideal choice if you want to get the most out of your trip.

As a result, the museum’s collection is very specialized, with only a small number of adults and academics likely to find interest in it. If you’re an industrial design student seeking inspiration, this museum could be a good place to go.

With its waterfront position on Marina Bay, the museum is also close to a variety of stores and restaurants, making it an ideal spot for adults to lunch and wander about after visiting the museum.

7. Science Centre Singapore

BEST FORAll Ages/Families, Students
WEBSITEhttps://www.science.edu.sg/
ADDRESSScience Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
CONTACT DETAILS(+65) 6425 2500 | customer_care@science.sg
OPERATING HOURSScience Centre Singapore
Fri to Sun, School and Public Holidays: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Snow City
Tues to Fri: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat to Sun, School and Public Holidays: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

One of the best ways to learn about science is to visit the Science Centre Singapore. With so many hands-on exhibits in the vicinity, it’s easy to see why this scientific center is popular with both young and old visitors.

One of the most popular exhibits, “Phobia2: The Science of Fear,” explains how phobias may interfere with people’s daily lives and are located both indoors and outdoors. Anyone with even the slightest interest in psychology will like this display.

With a focus on Earth sciences and how natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, “Earth Alive” is another blockbuster. It’s also a 60-minute permanent display suitable for visitors of all ages.

Snow City, an indoor attraction where visitors may experience snow in tropical Singapore, is just next door to the science center.

With so many things to do in one place, it’s easy for families to organize a fun-filled weekend trip.

With a focus on teaching, it’s no surprise that the scientific center excels at school programs and kid-friendly seminars.

The majority of exhibitions are created with low sensory levels in mind so that children with sensory issues may enjoy them.

Science Centre Singapore’s main flaw is that it’s closed from Mondays to Thursdays, which means the weekends are always crowded. We recommend going in the off-season to avoid the crowds and to take advantage of the free entrance for residents.

8. The Battlebox

BEST FORAdults, Military Groups, Children/Students Aged 7 and Above
WEBSITEhttps://www.battlebox.com.sg/
ADDRESS2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622
CONTACT DETAILS(+65) 6338 6133 | enquiry@battlebox.com.sg
OPERATING HOURSFri to Sun, Public Holidays: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

The Battlebox Museum isn’t your typical educational institution. With artifacts and multimedia from the former military bunker, you’ll get a sense of how British forces decided to hand over Singapore to the Japanese invasion during WWII.

After World War II, a top-secret bunker that served as a center for British espionage was all but forgotten. However, after its rediscovery in the 1980s, the bunker-turned-museum reopened in 1997, welcoming interested visitors to have a closer look.

Entry inside Battlebox requires a 30-minute guided tour, although you’re free to wander about the bunker after that point. Despite the fact that they are closed the bulk of the week, we like the availability of many windows every day.

By the way, there’s no need to be concerned about the museum being packed because the number of visitors each time slot is quite limited.

We believe that this museum is more suited for an older crowd due to the dense substance of the tour. Parents with strollers and PWDs may find it a struggle to enter and exit the Battlebox with their children, but they are invited to do so.

While in the bunker, you can utilize the wheelchairs that are provided.

Contrary to other museums, photography and filming are not permitted in the Battlebox. Outside the museum, however, photography is permitted, so plan ahead and plan your picture opportunities after your visit.

9. ArtScience Museum

BEST FORAll Ages/Families, Students
WEBSITEhttps://www.marinabaysands.com/museum.html
ADDRESS6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
CONTACT DETAILS(+65 6688 8888) | museumenquiries@marinabaysands.com
OPERATING HOURSMon to Sun: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

There is an ArtScience Museum with a lotus-shaped building at the renowned Marina Bay Sands. Many notable painters, including Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh, have had exhibitions at the museum.

About 200 artifacts, including Star Wars sets, costumes, and more, are on display in the museum’s current traveling show, which will be visiting the ArtScience Museum soon.

If this interests you, make sure to check out ArtScience Museum’s current pop culture exhibits.

Aside from that, we recommend checking out their “Future World” exhibition, which is part of their permanent collection. As an interactive digital display, it has themes like “City in a Garden,” “Space,” and more. These are great for posing for Instagram photographs!

Due to its participatory character, this exhibit offers something special for children. Although it lacks the opulence of other museums, its unique feature makes the museum an excellent choice for families with children.

Before or after your visit, dine at one of the many waterfront restaurants in Marina Bay. In fact, you’ll have time for a little retail therapy!

10. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

BEST FORAll Ages/Families, Students, Chinese History Enthusiasts
WEBSITEhttps://www.sysnmh.org.sg/en
ADDRESS12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
CONTACT DETAILS(+65) 6256 7377 | NHB_WQY@nhb.gov.sg
OPERATING HOURSTues to Sun: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, the final stop on our tour, should not be missed. This modest museum pays homage to Chinese revolutionary hero Sun Yat Sen’s life and legacy as a national historical monument.

This historic mansion, located off Balestier Road, was formerly home to Singaporean socialist leader Sun Yat Sen. Photographs and artifacts from the Chinese Revolution and Sun Yat Sen’s life may be seen throughout the museum.

This museum could be more intriguing to history buffs due to its focus on a narrow segment of the population. For anyone interested in learning more about the revolution, the museum offers free guided tours in English or Mandarin.

Balestier Heritage Trail is a part of the museum as well as a variety of other historical places worth seeing.

As a result, if you’re in the neighborhood or just looking for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, we suggest paying a visit to this museum. The museum’s visitor’s desk has a trail map that you may pick up for free.

And they are Singapore’s greatest museums! We really hope that this information was useful in helping you plan your future trip.

Do you think we missed any deserving institutions? Let us know in the comments. Send us an email, and we’ll take a look at it as soon as we can.

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