About National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest existing contemporary museum, having been founded in 1887. To alter the traditional visitor experience, its exhibits utilize cutting edge technology and approaches to portray culture and heritage of the splendid nation of Singapore. In order to feature thought provoking displays encompassing vitally important archives of ancient relics, the Museum organizers a wide assortment of events all year long, including the vibrant Night Festival, masterfully crafted art pieces, along with outstanding performances and cultural events.When you visit the National Museum of Singapore, it is unlike any other museum in that it provides you with a unique experience. On certain excursions, you'll also be able to listen to guided narrations, which will help you get the most out of your visit. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about Singapore's fascinating history and legacy.

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  • Visit Singapore's oldest museum which was built in 1849 and learn about 700 year old heritage of the island nation

  • Witness the antique museum which has embraced the advanced technologies and explore the galleries, exhibition, and 1700 artefacts in this architectural marvel

  • Enjoy the interactive storytelling on 3D projections,Night festival, and film screening of various styles and genres in the museum

  • You can tour the resource centre which has an expanding collection of about 15,000 publications related to cultural studies, Singapore’s history, and design

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Must Know Before You Go
  • Children aged 0-6 can enter free of charge.
  • Luggage and/or large bags are not allowed inside the venue. You may drop off your bags at reception before entering.
  • Photography is allowed, but taking videos and photos for commercial purposes, as well as the live broadcasting of the show is strictly prohibited.
  • Smoking and drinking is not allowed. You will immediately be asked to leave if caught by a staff member.
  • Participants who appear intoxicated may be refused entry or service. In this case, no refunds will be given.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue, with the exception of service animals with valid identification.
  • Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the venue.
  • Valid proof of identity (eg. passport, school pass) must be presented at the Visitor Services counter to enjoy concession admission.
  • Concession admission is applicable to Seniors (60 years and above) or Singapore Private Schools student or Specially-abled visitors. One caregiver accompanying specially abled visitors will enjoy free admission, regardless of caregiver's nationality.
  • Audio guide availability is dependent on the venue. Please refer to the official website for more information.
  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of booking, and also upon arrival. PAN card will not be considered as a valid address proof.
  • Frequent hand sanitization and use of masks recommended.
  • Flash photography, videography, and the use of tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Baby strollers are permitted in all galleries.
  • Visitors are recommended to switch their mobile phones to silent and refrain from talking loudly.
  • Visitors are encouraged to deposit their backpacks and bulky items at the lockers located on Level 2, opposite the Seminar Rooms and Basement. Lockers are available for SGD0.50 (small) or SGD1 (large).
  • Audio guide availability is dependent on the venue.
  • Storage areas are available at the venue. Please contact staff on site for rates.
  • Last admission to National Museum of Singapore Tickets 10 exhibition is 5:00 PM; Last admission to Glass Rotunda exhibitions is 6:15 PM; Last admission to other Galleries is 6:30 PM.
  • This is an open date National Museum of Singapore Tickets, so you can book on the same date as per your convenience.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at arrival.
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Why You Should Visit National Museum of Singapore?

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The National Museum of Singapore is not like any other museum which simply gives you the facts, it gives you a whole new experience when you visit. With over 1700 artifacts, the museum also has been an architectural splendour since its erection in 1887. Do not miss this once in a lifetime chance to get a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of the beautiful nation of Singapore while you get in and out of the various exhibits this museum holds. Not just the historical events, it also puts a spotlight on the cultural side of Singapore and gives you permanent exhibits on certain eras which gives your overall experience a more personal touch. When one exhibition would be teaching you about the struggle of the war heroes, another will be giving you a sensory treat with the beautiful combination of the audio and visuals. With such treasures to offer, the National Museum Singapore tickets often tend to get sold out. Hence, if you want to guarantee entry and discount on your national museum of singapore entrance fee, it is recommended that you pre-book your national museum of singapore tickets online.

Exhibitions in National Museum of Singapore

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A Voyage of Love and Longing

A Voyage of Love and Longing is an exhibit in the National Museum Singapore which will help you express your love through the beauty of nature.The exhibit showcases the drawings of William Farquhar about natural history. You could also get a digital flipbook at the end of the tour, which you could keep as a memento, included in your national museum of singapore entrance fee.

Location - Goh Seng Choo Gallery, Level 2

Timing - 10 am - 7 pm.

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An Old New World: Digital Edition

An Old New World: Digital Edition, is a permanent exhibit in the National museum Singapore which showcases Singapore’s history from the pre colonial times to the modern day and age.You could either go on a self exploration journey or go on a guided tour to get through this section with your national museum of singapore tickets. With the guided tour, you will be taken through the section with the help of narrations by Curators Daniel Tham and Iskander Mydin.

Location - Level 1, NMS

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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Growing Up

Go back to the old childhood days with the Growing Up exhibit of the National Museum Singapore.If you are born within the 1950s and 1960s, you will be treated to bittersweet nostalgia when you see that the exhibition showcases the popular items from the era and the places in Singapore where the kids liked to ‘hang out’.

Location - Level 2, Growing Up Gallery

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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History of National Museum of Singapore

Go back in time and discover interesting facts about the National Museum of Singapore’s origins as the Raffles Library and Museum. In the central portion of the mural, which depicts the Museum's splendid history, a selected part of the diverse collection is presented beautifully, and is the highlight of this exhibit.

Location - Grand Staircase, Level 1

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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Modern Colony

This Modern Colony Gallery, housed in a black and white home from the 1920s, celebrates Singapore's multicultural status as a British Crown colony at the time.Explore how even the wealthy born as well as migrant Chinese battled to assert their current individuality as well as the obstacles they faced in continuing to fulfil their role and responsibilities through an extensive ensemble of worldly possessions spanning from patterned silk cheongsams, expertly designed footwear, to personal charms.

Location - Level 2, Modern Colony Gallery

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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Moving Memories

Moving Memories features seven life-size murals by Yip Yew Chong that aim to capture the romance of "places and events... that merge sounds, sights, smell and tastes." Yew Chong, an accountant by day, sees painting as a means of self-expression and most of his paintings intertwine his personal recollections with those of Singapore citizens. Enjoy these moments representing substantial and insubstantial heritage as they come to life through animation, soundtrack, and projection, such as barbers in back alleys, traditional kopi-making, and roadside communal satay eating.

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Singapore History Gallery

The Singapore History Gallery showcases Singapore through its initial days of being the Singapura island to now where it holds the current status of being one of the fanciest places in the world!Walk through the developmental cycles of Singapura, to becoming Crown Colony, to Syonan, and finally Singapore in the year 1945.Get to see the various artifacts which date back to the centuries to shed a little light on life back in the previous eras.

Location - Level 1, Singapore History Gallery

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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Singapore, Very Old Tree

Singapore, Very Old Tree exhibition is the brain child and the hard work of local photographer Robert Zhao.With the help of 17 photographs of the trees around Singapore, he depicts the stories of each tree and eventually portrays the alternate splendid history of Singapore with trees.

Location - Level 2, Glass Rotunda

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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Story of the Forest

Story of the Forest is an interactive exhibit that turns 69 paintings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings to 3D animated films. It was developed by the acclaimed Japanese digital art group teamLab and has been a hit among the young visitors of the National Museum Singapore.

Location - Level 2, Glass Rotunda

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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Surviving Syonan

Surviving Syonan showcases the never-say-die attitude and courage of the Singaporeans towards the newly accessible Japanese occupations.In an era defined by dread, suffering, and persecution of the war heroes, you will uncover narratives and relics that bore evidence to bravery, faith, and compassion.

Location - Level 2, Surviving Syonan Gallery

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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Voice of Singapore

Voices of Singapore exhibit of National Museum Singapore gives you the cultural side of this fancy nation with the national museum of singapore tickets.Through a wide assortment of relics, including musical acts, drama and television, this part of the museum gives you a glimpse of how the Singaporeans explored and enhanced their cultural and recreational side.

Location - Level 2, Voices of Singapore Gallery

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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Wings of Rich Manoeuvre

Wings of Rich Manoeuvre was created by the beloved artist Suzann Victor and houses a chorus of eight chandeliers that produce musical sounds as they move in symphony. The sound is also accompanied by beautiful visuals which takes this entire experience to a whole new level. This special exhibit is included in your national museum of singapore fee.

Location - Glass Atrium, Level 2

Timings - 10 am - 7 pm

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1. How to Reach:

  • By Train - The National Museum is readily reachable through the MRT, a high speed rail. At Bencoolen, Bras Basah, Dhoby Ghaut, or City Hall stations, take the train to the museum. However, you will have to walk the remaining distance to the museum.

  • By Bus - The National Museum is served by a number of buses that run straight to it. Make sure you're on the right bus by consulting the public transit handbook.

  • By Car - You could simply hire a cab or drive to the location of the museum. The museum has a parking lot, so parking is hassle free with the national museum of singapore fee. The parking is chargeable depending on the time of visit and hour of stay.

2. Opening Hours: 10 am - 7 pm

Top Places to See near National Museum of Singapore

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Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a vital element of Singapore's "City in a Garden" project, spanning 101 hectares of valuable land in the center of Singapore's Marina Bay. Gardens by the Bay is a demonstration of botany and gardening craftsmanship which will take the green realm of flora to Singapore as well as introduce Singapore to the entire planet. With 3 riverside parks - Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central, you will be introduced to a relaxed and happy time when you visit the Gardens by the Bay.

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Art Science Museum

One of the top notch places for the science and technology enthusiasts, the Art Science Museum features exhibits, which would expand the boundaries of your brain beyond the limit and make you understand the secrets of the universe. It showcases exhibits, both regular and temporary, on a variety of topics and multitude of works. “The Deep” and “The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World” are two of the most beloved exhibits of the Art Science Museum. There are 21 galleries in total, and the structure of the building itself is an architectural marvel which represents the 10 fingers of a welcoming hand.

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Fort Canning Park

Because of its uncommon blend of historical treasures, gorgeous vegetation, and large grounds, Fort Canning is a literary and artistic hotspot. For decades, theatre carnivals, art festivals, starlit movies, and Ballet Under the Stars have captivated audiences. No matter what age group you belong to, or if you are a nature lover or history enthusiast, the Fort Canning Park has something for you which will delight you. The 18 hectare park now boasts a plethora of activities, ranging from historic sites to open lawns for events, as well as, of course, foliage for nature enthusiasts.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are a popular tourist attraction as well as a historic landmark in the city. UNESCO has designated the gardens as a World Heritage Site. The world renowned Orchid Garden of Singapore is housed amid the 163 year old grounds on the outskirts of the Orchard Road Shopping District. The gardens, which cover an area of 60 hectares and are home to over 60,000 different variety of plants and flower varieties, attract millions of tourists each year.

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Marina Barrage

The Marina Barrage is an excellent place to combine learning with enjoyment, soaking in the bright sunshine and trying on the fun water activities. The reservoir's water is relatively calm throughout the year, making it suitable for some splashing adventure like kayaking or perhaps a dragon boat racing for the more collaborative. If water activities aren't your scene, walk to the barrage's roof, that features a grassy area perfect for flying a kite or simply relaxing your loved ones.

FAQ's of National Museum of Singapore

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    The citizens of Singapore, and the Permanent Residents, along with children below 6 years of age belonging to any nationality, get free admission into the National Museum of Singapore. However, if you are a Singapore Citizen and a Permanent Resident, you need to show the pink or blue NRIC for scanning purposes.

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