Housed in a Neo-Palladian structure and crowned with a stunning stained-glass dome, the island’s oldest museum opened in 1887. Known as the Raffles Museum and Library, it was famed for its remarkable collections of natural history, ethnology, and archaeology.
Following Singapore’s independence in 1965, the museum was renamed the National Museum to reflect its new role and altered its focus to exhibitions that concentrated on the history and peoples of Singapore. The museum has a permanent collection and various exhibitions on a range of subjects from Chinese secret societies to botany, but the highlights of the museum are the 11 artifacts that have collectively been christened the “Treasures of the National Museum.” Among these rare pieces are 14th-century east Javanese-style gold ornaments excavated at Fort Canning, the 20th-century Xin Sai Le Puppet Stage, and William Farquhar’s collection of 477 natural history drawings. Other exhibits include a Peranakan house exhibit, a Children’s Discovery Gallery, and a History of Singapore Gallery, which displays a series of 20 model dioramas.
How to go to National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore
Address: 93 Stamford Road
Contact Number: +65 6332 3659
Nearest MRT: City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut
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|2 Ways||From S$180|
|Hourly||S$54/hr (min 10hrs); S$66/hr (min 3hrs)|
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|2 Ways||From S$204|
|Hourly||S$78/hr (min 10hrs); S$90/hr (min 3hrs)|
|40 Seaters||1 Way||From S$132|
|2 Ways||From S$264|
|Hourly||S$90/hr (min 10hrs); S$102/hr (min 3hrs)|
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