National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

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Gain an understanding of the country's history and traditions National Museum of Singapore. Learn about how Singapore's suffered under Japanese occupation in World War II, but also resisted with tenacity and resourcefulness. You can also discover the details about Singapore's experience under British rule and its development as an independent nation in the 1960s. Make sure you take a walk along the museum's concourse, a striking architectural feature that blends classic and modern styles. Use our Singapore road trip planning tool to arrange your visit to National Museum of Singapore and other attractions in Singapore.
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  • A great museum and building. You might spend hours here fascinated by their collections. There's a difference of admission ticket price for tourist but definitely worth visit.  more »
  • Interesting historical tour in Singapore. I was impressed by the personality and the Lee Kuan Yew's actions as well as by the development of Singapore after its independence. Impressive is also the point that was devoted to Japanese occupation during World War II. Definitely worth the visit
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  • Spent half of my day getting to know the history and culture of Singapore and it was time well spent! Foreigners need to pay for the ticket which is about 15 Singaporean Dollars. When I was there ther...  more »
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  • Beautiful museum and well worth the $15 entry fee. Definitely worth checking out the History gallery, the Very Old Tree exhibit, and the Story of the Forest exhibit. There's a lot to the history gallery so I'd suggest checking out the free tours the museum offers, which provide a comprehensive walk-through in only about 75 minutes (11 am and 2 pm). The Story of the Forest is a visually stunning and immersive video display of the Singaporean Flora and Fauna - amazing to look at, but not much substance.
  • Open daily 10am to 7pm. The best and grandest museum in Singapore. Definitely one of my favorites (also visit Asian Civilization Museum, Singapore Art Museum and Art Science Museum). The National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum and dates back to 1887 when it opened on Stamford Road as the Raffles Library and Museum. My favorite part of the museum is the The Singapore History Gallery, which is the best place to get a quick overview of Singapore and how it came to be as a nation. Admission is free for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below.
  • Singapore’s oldest museum is a progressive showcase of the country’s history and culture. If you have time to visit only one place to learn about the history and culture of Singapore, this is probably it. The National Museum of Singapore tells you the intriguing story of this country in a manner that is both fun and rewarding. With its history dating back to 1887, the National Museum is the nation’s oldest, and one of the city’s architectural icons. Its permanent offerings, the Singapore History and Living Galleries, piece together the past and present in a compelling narrative.
  • The museum was established in 1849 by the then Singapore Institution Committee. It was called the Raffles Library and Museum and exhibited items of historical and archaeological value from Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. The museum was part of an establishment of a public repository of knowledge of Malayan in a school, museum and library. This objective can be traced to an 1823 meeting called by Sir Stamford Raffles to discuss a revival of the region's cultural heritage. The museum occupied a section of the library of the Singapore Institution, later became the Raffles Institution. In 1874, the museum moved to the Town Hall (now known as the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall). However, due to the growing collection in the museum, it moved back to the Singapore Institution in 1876 situated at the new wing of the institution.
  • A very interesting place with all the facts you need to get to know Singapore. The guide was quite thorough in her explanation and make sure everybody was interested in what she wanted to say. It's amazing knowing how this country evolved this fast in very few years.

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