NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE (Singapore | Singapore City | Historic Monument)

  • Address: 93, Stamford Road, Singapore, 178897

The review below is from Darren Wei Hong’s 2018 Singapore City Guide.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

Address : 93, Stamford Road, 178897

Web-Site : http://www.nationalmuseum.sg/

Phone : +65 6332 3659

Closest MRT : Bras Basah (Circle Line)

The National Museum was founded in 1887 and is the country’s oldest museum. Although the natural history section has now gone there is a history gallery, a photo gallery and other living galleries. The most substantial part of the collection is the history gallery which has been built in a new extension to the rear of the building. The old museum buildings are sadly under-used although the architecture in both the old and new sections is impressive.

The history gallery has attracted some controversy due to the introduction of audio-visual guides which have replaced the more traditional approach. There is a move away from explanations on traditional displays and a move towards using audio from the perspective of individuals from history to explain how Singapore developed. The gallery is a little confusing both in terms of layout and the guides don’t help with this, but the new system does offer a new perspective on history which the museum should be credited for trying.

There is an admission charge of $10 for adults and $5 for concessions although Singapore residents can get in free of charge. The museum is open from 10.00 until 18.00 every day of the week with the living galleries open from 10.00 until 20.00 every day of the week with free entry after 18.00.