The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum, located within the Chinese Garden, showcases the world's rarest and most fascinating live turtles & tortoises including the flattest tortoises (the Pancake Tortoise); the Six Legged Tortoise (the Asian Brown Tortoise); the awesome power of the Alligator turtle; the majestic beauty of the Radiated tortoise; learn the difference between the graceful, speedy Mata-mata and the muscular 60-year-old Asian Turtle of fortune; stare into the fire-red eye of the Elongata Tortoise when they mate; see and feel the spirit of the Sulcata Tortoise for luck, and the Thailand's Golden Temple Turtle for wealth.
They have more than 1000 turtles and tortoises of more than 50 over different species. The petting corner allows you to get up close with some of these turtles and tortoises.
It is a common Chinse belief that turtles and tortoises represent longevity and good fortune.
Tours: Please call them to check.
History: Between Danny and Connie Tan, father and daughter, they have more than 3,000 turtle- and tortoise-shaped artefacts in all materials, from precious porcelain to plain plastic. As of July 2005, their collection is now the biggest in the world, according to Guinness World Records. They beat a British collector with 909 such artefacts.
They opened it in 2001 (at Chinatown, 27 Neil Road) to house their artefact collection and more than 1,000 live turtles, tortoises and terrapins, kept in aquarium tanks and a pond. Most have been the family's pets from as far back as 1978, before Singapore joined an international convention in 1986 to ban the import and export of endangered species.
In 2000, Mr Tan got a licence from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to keep the reptiles in the museum for educational purposes. In 2003, Mr. Tan planned a $1.6 million expansion to house the museum in Chinese Garden. The inauguration of the The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum at Chinese Garden was by Mr. Lim Swee Say, Minister for the Environment, on 1 August 2004.
Address: 1 Chinese Garden Road, inside Chinese Garden, Singapore 619795.
The museum is a 5-minute walk from the Chinese Garden MRT Station (EW25).
Bus Stop Number 28341 & 28349 (Chinese Gdn Stn): 180 & 335.
Bus Stop Number 21651 & 21659 (Chinese Gdn): 154 & 246.
Information is correct as at 19 July 2015. Please visit the destination website for latest updates.