With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore (新加坡国家博物院) is the nation’s oldest museum with a progressive mind. It is custodian of the 11 National Treasures, and its Singapore History and Living Galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience.
A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round—the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances and film screenings—in addition to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions involving critically important collections of artefacts. The programming is supported by a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail and a Resource Centre. The National Museum of Singapore re-opened in December 2006 after a three-year redevelopment, and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012.
Tours: There are free guided tours subjected to availability of volunteer guides. In English Mon - Fri 11am & 2pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3.30pm. There are also tours in other languages such as Mandarin, Japanese and French at other timings. Please refer to their website for more information.
History: Opening of the Raffles Library and Museum, by the Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Frederick Weld, when Singapore was part of the British Straits Settlements. It was known for its natural history collection of Southeast Asia as well as its ethnology and archaeology collecctions.
The Museum separated from the library. Following independence in 1965, it was renamed National Musum to reflect its new pivotal role in nation building. In 1993, the National Museum became part of the National Heritage Board. The Singapore History Museum is housed in the historically-rich National Museum building.
Address: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897.
You can walk from the MRT stations mentioned on the map, as of this update Bencoolen DT21 is still under construction.
Bus Stop No. 04121 (SMU): 7, 14, 14E, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 131, 147, 162, 162M, 166, 167, 171, 174, 174E, 175, 190, 700, 700A, 850E, 857, 951E & 971E.
Bus Stop No. 08041 (YMCA): 7, 14, 14E, 16, 36, 64, 65, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 139, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174E, 175, 190, 700, 700A, 850E, 857, 951E, 971E & 972.
Bus Stop No. 07509 (SMU): 64, 65, 139 & 972.
Bus Stop No. 04189 (Manulife Ctr): 131, 147, 166 & 857.
Bus Stop No. 08069 (Rendezvous Grand Hotel): 7, 14, 14E, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174E, 175, 190, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 587, 590, 598, 700, 700A, 850E, 951E & NR7.
Information is correct as at 26 July 2015. Please visit the destination website for latest updates.