Learn about the milestones in Singapore General Hospital's medical history, their defining moments and medical breakthroughs from the many rare photographs, interesting artefacts and multimedia presentations at the SGH Museum. Find out how life in the hospital was like during the war years as well as get a glimpse of life in the medical school early years. It is also a place where one can learn about the development of medical specialties and medical education in Singapore.
The Museum adopts a thematic approach in presenting the Hospital's history of more than 180 years, where visitors get not just an insight into the significant development of the hospital through the years, but also an understanding of the impact these incidents have on the people and the community.
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History: SGH Museum is located at Bowyer Block, an architectural landmark in the Outram Campus. Bowyer Block was opened on 29 March 1926. Part of the Bowyer Block was demolished in the 1980s to make way for the construction of the new Singapore General Hospital. It is the only one of the three blocks constructed in 1926 that remained standing today.
Bowyer Block was first known as 'Upper Block' of the new General Hospital opened in 1926, and was the main administration block accommodating the first and second class male wards and first class female wards. Together with the Middle and Lower Blocks, it was renamed Bowyer, Stanley and Norris Blocks respectively after the Second World War, in memory of the three officials who were closely associated with the hospitals of Singapore and who had lost their lives during the period. It was renamed after Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Herbert Bowyer, who had perished during the war.
Today, the Bowyer Block is the only building of the three blocks that still remained standing. The SGH Museum was officially opened by His Excellency, Mr S R Nathan, President of the Republic of Singapore on 20 May 2005.
Address: Along Third Hospital Avenue, at the Bowyer Block in Singapore General Hospital, Singapore 169608.
Bus stop number 06029 and 06011: Services 33, 63, 75, 121, 174, 174E, 851 and 970.
Bus stop number 10018: Services 61, 124, 143, 147, 166, 197, 961 and 961C.
MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) Station: Outram Park EW16/NE3/TS17 U/C.
Information is correct as at 19 October 2014. Please visit the destination website for latest updates.