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The 9 Hottest Museums & Galleries In Singapore
Singapore is a multiracial melting pot, owing much of its current population to the Chinese, Indian and Malay diaspora.
Despite being only 58 years young, it has earned a reputation for being one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant cultural hubs, with a rich heritage proudly on display across various museums and art galleries.
Entry to many of these museums and galleries, particularly those managed by or in partnership with the National Heritage Board, is completely free for Singaporean citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs).
Silvers above 60 – and therefore considered senior citizens in Singapore – get the added benefit of receiving free admission for some ticketed exhibitions.
Many of these art and cultural institutions offer guided tours, some of which are led by volunteers. The history buffs among us might want to consider signing up as a volunteer tour guide. Please refer to individual museum websites for more details.
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Here is our list of ten museums and galleries worth spending an afternoon — or longer — at.
Museums with free entry for senior citizens
1. The Peranakan Museum
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Origins gallery. Image courtesy of the Peranakan Museum
The Peranakan Museum reopens after a four-year revamp with nine all-new permanent galleries stuffed with artefacts both novel and achingly familiar.
Explore the lesser-known aspects of the Peranakan story, including practices and customs distinct to individual subcultures of the Arab, Chinese or Jawi Peranakans.

The Peranakan Museum
Location: 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941
Opening Hours: Sat – Thu, 10am – 7pm; Fri, 10am – 9pm
Admission: Free for Singaporeans/PRs
Tel: +65 6332 7591
Website: https://www.peranakanmuseum.org.sg/

2. Asian Civilisations Museum
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Asian Civilisations Museum
Sister to The Peranakan Museum is Singapore’s national museum of Asian antiquities and decorative art.
Situated along the Singapore River, the Asian Civilisations Museum puts Asia’s rich history of over five millennia on display, with a myriad of relics both east- and pan-Asian in origin.
There is currently a special exhibition — titled Body & Spirit — centred around Asian wellness practices and their relation to the human body. Expect to glean deeper insight into how Asian religions grapple with body and spirit interactions. The exhibition ends 26 Mar.

Asian Civilisations Museum
Location: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Opening Hours: Sat – Thu, 10am – 7pm; Fri, 10am – 9pm
Admission: Free for Singaporeans/PRs. Special exhibition is ticketed, but free for seniors
Tel: +65 6332 7798
Website: https://www.acm.org.sg/

3. Changi Chapel & Museum
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Changi Chapel and Museum
Changi Chapel & Museum tells the story of Singapore during the Japanese Occupation through an intimate and authentic lens.
Hardship, fear and tenacity are revealed by personal letters and other objects contributed to the museum from descendants of prisoners of war and other civilians who were interned at Changi prison camp, while multimedia experiences give visitors an immersive glimpse into life during the terrible 1940s.

Changi Chapel & Museum
Location: 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun, 9.30am – 5pm
Admission: Free for Singaporeans/PRs
Tel: +65 6242 6033
Website: https://www.nhb.gov.sg/changichapelmuseum/

4. National Museum of Singapore
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National Museum of Singapore
Singapore’s oldest museum was first founded in 1849, before making its way to its current premises on Stamford Road in 1887.
As its name suggests, the museum focuses on recounting the tale of Singapore from sleepy fishing village, to colonial hub, and finally independent modern metropolis.
One plus point for silvers: Free weekly senior-friendly tours, both onsite and online, exploring various themes of the Singapore story.

National Museum of Singapore
Location: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Opening Hours: Free for Singaporeans/PRs
Admission: Free for Singaporeans/PRs
Tel: +65 6332 3659
Website: https://www.nationalmuseum.sg/

5. National Gallery Singapore
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National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore is the place to be for all things to do with progressive art in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Consider it a two-in-one trip, as you’d also be visiting the two beautifully restored national monuments the gallery is housed in, namely City Hall and the former Supreme Court.
It has even joined forces with international heritage and culture institutions like Musee d’Orsay, Tate Britain and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo to present Southeast Asian oeuvres on a global scale.
Their latest exhibit, aptly titled Living Pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia, is an exploration into photography and how it has evolved from creating costly mementoes into hastily-snapped-and-discarded selfies in a span of 150 years. The exhibition ends 20 Aug.

National Gallery Singapore
Location: 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free for Singaporeans/PRs
Tel: +65 6271 7000
Website: https://www.nationalgallery.sg

6. Indian Heritage Centre
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Indian Heritage Centre
The Indian Heritage Centre – strategically located in the vibrant enclave that is Little India – serves as an entryway into the fascinating history of Indian and South Asian culture and its diverse communities.
Make the most out of the visit and sign up for a walking tour that’ll take you around one of Singapore’s most colourful heritage precincts, where exciting sights – and excellent eats – await at every corner.

Indian Heritage Centre
Location: 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
Opening Hours: Open Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free for Singaporeans/PRs
Tel: +65 6291 1601
Website: https://www.indianheritage.gov.sg/

7. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
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Image courtesy of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
A heritage institution dedicated to the exploration of the Nanyang revolution in the early 20th century and how it influenced the Singapore Chinese community.
Their latest special exhibition, titled Connections Across Oceans: Early Chinese Mutual Aid Organisations, uncovers another aspect of the Chinese diaspora in Singapore: clan associations, which served as vital pillars in a Chinese migrant’s life as both socio-cultural nexus and source of financial support.

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Location: 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
Opening Hours: Open Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free for Singaporeans/PRs
Tel: +65 6256 7377
Website: : https://www.sysnmh.org.sg/en

Museums with discounted entry for senior citizens
1. Singapore Art Museum
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Singapore Art Museum
Contemporary art lovers will enjoy the offering of the Singapore Art Museum, which is wholly dedicated to all modern forms of artistic expression.
The museum has three campuses in all: two are within walking distance, along Queen Street, while the third and newest addition is an expansive gallery in Tanjong Pagar Distripark.
The first two are currently in redevelopment, but you can still visit its newest campus to get a taste of what Southeast Asia has to offer by way of contemporary art.
Fun fact: the Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark is the main venue for the seventh edition of the Singapore Biennale (SB2022), an international contemporary art exhibition, which ends on 19 Mar.

Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
Location: 39 Keppel Road, #01-02, Singapore 089065
Opening Hours: Open daily, 10am – 7pm
Admission: Concession fee of $10 for seniors (60 and up)
Tel: +65 6697 9730
Website: https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/

2. Mint Museum of Toys
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Mint Museum of Toys
One to consider visiting with grandkids in tow, if only to show them what we had to rely on for entertainment before iPads were invented (and only after sticks, stones and our imagination went out of fashion).
That said, the Mint Museum of Toys probably deserves a trip in its own right, as it houses the largest vintage toy collection in Asia with over 50,000 pieces and counting.

Mint Museum of Toys
Location: 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun, 9:30am – 6:30pm
Admission: Concession fee of $15 for children (seven to 12) and seniors (60 and up)
Tel: +65 6339 0660
Website: https://emint.com/

3. ArtScience Museum
The 9 Hottest Museums & Galleries In Singapore - ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands
ArtScience Museum. Image courtesy of the Marina Bay Sands
Art, technology, science and culture collide at the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands, offering immersive exhibitions that tackle a myriad of eclectic interests, including an imagined future, mental health, anime and most recently, a contemporary sneakerhead culture.
Think of the 2023 Asian premiere of Sneakertopia as a crash course on why someone would queue up for hours and drop a whole lot of cash on grungy street kicks.
For the silver sneaker enthusiasts among us, look forward to the more than 100 limited-edition sneakers on display. The exhibition runs until 30 Jul.

ArtScience Museum
Location: 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 7pm
Admission: Concession fee of $14 for seniors (65 and up)
Tel: +65 6688 8888
Website: https://www.marinabaysands.com/museum.html

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