Archive for the 'Museums' Category

Aug 19 2013

Reflections at Bukit Chandu

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Reflections at Bukit Chandu is housed in a charming colonial bungalow, the last remaining in this area.

Tucked away on a peaceful hill off Singapore’s Pasir Panjang is a stately restored colonial bungalow housing World War II exhibit titled Reflections at Bukit Chandu. One of many sights in Singapore that showcase the city state’s role in World War II, today’s calm belies the bloody hand-to-hand combat that took place here over two … read the full post

Apr 18 2013

Review: Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore

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Movie time at the Malay Heritage Centre.

Get a crash course in the kebaya, keris and everything else Malay at the Malay Heritage Centre in Singapore’s historic Kampong Glam neighbourhood. This museum recently reopened after total overhaul and is bigger and better than ever before. The centre is also known as the Istana Kampong Glam as it served as the Sultan’s palace … read the full post

Oct 26 2012

Singapore’s Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

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At this museum you're welcome to touch - or sit in - the exhibits!

Singapore’s Civil Defence Heritage Gallery is a lot more fun than the name suggests, with antique fire engines you can climb aboard and the opportunity to stick your arm into a hazmat (hazardous material) suit. It’s the perfect place to take aspiring firefighters and admission is free. Just a five-minute walk from City Hall MRT … read the full post

Jun 08 2012

Natural history drawings at the National Museum of Singapore

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When the British colonised Singapore in the 18th century they sent more than just governors and garrison – they also sent naturalists to document the island’s exotic flora and fauna. One of them was William Farquhar, and a new permanent exhibit at the National Museum Singapore showcases his well-known collection of natural history drawings. William … read the full post

Mar 24 2012

Raffles Hotel Museum

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Note: The Raffles Hotel Museum closed permanently in February 2013. Raffles Hotel is the one place in Singapore where nostalgia about the British colonial days seems to be encouraged, and only then because it’s a serious money maker. A night in the cheapest room at this luxury heritage hotel costs S$700 and even a Singapore … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

Guide to Singapore museum discounts

There’s no denying that Singapore is an expensive city, which is why I try to regularly write posts with the potential to save Travelfishers some money. I’ve recently covered budget places to stay like Singapore’s cheapest hostels and family rooms under S$120, and now I turn my focus to the city’s diverse and world-class museums. … read the full post

Nov 16 2011

Singapore’s Mint Museum of Toys

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When you were a kid, how did you treat your toys? Did you tear into a new toy and play until it broke, or were you the type who kept your favourites in mint condition with the original box? The Founder of the Mint Museum, Singaporean Chang Yang Fa, was definitely the latter and his … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Sentosa’s new Maritime Experiential Museum

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Every year new attractions open on Sentosa and every time they seem to be more and more random. The most recent additions have been a cable car museum, sky-diving simulator, and the world’s largest dancing animatronics show. Seriously, who comes up with these things? But the new Maritime Experiential Museum is a perfect fit.  It’s … read the full post

Feb 27 2011

The Red Dot Design Museum, Singapore

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A museum showcasing luggage, iPod stereos, and thermal underwear? The Red Dot Design Museum’s collection may seem oddly mundane, but if you’re familiar with the award of the same name it makes a lot more sense. Established in 1955, a prestigious German design centre awards the “Red Dot” to everyday products with trendsetting or exceptional … read the full post

Jan 26 2011

On Singapore’s WW2 Trail: The Battle Box

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Sometimes I get the feeling Singapore doesn’t want visitors to know about places like the Battle Box. Maybe it’s because the events that happened here aren’t exactly a high point in local history or maybe it’s simply because most tourists come to Singapore to eat at hawker centres and shop, but the Battle Box remains … read the full post