Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
The world's biggest collection
What we say:
With more than 1,000 live specimens, this zoo-like museum is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest collection of turtles and tortoises in the world.
The highlight is a large pond and garden where hundreds of these hearty creatures enjoy treats of lettuce leaves from visitors, which can be purchased for S$2 a bundle. When you bust out the greens, the animals recognise this and all rush towards you (as much as turtles and tortoises can 'rush') hoping for a bite.
The museum is home to many rare and exotic sub-species, including alligator snapping turtles from the US, a beastly African spurred tortoise, golden Siamese temple turtles and snake-necked turtles from Australia. Turtles and tortoises are a symbol of luck and longevity in Chinese culture; a sign above the 82 year-old river turtle, the oldest known turtle of its kind, invites visitors to make a wish. The museum doesn't offer much in the way of information, but if you like turtles and tortoises, it's well worth a visit. You'll find it within the grounds of the Chinese and Japanese Gardens in western Singapore.
More details1 Chinese Garden Road, Singapore
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00–18:00
How to get there: Nearest MRT: Chinese Garden
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