Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

Great outing for aspiring firefighters

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What we say: 3.5 stars

This place sounds like a yawner judging by the name but it's actually a lot of fun, especially for youngsters.

The gallery is located in the Central Fire Station, which is the oldest in Singapore. The whole first level commemorates the history of firefighting in Singapore, the highlight of which are three antique fire engines that were imported from Britain. The little ones will have a blast climbing inside the cab of the fire engine. More serious exhibits include documentation and photos from the tragic Bukit Ho Swee fire, which destroyed some 2,000 homes in 1961.

The second level of the gallery is dedicated to modern safety in Singapore, which by now you probably know is a tad obsessive when it comes to safety and health. Here you'll find a complete ambulance to go with dioramas showing how, for example, people would be rescued in the event of a collapsed subway tunnel. Kids should appreciate the video game-esque exhibits that allow you to put your arm in a hazmat suit or use a fire hose to put out a burning fire on a TV screen.

If you can manage to come on a Saturday morning from 09:00–11:00, there is also an open house at the active fire station.

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62 Hill Street
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 10:00-17:00
How to get there: Nearest MRT: City Hall
Last updated: 7th June, 2014

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Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at

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