Everyone loves a bargain, and while many of Singapore’s world-class museums are worth the full admission fee, with a little planning you can save on regular prices or even get in for free.
The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM if that’s too many syllables) offers a crash course in the art and cultures of the entire continent. Every Friday night from 19:00 till 21:00 tickets are halved to S$4 for adults and S$2 for children. For students with a valid ID card or if you’re over 60, admission is always S$4. Groups may save with a family ticket for S$24 (maximum five people).
The Peranakan Museum also offers Friday night discounts and from 19:00 till 21:00 admission is S$3 for adults and S$1.50 for children. The student and over 60s rate is always S$3 and a family ticket for a maximum of five people is S$18.
Alternatively, buy a joint ticket to the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum for S$11 or S$5.50 for students and over 60s any day of the week (they cost S$14 / S$7 separately). You can use the joint ticket for up to seven days.
Better yet, admission to the Singapore Art Museum is completely free every Friday from 18:00 till 21:00. This also applies to some visiting exhibits and the 8Q extension for contemporary multi-media art. Students and over 60s always get a discount and pay just S$5 instead of the full S$10 ticket price.
The only way to get a discount at the National Museum of Singapore is by flashing a student card or being over 60 years of age (S$5 instead of S$10).
National Gallery Singapore offers student and over 60s a discounted ticket of S$15 (S$5 off the usual S$20 admission), however others can save with combo tickets when there are paid exhibitions. The Concourse Galleries and the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery are free to enter.
Admission to the Red Dot Design Museum, one of only three in the world, is free one Friday night every month 17:00-24:00 for their Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD). While this will save you the usual S$8 entrance fee, you’ll probably spend more than this on the unique jewellery and clothing from local designers. If you’re a student or over 60, the regular price is S$4.
The ArtScience Museum offers discounts to students and over 60s. If you’re a family of two adults and two children you may save with a family pass. Every Friday (except during Singapore school holidays), up to four kids under 12 enter for free with one paying adult.
The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum concession rate is S$13 instead of the usual S$21 if you’re a student or over 60 years old.
Admission to museums operated by the National Heritage Board is completely free on Open House days throughout the year. Dates include New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, National Day, Deepavali and Christmas Day; keep an eye on their website for dates. Museums covered are National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, Peranakan Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Malay Heritage Centre and the Indian Heritage Centre .
National Heritage Board Museums, National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum extend concessions to people with disabilities, charged at the lowest (foreign) concession price. Caregivers are granted free access, regardless of nationality.
By Sally Arnold.
Last updated on 9th June, 2016.
The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.