As Singapore’s oldest museum, the National Museum of Singapore serves as the country’s definitive historical record. Built in 1887, the national treasure contains precious artifacts and fine art, including a selection of watercolors from William Farquhar.
The National Museum of Singapore offers an excellent introduction to the history and culture of the city state. Choose between an admission ticket to permanent galleries; a pass for rotating temporary exhibitions; or a discounted combo ticket that unlocks the entire museum. Self-guided audio tours tend to stop here. Don’t leave the museum without taking a look up at the dome, which is made from 3,000 zinc fish-scale tiles and stained-glass panels.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Download the museum app on your smartphone before your visit to enhance your experience.
- Museum entry is free to permanent residents and citizens of Singapore.
- The museum facility is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
To get to the museum, take the MRT to Bencoolen Station on the Downtown line or Bras Basah Station on the Circle line. Several public buses also stop nearby at the YMCA or Singapore Management University (SMU) bus stops.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from mid morning until mid evening; it opens an hour early on select Quiet Mornings. Plan to visit on a weekday afternoon when the museum is quietest.
Best Museums in Singapore
The National Museum isn’t the only place to dive into Singapore’s history and culture. Art lovers should head to the Singapore Art Museum or the National Gallery Singapore, while families with kids in tow should check out the interactive ArtScience Museum. For more on the history of Singapore and Asia as a whole, browse the collection at the Asian Civilizations museum.