Are your children bored of spending their weekends at home? Well then, it is time to introduce them to an activity that is both fun and educational, and begin with trips to the top museums in Singapore.
Seeped in rich culture and history, the museums in Singapore offer a fascinating look into the island with an immersive learning experience. Which is why we have curated a list of 9 top museums in Singapore and exhibitions that you must attend with your kids. Especially now that June holidays are just about over.
These museums have something for every age group. It also helps that your children will come back home more enriched and knowledgeable about their culture and history. So, its a complete win-win!
9 Top Museums In Singapore Your Kids Will Love In 2021
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You can get a taste of luxury travel from the 1900s at this museum. It is spearheaded by the Arab World Institute, and the exhibition showcases some stunning objects and documents that detail the centuries-old history of the Orient Express train.
It is a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the tracks and landscapes that generations before had once travelled. There’s also a restaurant which showcases new menus that are both contemporary and befitting of the Orient Express era.
If you plan to visit the exhibition, then dine in the replica restaurant car for, brunch, lunch, high tea or dinner. You will experience a bespoke menu, by two-time 3 Michelin star French chef, Yannick Alléno.
When: 12 December 2020 – 12 September 2021
Cost: From $25
2. Art Science Museum: Future World: Where Art Meets Science
The future world is created in collaboration with the Japanese art and technology collective teamLab. It is being labelled as “Singapore’s largest digital playground.”
This exhibition takes visitors on an exciting journey of discovery through these key narratives – City in A Garden, Sanctuary, Park and Space.
It is an interactive exploration of the “intersection between art, science, technology and culture.” From the light installations, the giant slide to whizz down, to the drawing activities where your little one can colour with special crayons, scan their creation, and watch it appear on a live screen. There is unlimited fun to be had!
When: Permanent exhibition
Cost: Singapore Residents:
Adult: S$16, Child: S$12
Tourists: Adult: S$19, Child: S$14
Timing: Daily: 10 am – 7 pm (Last admission at 6 pm)
Note: Due to safe management measures, the artwork Sliding through the Fruit Field is only available for viewing and not for public interaction.
Dale Chihuly, who is known for his work with blown glass, brings his larger-than-life installations and sculptures to Gardens by the Bay’s Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition.
You cannot afford to miss this exhibition, this is Dale’s first major exhibition in Asia. You can immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of Chihuly’s exhibition amid the natural landscape.
When: 23 April – 1 August 2021
Cost from $8
Timings: Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays: 9 AM – 10 PM
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Gardens by the Bay is everybody’s favourite futuristic garden (and an excellent place to escape the heat!). Obviously, this is not a museum, but it has different exhibits to explore with kids. From art sculptors, heritage garden, outdoor gardens, floral fantasy, there’s an option for everyone.
This is a showpiece of horticulture and garden artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a whole new way. A visit here will educate your kids about the plants seldom seen in this part of the world, ranging from species in cool, temperate climates to tropical forests and habitats.
Cost: Floral Fantasy Singapore Resident rate for an adult is U.P: SGD 10 (special rate). For a child, it is SDG 5.
Note: Fantasy Theatre (‘Flight of the Dragonfly’ 4D Ride) remains closed until further notice.
National Gallery Singapore is home to the largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art in the region. It is one of the world’s largest public collections making it a great place for a family visit.
This place specialises in highlighting the key works of pioneer Singaporean artists such as Georgette Chen, Cheong Soo Pieng, and Liu Kang. These artists are known as the forerunners of the Nanyang art style.
The museum is located in two key historical buildings: the former City Hall and Supreme Court, a sprawling conservation space that is an architectural masterpiece in its own right.
Within the National Gallery, you have different workshops. But you can also visit the National Gallery, the Keppel Centre for Art Education. It is a space for kids to let their creativity fly. As your kids try DIY experiments with established artists, they can also explore the different art tutorials.
It opens at 10 am. If you are planning a visit to the gallery, please take note of the cleaning time.
Cleaning and disinfection Timings:
After 7 pm
As you know, the National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore. If your kid is 5 years and above, this is the perfect place for them to explore the rich heritage of the island.
Your child can walk past the wooden ship, or marvel at the tank. There are multi-sensory experiences like the touch-screen displays, and smelling pods for older kids.
There are hosts of virtual events, including insightful videos from the museum curators, collaborative showcases with local writers and artists and virtual tours streamed on Facebook Live. So, don’t miss out.
Timing: Daily: 10 am to 7 pm. Last admission
6.15 pm (Glass Rotunda)
6.30 pm (All other galleries)
Cost: There are various workshops that take place inside the museum and the price varies for each. There are some free events as well. For instance, if you want to attend the Recess Time Memories: A Lunchbox-Making Workshop
Date: 17 July (Sat) | 10.30 am – 12 pm & 3.30 – 5pm
$20 per adult-child pair, each pair will be given one set of ingredients and materials to make your own lunchbox | Age 4 and up
Indian Heritage Centre houses five permanent galleries, a museum shop as well as programming and activity spaces. If you are at the venue, here are are the two options you must try.
Indians in Singapore- Past and Present exhibition
The exhibition depicts the experiences of the Indian community in both Singapore and Malaya during the colonial period and highlights the contributions of the Indian and South Asian communities to Singapore’s nation-building efforts.
When: Permanent exhibition
Cost: It is free for Singaporeans, PRs and kids under 6. The rate is $6 for a standard adult.
If you are interested to know more about the Sikh community, here’s something for you.
This exhibition was co-created with members of the Sikh community in Singapore and is presented in three parts: the community’s origins, the various narratives of Sikh migrants to Singapore and a glimpse into the life experiences of contemporary Sikhs.
When: 27 March – 30 September 2021
Cost Free for Singaporeans and PRs
Centrally located in Bras Basah-Bugis, Singapore’s arts, heritage and design precinct is also home to the Design Singapore Council, the national agency for design.
The repurposed, award-winning conserved building is as much an emblem for outstanding Singaporean design and architecture, as it is a thriving venue for visitors to attend design-focused showcases and programmes.
The permanent exhibit, 50 Years of Singapore Design, is a quick history lesson on the evolution of Singaporean design.
NDC adds to the pulse of the city’s district of arts, culture, design, heritage, learning and entertainment.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (9 am to 9 pm)
Image courtesy: Trick Eye Museum/ Facebook
This is a place where your kids can have a lot of fun. Trick Eye Museum is all about optical illusions – there are six themed zones to explore. Unlike, other museums, visitors are free to touch and interact with all the displayed exhibits. So yes, a museum without “Do not touch” signs.
Cost: You can get 20% off when you book online: $21.25 (adults); $17 (children)
So book your tickets in advance and have a fun-filled educative time with your kids. When you step out, do remember to wear your masks, maintain hand hygiene, and avoid large crowds. Stay safe!
Lead/Featured image courtesy: National Museum of Singapore/ Facebook