5 Museums Worth Visiting

Museums are hubs of art and culture and are a lovely place to stimulate minds of both young and old. Here are some museums worth checking out in Singapore.

1. ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands
The ArtScience Museums aims to “explore various creative processes at the heart of science, art, technology and culture, and their roles in shaping society.” Those interested in art and technology would be interested in its exhibitions, which aim to showcase the intersections of art and science.

For its architecture alone, the ArtScience Museum is a place that everyone should visit at least once. In their life. Its iconic architecture is inspired by the shape of a lotus flower. Its ‘main body’ can be found at the center of the lotus, with the ten extensions as its petals. All ten petals make a total of 21 gallery spaces, with permanent and touring exhibitions. These gallery spaces have been home to a number of world-renowned exhibitions throughout the years.

The ArtScience Museum is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

2. Singapore Art Museum
This one is for those who love the arts. The Singapore Art Museum is considered to be the first fine art museum in Singapore. It is a sight to behold, housed in a restored 19th-century mission school. A contemporary art museum, the place focuses on different art practices across Singapore, Southeast Asia, and Asia.

The Singapore Art Museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm, and on Friday, from 10 am to 9 pm.

3. Asian Civilisations Museum
With its slogan ‘Singapore’s Museum of Asia,’ the Asian Civilizations Museum showcases pan-Asian cultures and civilizations, such as those of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. It has won TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award for Museums in 2014 and 2015.

It is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm, and from 10 am to 9 pm on Fridays.

4. Peranakan Museum
The Peranakan Museum is a sister museum to the Singapore Art Museum and specializes in Peranakan culture. It consists of three levels, with ten galleries in total. Its exhibitions include the traditional Peranakan wedding, other special ceremonies, and the various Peranakan arts and crafts.

It is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

5. The Mint Museum of Toys
The name of the museum, MINT, stands for Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys. Fans of toys both young and old will enjoy the exhibits in this museum. Here you could find more than 3,000 vintage toys and childhood memorabilia, collected from over 25 different countries, housed in a five-storey contemporary building housing.

The Mint Museum of Toys is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, and on every last Saturday of the month from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.