Travellers always hope for perfect weather when they’re on vacation, but in reality, that rarely happens – especially if you visit Singapore during the rainy season! For days when you feel like doing something cultural, or you just need something to do when the weather is being uncooperative, visit one of Singapore’s many museums and while away an educational afternoon.
The ArtScience Museum is one of the iconic structures that make up the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. Recognisable for its distinct shape, the museum blends the worlds of art and science together through carefully curated exhibitions. The ArtScience Museum has recently revamped their now permanent exhibition Future World, where visitors can explore an interactive high-tech collection of digital installations.
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore, +65 6688 8888
National Gallery Singapore
Located in two buildings, the former Supreme Court and the former City Hall, the National Gallery Singapore presents a collection of modern art by artists across Southeast Asia. The gallery showcases the works of both up-and-coming and established artists from the region. Be sure to visit the newly opened galleries showcasing Chinese Ink Art, and don’t miss the rooftop sculpture garden featuring works by Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vo.
National Design Centre
On the fringe of the Civic District, you’ll find the National Design Centre located between Bras Basah and Bugis. Time your visit to the centre to coincide with one of their many workshops on how to improve design across various industries. Until the end of 2017, they are running Fifty Years of Singapore Design, an exhibition showcasing how design has evolved throughout Singapore’s history.
National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore is the largest museum on the island and was previously known as the Singapore History Museum. There are two main galleries, the Singapore Living Galleries and the Singapore History Gallery. In the Living Galleries, visitors will find exhibitions focusing on food, photography, film and fashion. The History Gallery traces the island’s history from the 14th century all the way through to the present day.
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore, +65 6332 3659
MINT Museum of Toys
Fans of vintage toys will love the MINT Museum of Toys, which houses a vast private collection of over 50,000 pieces from around the world. The museum is just down the road from the National Design Centre; therefore, visitors can easily visit both on the same day. Grab a bite to eat upstairs after you’ve looked through the collection and enjoy the vintage metal posters that decorate the bar.
MINT Museum of Toys, 26 Seah Street, Singapore, +65 6339 0660
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Although the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum just opened a few years ago, its history dates all the way back to 1878 and the former Raffles Library and Museum, inheriting the latter’s collection. The museum displays over 2,000 plants and animals from Southeast Asia, but the best part is the dinosaur wing, which hosts three nearly complete diplodocid sauropod skeletons, including skulls on two of them!
The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
Visit The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum to get up close and personal with some impressive turtle specimens. Buy some lettuce at the entryway to throw into the water, or if you’re feeling adventurous, feed it by hand to some of the bigger turtles (but watch your fingers). After you’ve seen the live animals, head inside and check out the vast collection of turtle artefacts.