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“A nice visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
Ranked #27 of 796 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation's oldest museum with a progressive mind. Its galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience. A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round-the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances and film screenings-in addition to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions involving critically important collections of artefacts. The programming is supported by a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail and a Resource Centre. The National Museum of Singapore re-opened in December 2006 after a three-year redevelopment, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. The Museum refreshed its permanent galleries and re-opened them on 19 September 2015 for Singapore's Golden Jubilee.
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Hobe Sound, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A nice visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

We spent two hours there, including the Harry Potter exhibit, the Andy Whorhol exhibit & a snack at their cafe. It is on the city tour stops so very easy to access.We enjoyed it very much!

Visited June 2012
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Really nothing special”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

I have to admit that they have been surprisingly effective in exploiting and valorizing what they have. Still, in the end you don't see anything really impressive. Even though it's a fairly new state I expected something more in the Historical Gallery. Honestly if you have few days to visit Singapore there are much more interesting things to do.

Visited July 2012
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Plymouth, Devon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 553 helpful votes
“Unusual...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

What is? Well, this is the nation's museum and, therefore, I would expect to see a lot of artefacts. May be there are a lot...in storage! For what this excellent museum does is to tell stories about the nation and it's people in a very accessible manner. The 'true' historical background is conveyed by a high tech personal 'Walkman' style piece of kit, won't say more as you need to experience it. In the galleries, there are yet more stories, sometimes told by short documentaries. The ones about mixed marriages and such like are fascinating...in other words, there is also attention to the ICH. Intangible cultural heritage.

Also of possible relevance is that the Novus Cafe is quite a smart establishment. I made the mistake of ordering Mile High Carrot Cake. It could not be finished. For a few more weeks, Gold Rush: Treasures of the Ukraine is running and well worth seeing.

Visited July 2012
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Richmond, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great museum to learn about Singapore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

Went to the museum with my 2 daughters (5 and 8). Had lunch first in the restaurant: not really cheap but good food and great service. The museum building is very beautiful. The food exhibits are really interesting. My older daughter loves the exhibits of flora and fauna drawings. The history of Singapore is very interesting but too involved for little ones I think.. Still the girls enjoyed the artifacts. They had a special activity zone for kids to tach them about Singapore culture.. Well done. Would recommend for anyone wanting to discover a little bit about Sngapore's past.

Visited July 2012
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Melaka, Malaysia
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“Good mix of old and new”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

Not just the buildings, but well displayed sense of Sing history

Visited June 2012
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