Best Museums in Singapore for Kids

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The best museums for kids present information in fun and innovative ways, entertaining while informing, leaving young ones with fond memories of their visit. And, that is certainly the case at the best museums in Singapore for kids.

With bite-sized information and hands-on exhibits that stimulate learning, the top museums for children in Singapore provide unique experiences for little ones.

Best Museums in Singapore for Kids

Here are the best museums in Singapore for kids.

Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

Central Fire Station

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Housed inside the red-and-white Central Fire Station at Hill Street, the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery pays tribute to Singapore’s brave firefighters. The highlight of the small gallery is the display of bright red, vintage fire engines on the ground floor. Kids can climb onboard an engine and imagine rushing to the scene of a fire. The gallery’s second floor houses several exhibits showcasing modern fire fighting techniques and the role of today’s Singapore Civil Defence Force.

Plan your Civil Defence Heritage Gallery visit on a Saturday morning and you have the double-bonus of the Fire Station Open House. At the Open House, firefighters put up demonstrations of their skills and the public also can try using fire-fighting equipment too.

Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
Address: 62 Hill Street, Singapore 179367
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun, 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Mon.
Admission Fees: Free

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Singapore Philatelic Museum

The Singapore Philatelic Museum is dedicated to stamps and other philatelic items. Information on postal services is presented in postcard-sized portions and through various artefacts. Family-friendly exhibitions are regularly held at the Museum. Based on popular subjects, these exhibitions feature interactive elements and make use of stamps to open a fascinating window into countries around world.

Singapore Philatelic Museum
Address: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 10 am to 7 pm (last admission at 6.30 pm).
Admission Fees: Free for Singapore Citizens & PRs. Foreign visitors – Adult: $8, Child (3 to 12 years old): $6.

Peranakan Museum

Perenakan Museum Straits Family Sunday

The Peranakans or Straits-born Chinese have a culture unique to the Straits of Malacca. Their customs, language and lifestyle are showcased at the Peranakan Museum down the road from the Singapore Philatelic Museum.h

We recommend families to visit the Peranakan Museum on the second Sunday of each month when, a special family-friendly programme, Straits Family Sunday, is held in the afternoons. Families can dress up in Peranakan costumes, make crafts based on the museum’s collection and go on special family-oriented tours.

Peranakan Museum
Address: 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 10 am to 7 pm. Open till 9 pm on Fridays.
Admission Fees: Free for Singapore Citizens & PRs to permanent galleries.

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Air Force Museum

Located at Paya Lebar Air Force Base, the Air Force Museum captures the heritage of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. View displays of fighter planes, helicopters and other weaponry at a ground floor outdoor display. The journey continues indoor where there are fun simulators and plenty of information about the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

Air Force Museum
Address: 400 Airport Road, Singapore 534234
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun, 8.30 am to 5 pm (Closed on Mon and PH).
Admission Fees: Free

S’pore Discovery Centre

Singapore Discovery Centre

Want to know what makes Singapore tick? Find out at the S’pore Discovery Centre. This Centre is filled with interactive exhibits and games aimed at educating children about Singapore’s National identity and Total Defence. Situated at the doorstep of SAFTI Military Institute, the Centre has a slant towards military defence. There are interactive exhibits such as Battlefield Command where up to four persons can play different roles in a battle simulation. Ideally, visit the S’pore Discovery Centre as a group because some exhibits are best enjoyed with multiple players.

When at the S’pore Discovery Centre, pay a visit to the neighbouring Army Museum of Singapore too. (Editor’s note: The Army Museum is currently closed]

S’pore Discovery Centre
Address: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun, 9 am to 6 pm (Closed on Mon, except PH).
Admission Fees: Free for Singapore Citizens and PR; Foreigners – Adult: $10 to $15; Child: $6 to $10.

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Dinosaurs, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Conceived as a teaching museum for university students, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is also a fascinating museum for kids to visit. The stars at the Museum are undoubtedly Prince, Apollonia and Twinky, the three dinosaur fossils that dominate the museum. But there are plenty of other specimens on display, ranging from plants to sea creature to mammals, exposing the rich diversity found in the natural world.

 Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Address: 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun, 10 am to 7 pm (Closed on Mon, except PH).
Admission Fees: Singapore Resident Rate – Adult: $16; Child: $9; Standard Rate – Adult: $21; Child: $13.

National Gallery Singapore’s Keppel Centre for Art Education

Keppel Centre for Art Education

The National Gallery Singapore’s collection focuses on modern Southeast Asian art. The Gallery has a dedicated space for kids, The Keppel Centre for Art Education. This is aimed at providing young ones an introduction to art through play. Here, kids can explore an Art Playscape, dream up art at a Project Gallery and visit an artist’s studio mock-up.

Keppel Centre for Art Education
Address: 1 Saint Andrews Road, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: Sun to Thu & PH, 10 am to 7 pm (Open till 10 pm on Fri & Sat, Eve of PH).
Admission Fees: Free to the Keppel Centre for Art but admission charges apply to the National Gallery Singapore’s art galleries for non-Singaporeans.

ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum Future World Sketch Town - Best Museums in Singapore for Kids

Shaped like a lotus flower rising up from the waters of Marina Bay, ArtScience Museum is explores the possibilities when art and science intersect. Its permanent exhibition, Future World, is targeted at kids with digital exhibits such as a virtual aquarium and a digital city.

ArtScience Museum also regularly hosts blockbuster exhibitions. Past exhibitions have covered subjects such as dinosaurs, deep sea creatures and animation. Every Friday, up to four children under 12 can enter the ArtScience Museum for free with every adult ticket purchased.

ArtScience Museum
Address: 10 BayFront Avenue, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 am to 7 pm (Last admission at 6 pm).
Admission Fees: Check website for details

National Museum of Singapore

Permanent Galleries, National Museum of Singapore

Go on a journey through time at the National Museum of Singapore. Its Singapore History Gallery traces the island’s journey from fishing village to modern city. Other galleries at the Museum provide perspectives on life during the colonial period, the war years, and in Seventies Singapore.

Experience Story of the Forest, an immersive digital installation that brings the Museum’s prized William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings to life. Kids can interact with the digital artwork with via a free mobile phone app.

In June each year, the National Museum of Singapore is one of the major venues for Children’s Season, a large-scale festival of fun children’s activities.

National Museum of Singapore
Address: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 am to 7 pm.
Admission Fees: Free for Singapore Citizens & PRs; Foreigners – Check website for details

Science Centre Singapore

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Explore the world of Science at Science Centre Singapore. The exhibits in its halls explore topics like electricity, the Earth and local innovations. Here, kids can also interact with live butterflies in a vivarium, enter the digital realm at an immersive space and learn by tinkering, all within a day.

Science Centre Singapore also has a water play area and digital planetarium. Budding scientists eight years old and below can visit a children’s science centre, KidsSTOP.

Science Centre Singapore
Address: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 am to 6 pm (Last admission at 5.15 pm).
Admission Fees: Check website for details

The Battlebox

Telephone Operator, The Battlebox

The Battlebox provides a fascinating look into Singapore’s World War Two history for older kids. It is uniquely located in tunnels dug into Fort Canning Hill once used as a command bunker by the British. Go on a tour to find out what life was like inside the tunnels and the events that led to Singapore’s surrender in February 1942, described by Winston Churchill as “the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history”.

The Battlebox
Address: 2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622
Opening Hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Admission Fees: Adult: $18; Child (7 to 12): $9.

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