Singapore for the museo-philes: here are 5 must-visit museums

Okay, I totally made the word museo-phile up, as I was trying to research what a museum lover is called. I mean, you have bibliophiles for the book worms and zoophiles for animal lovers, but how about museum lovers? Don't they get a pet name? Don't we get a name? And then during my research I came across the word, philomath, which means someone who loves learning. Perhaps this word is apt to describe museum lovers. Why do you go inside museums? Isn't it because you want to learn something new about something old?

1. Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum, Foursquare.com

What I like about the museums in Singapore is that they have a lot of activities set-up for a month, or even for the whole year. And the Asian Civilisations Museum is one of the museums that actively participate. Aside from the historical information contained in this building, you should check out what events they have.

Entrance fee: Free except for special events

Opening Hours:
Saturdays to Thursdays, 10AM - 7PM
Fridays, 10AM - 9PM

Name:
Asian Civilisations Museum
Address:
1 Empress Pl. (Fullerton Road), 179555, Singapore
TEL:
+653327798
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore, Foursquare.com

If you want to enter a really organized and highly informative museum, then you've got to go to the national Museum. They will provide you with an a headset and and audio guide throughout your tour and you will definitely learn so much about Singapore's rich history.

Entrance fee:
Foreign adults: $6
Foreign kids: $3

Opening hours:
Daily from 10am to 6pm
Last admission at 5.30pm

Name:
National Museum of Singapore
Address:
93 Stamford Rd, 178897, Singapore
TEL:
+65 6332 3659
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. MINT Museum of Toys

MINT Museum of Toys, Foursquare.com

Yes, it's totally cool and okay to swoon over old Popeye or Astroboy toys, and even over some Beatles memorabilia. Because, hey, why not? We have all been through a crazy childhood. And this place offers you a walk down memory lane.

Entrance fee:
Adults, $15.00; Kids, $7.50

Opening Hours:
Monday - Sunday
9.30am to 6.30pm
Last admission at 5.30pm

Name:
MINT Museum of Toys
Address:
26 Seah St., 188382, Singapore
TEL:
+65 6339 0660
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Singapore Philatelic Museum

Singapore Philatelic Museum, Foursquare.com

Who doesn't like stamps? Before I entered this museum, I always thought stamp collection was a different level of geeky. But I was wrong. I left the philatelic museum changed. I even got a couple of stamps from their store before I left. Try to visit, it's really something that will blow your mind away and change your opinion about stamps, in a really great way.

Entrance fee:
Foreign adults, $6, foreign kids $4

Opening hours:
Monday: 1:00pm - 7:00pm (last admission 6:30pm)
Tuesday to Sunday: 9:30am - 7:00pm (last admission 6:30pm)

Name:
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Address:
23B Coleman St., 179807, Singapore
TEL:
+65 6337 3888
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum, Foursquare.com

This art museum is a must visit. If you only have time for ONE museum, this has to be it. The level of creativity of the artists featured in this museum is something that no adjective can describe. It was one of my favorite places and when I was inside, I actually didn't want to leave.

Entrance fee: Foreign adults, $10.00; Foreign kids, $5.00

Opening Hours:
Monday - Sunday, 10am - 7pm
Last admission to the museum is at 6.15pm
Friday, 10am - 9pm. Enjoy complimentary entry on Friday evenings from 6pm - 9pm

Name:
Singapore Art Museum
Address:
71 Bras Basah Rd. (Opp SMU), 189555, Singapore
TEL:
+65 6332 3222
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

Conclusion

When visiting a country for the first time, it's always a good idea to go to a museum. You will get a bird's eye view of their history and how they came to be as a nation. It's also a new way of doing activities with the locals and a great place to shop for souvenirs.

*Prices mentioned above are in Singapore dollars

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?