The National Museum of Singapore is a not-to-miss perfect destination in Singapore for those who are interested in arts and history, and for someone who is into photography and wanted some good location for perfect clicking, you get no restrictions at this beautiful architectural structure which depicts the history of Singapore as well as some of the best photography galleries which are changed from time to time.
Located on Stamford Road, the National Museum easily stands out in the locality, thanks to the beautiful architecture and the design of the museum. Getting to the museum is the easiest, for the reason that it is in the center of the city and you can get there by one of the several ways of transport – bus, MRT, taxi, and car. If you are going by your own vehicle or a hired one, keep in mind that you need to reach a little early because the parking facility at the museum is limited.
MRT stations near National Museum of Singapore:
- Bras Basah MRT Station (5-minute walk)
- Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (5-minute walk)
- City Hall MRT Station (10-minute walk)
The museum opens exactly at 10 a.m., and there is no reason you should go there early because unlike the other attractions in Singapore, there is no much rush and queue outside and reaching on time is quite enough. I reached a little early, and the only advantage I saw is the clouds in the early morning, which make the building an excellent object to capture with the cloudy background below the blue skies. For a tourist, the ticket costs $10, while for the residents, the museum is free to visit. The entry to the museum building is free, literally for anyone but if you wanted to check out the following as a foreign tourist, you are paying the charges – Singapore History and Singapore Living Galleries, Goh Seng Choo Gallery and Stamford Gallery.
The museum is open to 6 p.m. but the best time to visit it is during the opening hours because you can cover most of it till afternoon and spend rest of the day visiting any other attraction.
The National Museum is air-conditioned, and thus, you would enjoy it. In my case, I was waiting outside for about an hour, and it was too hot (I went in the month of August), thus it was refreshing inside the museum.
Just inside the entrance, there is a Rotunda Dome, with the stained glass (about 50 of them in a circular fashion), each of it being about nine feet long, and this looks perfectly beautiful.
What’s worth checking out at National Museum of Singapore?
I headed for the galleries straight away, and was mesmerized by the arrangement, the large portraits (which displayed most of the habitat, forests, rivers of Amazon) and same was the case with the living galleries.
Don’t forget to tour the history of Singapore which is a large area where you are given the Audio Visual Guides (a tablet device with earphones) guiding you through the Singaporean history, with the particular numbers at spots. I liked the concept, where you don’t have to spend time waiting for the guides and crowd to gather. Take the audio-visual guide and start listening and exploring!
WE: Defining Stories: This is a series of photojournalistic images of the iconic moments in Singapore’s post-war years, making you understand how Singapore progressed to the stage where it is right now, all in B/W and color images, straight from the newspapers. There is also a large projector screen showing the images of the past.
Glass Rotunda – this is the entry for the Singapore History Gallery, and it gives 360-degree projected view which extends to 16 meters height and 24 meters in diameter. Worth spending some time checking out how well it is planned, built and during the night, it turns into a lantern – ask a guide or any museum expert there and you will be explained how it looks like.
The photography of Genesis at the basement looks excellent. It shows a gallery of some spectacular photos about the civilization, nature, and the landscapes. These provoke some thoughts if watched with a free mind, rather than just checking out how well they are displayed.
Tips for National Museum Visitors
- Take a camera which can capture good photos in low light, if you are someone who is interested in capturing and keep them as memories. You are not allowed to use the camera flash anywhere in the galleries, because there is a perfect light tone to display the portraits, and the flash could just make it look bad and disturbing.
- Refrain from taking any videos as well, because you are not allowed to do so in any way.
Reach early if you want good landscape photos of the museum building (about 8 a.m. would be a good time).
- The place deserves the silence and thus, keep the mobile phones in silent mode and talk in a low tone, do not shout or laugh as if at home.
- If you are heading to the museum directly from some other attraction or shopping mall, don’t worry about the luggage, as there are lockers available at the level 2 where you can store everything (costing not more than a few dollars for a few hours).
- If you are someone into sketching, make sure you do not take anything else than pencils, sketchbooks, and notebooks in the gallery.
National Museum of Singapore Contact Details
- Address: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
- Tel: +65 6332 3659
- Website: www.nationalmuseum.sg