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24 of the best kid friendly museums and exhibitions in Singapore

24 of the best kid friendly museums and exhibitions in Singapore

Updated:
October 18, 2021

We've got the scoop on the best museums and exhibitions for kids in Singapore.

Our kids love these places and we're sure yours will too!

From exciting science exhibitions and interactive art, to Singapore history and local culture, here's our favorite children friendly museums to visit!

Museums and Exhibitions by Type

Art

1. Keppel Centre for Art Education - National Gallery Singapore

2. Small Big Dreamers 2020: An Artist's Tropical Landscape

3. Future World: Where Art Meets Science - ArtScience Museum

About Singapore and History

4. Changi Experience Studio

5. National Museum of Singapore

6. Through the Lens of Time - Singapore Discovery Centre

7. The Battlebox

8. Reflections at Bukit Chandu

9. Sustainable Singapore Gallery at Marina Barrage

10. Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

11. Asian Civilisations Museum

12. Singapore Maritime Gallery

13. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

14. Time Capsule at Singapore Flyer

Science & Nature

15. Science Centre Singapore

16. KidsSTOP Singapore

17. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Culture

18. SINGAPO人

19. Malay Heritage Centre

20. Indian Heritage Centre

Limited Time & Special Exhibitions

21. Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed

22. Home Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present

23. Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express

24. Da Vinci, The Exhibition

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Art

1. Keppel Centre for Art Education - National Gallery Singapore

Keppel Centre for Art Education - National Gallery Singapore

A winner of the 2018 Children in Museums Award organised by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums, the Keppel Centre for Art Education is a dedicated facility at the National Gallery Singapore that caters to families and kids.

The Centre has programmes lined up year round where children can discover art through imaginative play.

It's one of our favorite places to take the kids as there's just so many activities dedicated to them here!

Look out for these experiences at the Keppel Centre for Art Education

Art Playscape - A space for children to explore interactive art with exhibits changing periodically.

The current exhibit, My INK-credible Adventure is an interactive art exhibit where kids can create their own digital ink masterpieces with the use of body movements.

Wave your hands to control brush strokes or snap your fingers to create an ink blob. There's no limit to what you can create on the digital canvas!

A particular favorite with kids are the "ink puddles" which you can jump on to create different paint splashes on screen.

Keppel Centre for Art Education - National Gallery Singapore

Project Gallery - Explore and interact with larger-than-life works and whimsical worlds created by local artists.

The current exhibit, Dayung Sampan: Be Your Own Captain on Deck was created by Singaporean sculptor Zainudin Samsuri, drawing inspiration from Malay proverbs, fishing, and childhood toys.

Through the artwork, kids are invited to follow their dreams and let their imagination take flight!

Keppel Centre for Art Education - National Gallery Singapore

Studio Workshops - Participate in a range of family friendly programmes and workshops such as in origami and sculpture.

Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road Singapore 178957

Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs

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2. Small Big Dreamers 2020: An Artist's Tropical Landscape

National Gallery Singapore

Experience the biennial children's festival Small Big Dreamers at the National Gallery and explore its newest interactive artwork - An Artist’s Tropical Landscape.

Step into the fascinating world of fruits through the eyes of Georgette Chen, a first-generation Singapore artist known for her impressions of Nanyang-style art.

Drop by and learn how artists are inspired by what they see, feel, and smell.

Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road Singapore 178957

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3. Future World: Where Art Meets Science - ArtScience Museum

Image: ArtScience Museum

Created in collaboration with renowned Japanese digital art collective teamLab, Future World immerses visitors in a world of art, science, and magic through a collection of digital interactive installations.

Slide down a colorful fruit field, play the Creative Hopscotch which triggers beautiful colors and sounds with each hop, or interact with the Light Ball Orchestra.

Kids will be loving this magical world!

Where: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

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About Singapore and History

4. Changi Experience Studio

Changi Experience Studio
Image: Runway race

Discover Changi Airport in a whole new and exciting way at the Changi Experience Studio.

This first-of-its-kind digital attraction in Singapore provides an entertaining and educational look into the workings of the world's best airport.

Go behind the scenes of Changi Airport's operations and discover what it takes to keep the airport ticking through captivating projection experiences, interactive games, and immersive shows.

Changi Experience Studio
Garden of Harmony

There's lots to explore here with 20 different touch points spread across ten content content zones.

Kids will love the exhibits that are just filled with interactive experiences, from participating in an exciting runway race and going on a quest to collect airport trolleys, to creating music and performing a symphony in the awe inspiring Garden of Harmony.

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5. National Museum of Singapore

National Museum

The oldest museum in Singapore, the National Museum has lots to offer families as it brings history to life through engaging and immersive exhibits.

Kids will find these exhibits particularly enjoyable:

Singapore History Gallery - Charts the development of Singapore through the years.

Growing Up - See what life in Singapore was like during the tumultous 1950s and 1960s.

Story of the Forest - Created by Japanese digital art collective teamLab, 69 drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings have been transformed into three dimensional animations, creating a magical world that invites visitors to interact with the animals, flowers, and plants up close.

Story of the Forest

The museum also runs various family programmes throughout the year such as tours, inter-generational workshops, and sensory playdates.

Where: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

Admission: Free for Singaporeans, PRs, and children 6 years and below.

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6. Through the Lens of Time - Singapore Discovery Centre

Singapore Discovery Centre

Newly revamped, the Singapore Discovery Centre reopened in October 2020 with a whole host of new attractions.

Through the Lens of Time is a permanent exhibit which takes you on an immersive journey through the history of Singapore.

A mix of multimedia and interactive exhibits transports you to Singapore's very beginnings, through to the dark days of World War Two, the journey to Independence, and the following milestones and achievements along the way as Singapore forged to make its mark on the global stage.

Where: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365

Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs

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7. The Battlebox

Image: The Battlebox

Discover the secret 1930s World War II command centre built 9 metres underground in the heart of Singapore within Fort Canning.

The place where Lieutenant-General Percival and his senior officers directed the Battle for Singapore in World War II, The Battlebox is a unique way to unravel the dramatic events of Singapore’s fall and the resistance against the Japanese invasion.

Walk down into its hidden tunnels and discover amazing wartime artefacts and interactive displays that take you through this historic event one moment at a time.

Admission to the Battlebox is only through a 30 minutes guided tour.

You are free to explore the bunker on your own after the tour.

Note though that The Battlebox is not suitable for children aged below 7.

Where: 2 Cox Terrace Singapore 179622 (Fort Canning Park)

Admission:

  • Adult: $20
  • Child: $10

More info on The Battlebox's website.

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8. Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Reflections of Bukit Chandu

The newly revamped Reflections at Bukit Chandu (RBC) reopened on 9 Sep 2021 with an enhanced retelling of the story of the Malay Regiment in the Battle of Pasir Panjang, during which the heavily outnumbered soldiers from the regiment made a heroic last stand against a 13,000-strong Japanese force.

Housed in a bungalow that was originally built in 1930 for senior British staff of an Opium Packing Plant down the hill, the space features a new immersive experience enhanced with new artefacts and displays. 

Visitors will be able to enjoy a multimedia display show that tells the story of "C" Company's defence of Point 226. 

The newly revamped exhibition will also feature three new spaces that trace the legacy of Bukit Chandu to provide a larger historical context beyond the World War Two period: Packing Chandu, The Lounge, and On the Lawn.

Reflections of Bukit Chandu

There will also be new artefacts on display for the first time,including a rare archival pre-war film footage featuring Lieutenant Adnan at a ceremonial parade, bullets from the Battle of Pasir Panjang that were found around Pasir Panjang Ridge in the 1970s, and bullet cases recovered from the eastern side of the bungalow’s compound during an archaeological excavation in 2019.

Where: 31-K Pepys Road

Admission: Free for Singapore Citizens, PRs, Children ages 6 and below

More info at the Reflections at Bukit Chandu website.

9. Sustainable Singapore Gallery at Marina Barrage

Learn all about Singapore's efforts at sustainable development at the Sustainable Singapore Gallery.

It's a 1,600 sq ft showcase featuring videos, games, and interactive stations that highlight Singapore's initiatives at sustainability, from reduction of energy use and enhancement of green spaces, to conservation of our biodiversity, and pursuit of a circular economy.

You'll come away with a deeper appreciation for what has been accomplished in our country thus far, while also gaining insights into how individual actions can collectively lead to the creation of a better future for tomorrow.

Where: Level 2, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Marina Barrage Singapore 018951

Admission: Free

*Due to COVID restrictions, the only way you can visit the Gallery is through a guided tour which is free.

Advanced bookings are recommended but you can also walk in at the information counter.

Guided tour bookings can be made on the Sustainable Singapore Gallery's website.

10. Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

Learn about fire fighting from the past to the present. The museum is housed in Singapore's oldest fire station, the Central fire station.

You'll learn about the latest fire fighting and rescue technologies currently being used by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

Through interactive exhibits, you'll also get a taste of what fire fighters and rescuers have to endure during an operation.

The fire station hosts an open house on Saturdays from 9am-11am where kids can get up close to the actual fire engines and fire fighting equipment. (currently not available due to COVID restrictions).

Where: 62 Hill Street, Singapore 179367

Admission: Free admission. No walk-in visits are allowed. All visitors must pre-register.

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11. Asian Civilisations Museum

Step into the Asian Civilisations Museum and get an intimate look into the world of Asian culture.

Housed within a historic building right by the Singapore River, the museum showcases the best of Asian art, culture, heritage, archaeology, and history, particularly the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans.

Look out for the famous Tang Shipwreck exhibit, a collection of treasures salvaged from an Arab ship which sank nearly 1,100 years ago, and which remain untouched until its discovery in 1998.

Where: 1 Empress Place Singapore 179555

Admission: Free entry to the permanent galleries for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. Charges apply for special exhibitions.

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12. Singapore Maritime Gallery

Singapore Maritime Gallery

See how Singapore transformed from a small trading post into a global port hub at the Singapore Maritime Gallery.

Try your hand at the ship handling simulator where you can have a go at navigating ships under eight different story missions.

You'll feel what it's like to be a ship captain, having to guide your ship through rough seas and safely into port!

Junior explorers can head to the Explorer' Corner where they'll learn about maritime Singapore through games and interactive exhibits.

Where: 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Marina South Pier, Level 2, Singapore 018900

Admission: Free

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13. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is a unique piece of Singaporean history and offers visitors a glimpse of the lesser-known side of Singapore Chinese's involvement in the 1911 Revolution.

As the Nanyang (Southeast Asia) headquarters of Dr. Sun Yat Sen's Chinese Revolutionary Alliance (Tong Meng Hui), Singapore played an important role in the 1911 Revolution that led to the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and eventual establishment of modern-day China.

The museum focuses on the contributions of Dr Sun Yat Sen's key supporters in Singapore, and chronicles how the 1911 Revolution left a lasting imprint on Singapore, particularly in the field of education, print media, and economic contributions.

Free guided tours of the museum are available daily.

Check here for tour schedule.

Where: 12 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327874

Admission: Free for all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

More info on Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall's website.

14. Time Capsule at Singapore Flyer

Time Capsule at Singapore Flyer

The Time Capsule experience takes visitors on a journey through Singapore's history, culture, and landscape.

Your adventure into history starts 700 years ago, all the way back to the founding of Singapore by Sang Nila Utama.

Learn about the significant events in Singapore's history, and how it was transformed from a fishing village to a world class international city.

You'll also get a glimpse into what the future holds for Singapore

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Science and Nature

15. Science Centre Singapore

Science Centre Singapore

The Science Centre Singapore holds the largest collection of educational materials devoted to science in Singapore, with more than a thousand interactive exhibits across over 20 permanent exhibitions.

Catch the newest exhibition, Earth Alive, where you'll discover the science and systems behind our planet thorough fun interactive exhibits and enthralling visual displays.

Don't miss the exciting daily shows such as the electrifying Tesla Coil demonstration and the Fire Tornado Show.

Then learn about the importance of water and prepare to get wet at the water play area at Waterworks.

While you're at the Science Centre, explore the other main attractions there such as KidsSTOP, Omni-Theatre, and Snow City.

Where: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081

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16. KidsSTOP Singapore

Image: KidsSTOP Singapore

KidsSTOP is Science Centre Singapore's dedicated Children's Science Centre for children aged 8 years and below.

The 3,000 square meter gallery houses more than 20 exhibits designed to introduce children to concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Themed zones such as Flight & Space, Nature, and Supermarket offer plenty of hands on activities and opportunities for children to learn through interactive play.

Where: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Road

Admission: From $5 per child and $2 per adult for Singaporeans and PRs

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17. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Image: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Home to over 560,000 catalogued lots and over a million species from throughout the region, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is Singapore first and only natural history museum.

Highlights include the three towering Sauropod fossils, which were among the largest and heaviest animals to ever walk on land.

There's also a skeleton of Singapore's first sperm whale!

Where: National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377

Admission: 

Singaporean/PR

  • Adult - $15
  • Child, Student, NSF, Senior Citizen & Person with Disability - $8

Standard Rate

  • Adult - $20
  • Child, Student, NSF, Senior Citizen & Person with Disability - $12

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Culture

18. SINGAPO人

Singpo人 - Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Discover Chinese Singapore culture and take a trip to see how geography, economics, and politics played a part in influencing the present-day Chinese Singaporean identity.

It's one of the most interactive exhibitions we've been to with stories brought to life through videos, games, and interactive stations.

Kids will have a ball discovering new things in every zone with a surprise at seemingly every corner. 

They'll be peeping through doors and windows to see the hidden treasures inside, trying their hand at the kopi-making game, and learning how our food was influenced by different cultures at the food projection table.

You'll be given a token which you can use to interact with various stations throughout the exhibition. At the end of the exhibition, you'll get a printout highlighting your unique identity!

When you're done, head to the rooftop where you'll be treated to spectacular views of the city skyline.

Where: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906

Admission: Free

More info on Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's website.

19. Malay Heritage Centre

Housed in a former Malay Palace and located in the historic Kampong Gelam, Gedung Kuning, and the surrounding Kampong Gelam district, the Malay Heritage Center showcases the rich culture and heritage of Singapore's Malay Community.

You'll find interactive multimedia, special exhibitions, as well as artefacts from the National Collection and contributions from the Malay community in the museum's six permanent galleries.

Check out My Babak's Studio, a children's space inspired by the workshop of a Banjarese diamond trader and jeweller.

My Babak's Studio

Where: Malay Heritage Center, 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Admission:

  • Free for Singaporeans and PRs and Children under 6 years old
  • Adults: $8

More info on Malay Heritage Centre's website.

20. Indian Heritage Centre

Indian Heritage Centre

The Indian Heritage Centre traces the history of Indian and South Asian communities in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

The permanent galleries feature five themes spanning the 1st century CE to the 21st century, with artifacts and interactive displays presenting the history of interactions between South and Southeast Asia.

The galleries also take us through the experiences of the Indian community in both Singapore and Malaya during the colonial period, and highlights contributions of the Indian and South Asian communities to building up the Singapore of today.

Where: Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924

Admission: 

  • Free for Singaporeans and PRs and Children under 6 years old
  • Adults: $8
  • Students: $5

More info on Indian Heritage Centre's website.

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Limited Time & Special Exhibitions

21. Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed

Image credit: ArtScience Museum

Enter into the world of videogames in a series of immersive installations that will take you on an adventure through exciting virtual worlds.

In Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed, six celebrated videogame developers join forces with six leading media design studios to create a series of large-scale immersive installations.

Journey through sonic landscapes and kaleidoscopic worlds in this exhibition that presents videogames as a unique form of contemporary art.

When: 12 Jun 2021 - 9 Jan 2022

Where: ArtScience Museum,10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Tickets:

  • Adult: $16
  • Child: $12

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22. Home Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present

Presented in collaboration with The Straits Times, Home, Truly explores the moments and experiences in Singapore's past and present that have helped shaped our identity and collective memory.

The exhibition actually reached out to the public to contribute photographs and artefacts that highlight significant moments in Singapore's history.

You'll love taking this trip down memory lane with the kids!

Visitors will be given a stylus pen with a RFID tag which you can use to interact with the exhibits and multimedia stations.

Scan your stylus before you leave and you can find out what home means to you based on your interactions.

When: Till 3 Oct 2021

Where: National Museum, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

Admission: Free for Singaporeans, PRs, and children 6 years and below.

More info on National Museum Singapore's website.

23. Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express

Experience the sense of wonder that the Orient Express has sparked in millions of travellers around the world.

The exhibition features two original 1930 Orient Express train carriages and a 158 year old locomotive, all shipped for the first time ever from France.

There will also be a collection of around 300 valuable items, furniture, and documents from the original Orient Express.

When: 12 Dec 2020 - 5 Jan 2022

Where: Gardens by the Bay West Lawn (next to Bayfront Plaza)

Admission: 

  • Standard: $25
  • Family Bundle: $88 (2 Adults and 2 Children - ages 3-12)
  • Free admission for children under the age of 3

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24. Da Vinci, The Exhibition

Be inspired by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci in this exhibition at the Science Centre Singapore.

Da Vinci, The Exhibition, features a comprehensive look at da Vinci's work as an artist, scientist, and designer.

Spread over 10,000 square feet and 10 zones, this exhibition consists of the largest collection of da Vinci's inventions ever seen in Southeast Asia, with more than 50 live-sized reproductions of his inventions and 15 reproductions of his most famous artworks such as "Mona Lisa", and "The Last Supper".

There will be many interactive displays, which will allow visitors to experience and understand the mechanics and concepts behind da Vinci's creations.

Kids can also look forward to hands-on craft activities where they can recreate some of da Vinci's inventions such as a parachute or flying machine.

When: 18 June 2021 - 2 Jan 2021

Where: Science Centre Singapore, The Annexe, Hall 2

Admission: 

Just the exhibition

  • Adult: $18
  • Child: (3-12 years old): $15

Bundled Tickets (Science Centre Singapore + Da Vinci The Exhibition half day pass + $5 Curiosity Shop voucher)

Singaporean/PR

  • Adult: $19.90
  • Child: $17.90

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