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!
1. Keppel Centre for Art Education - National Gallery Singapore
2. Gallery Children's Biennale 2021
3. Future World: Where Art Meets Science - ArtScience Museum
4. Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
5. Changi Experience Studio
6. National Museum of Singapore
7. Air Force Museum
8. Through the Lens of Time - Singapore Discovery Centre
9. The Battlebox
10. Reflections at Bukit Chandu
11. Sustainable Singapore Gallery at Marina Barrage
12. Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
13. Asian Civilisations Museum
14. Singapore Maritime Gallery
15. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
16. Time Capsule at Singapore Flyer
17. Science Centre Singapore
18. KidsSTOP Singapore
19. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
21. Malay Heritage Centre
22. Indian Heritage Centre
23. DinoQuest World Adventure
24. A Mininon's Perspective Experience
25. Hello, Changi Precinct Interactive Gallery and Exploration Tours
26. Off/On: Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives 1970s -2000s
27. Boh Beh Zao: Dialect Illustrations by Kuan Eng
28. Museum of Ice Cream
29. Nian Hua: Of Deities, Guardians, and Auspicious Art
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!
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.
Project Gallery - Explore and interact with larger-than-life works and whimsical worlds created by local artists.
The current exhibit, Because It Makes Me Feel... was created by artist Nandita Mukand.
The playful installation invites families and children to imagine visiting different houses, play "masak masak" and reflect on what home feels like.
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
Embark on a multi-sensory journey to experience nine on-site installations with the theme of "Why Art Matters".
The artworks will explore the themes of Home, Diversity, Environment, and Time, presenting the relevant topics of today in a way that is child friendly.
Visitors will be able to walk through a larger-than-life installation reminiscent of a city, catch life-sized backgrounds that transport them into an other-worldly space, journey the landscapes of Campbodia, and more!
Adding to the experience, there will also be a variety of on-site programmes and performances for kids such as storytelling sessions, sonic exploration workshops, and somatic movement workshops.
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road Singapore 178957
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
Singapore Art Museum (SAM) has launched a new art destination at Tanjong Pagar Distripark.
Spanning 2 floors and over 3,000 square metres, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark will open with an exciting lineup of exhibitions and art experiences from 14 Jan.
Look forward to four exciting exhibitions by local artists including experimental band The Observatory, art collective vertical submarine and SAM's pilot residents, as well as international artists such as Korakrit Arunanondchai and Gan Siong King.
With its location in a historic port and near heritage neighbourhoods, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark promises to be a unique location where people of all ages and backgrounds can discover and be inspired by contemporary art.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located at Paya Lebar Air Base, the Air Force Museum is home to The Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) history and heritage, combining genuine artifacts with interactive media to tell the RSAF story.
The museum offers an interesting hands-on experience that will bring the Air Force's story to life for visitors of all ages.
At the Indoor Gallery, you can learn more about the RSAF's history and goals through a series of interactive exhibits and role-playing games.
Meanwhile in the Outdoor Gallery, you can get up close to fighter jets, missiles, and anti-aircraft weapons, and discover their contributions to the RSAF's progress.
Where: 400 Airport Road, Singapore 5345234
More information on Air Force museum's website.
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
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)
More info on The Battlebox's website.
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.
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.
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
*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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Where: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
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
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
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
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.
Where: Malay Heritage Center, 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
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
More info on Indian Heritage Centre's website.
DinoQuest World Adventure transports you to Victoria, Australia, on a thrilling and educational tour to meet and explore the dinosaurs from the region.
The exhibition was originally produced by Science Centre Singapore, DF Experiences, and Digimagic Communications, in collaboration with world-renowned palaeontologist Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich.
Covering 5 themed zones, the world of dinosaurs is brought to life with cutting-edge multimedia technology.
You'll be immersed in the world of dinosaurs through animatronics, holograms, as well as hands-on activities.
In the exclusive Timimus Dinosaur Showcase, you'll get to see a reconstruction of the Timimus, a tyrannosauroid found in Dinosaur Cove in 1994 by Emerita Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich and her husband Professor Thomas Rich.
Discover the other ancient discoveries from Dinosaur Cove, which took 700 employees and 40 years (and counting) to unravel its mysteries.
Embark on a personal quest and experience the excitement of uncovering your very own fossil.
Correctly identify the fossil and you might just be able to acquire the rare ability of renaming and customizing the look of this prehistoric species!
Date: 4 Jun - 31 Aug 2022
Duration: Estimated 1 hour
Location: Suntec City, North Atrium
From 3 September 2022 to 2 January 2023, the interactive exhibition A Minion's Perspective Experience will make its debut in Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa!
Based on Illumination's Despicable Me and Minions, this international touring exhibition will allow fans of all ages to immerse themselves in the captivating world of the Minions.
Following successful tours in Seoul, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Jeju Island, and Taipei, the experience will now open in Singapore, making it the first in Southeast Asia to host this mischievous yet lovable fan fest.
Date: 3 Sep 2022 - 2 Jan 2023
Changi Airport has opened the Hello, Changi Precinct exhibit at Terminal 3, launching a project to raise awareness of the Changi Precinct, which comprises places in and around Changi Airport including Pulau Ubin, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Bedok, and East Coast Park.
Explore Changi Precinct with instagrammable photo opportunities and eight discovery tours, including a new tour that uncovers unique tales about Changi Airport's construction.
At the Changi Precinct Gallery, you can pose with iconic cultural monuments and snap photos with models of prominent spots at the airport such as Jewel Changi Airport and the ever popular Terminal 2 flight information flip-board.
As you move through the various zones in the interactive gallery, you'll learn intriguing tidbits and interesting stories of Siglap in the drawers of an old-school barbershop, play a digital arcade game at a HDB void deck and "watermelon" playground, and board a bumboat that takes you through the history of Pulau Ubin and Singapore's Eastern coast.
As part of the initiative, Changi has also introduced two new exploration tours.
My Changi Airport Tour and My Changi Village Heritage Tour are in collaboration with MyCommunity, a local non-profit organization that promotes Singapore's heritage and culture via tours, programmes, and exhibitions.
Aside from the 2 new tours, you'll also be able to sign up for 6 other tours that will run till October, with each exploring a different part of the Changi Precinct such as Bedok, Pulau Ubin and Pasir Ris.
Date: 5 Jul - 23 Oct 2022
Location: Changi Airport Terminal 3, Departure Hall
Opening hours: 10am-9:30pm daily
Experience iconic technologies from the past in this interactive exhibition at Singapore's National Museum.
Travel back in time to a period when pages, payphones, and typewriters were commonplace.
The showcase takes visitors through typical local settings such as home, work, and other social spaces, accompanied by a carefully chosen collection of technology icons from Singapore's history.
The fun doesn't stop after hours. At night, Off/On changes into an escape room, where visitors can play an escape room game in groups of 3 to 10.
In the escape room game, you'll "travel" through time in the gallery to solve clues that lead to the discovery of a secret technological device that can help avoid a global shutdown of the world's technology.
Date: 10 Jun - 30 Oct 2022
Time: 10am-7pm (Gallery will be closed at 6pm on selected days for Escape Room Game)
Admission: Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs
Escape Room Game:
More information on National Museum of Singapore's website.
How do you teach Hokkien to a 6 year old?
Kuan Eng's personal endeavor to teach his nephew Hokkien led him on the path to rekindle Singaporeans' interest in dialects.
He is the author of 11 books on 5 major dialects in Singapore.
This exhibition showcases artworks from his first series of dialect books and features the 5 primary dialects spoken in Singapore - Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka, and Hainanese.
You'll see some commonly heard and used local dialect phrases in colorful, attention grabbing illustrations that are also easy to understand for kids.
Date: 8 Jul 2022 - 31 Jan 2023
Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Level 9 and 10 Foyer, 1 Straits Blvd Singapore 018906
Take a trip through a sweet-toothed fantasy land that's devoted to ice cream.
An installation based experience and contemporary art space, expect lots of instagrammable moments in this whimsical world that will give you a sugar rush for all five senses.
From the moment you step inside, you're in for a treat as one of our most beloved foods is brought to life through immersive rooms and playful experiences.
Look forward to:
Where: 100 Loewen Road, Dempsey, Singapore 248837
A collaboration with the Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing China, Nian Hua: Of Deities, Guardians, and Auspicious Art is a special exhibition that showcases Lunar New Year prints (known as Nian Hua) from different parts of China.
With their bright colors, auspicious symbols, and distinctive iconography, these woodblock printed images have left a lasting impression on many, particularly during the festive seasons.
While they've decorated Chinese villages and cities for centuries, you'll find them less common nowadays.
This exhibition at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall will feature close to 80 artefacts from different provinces of China that were produced during the Qing dynasty and Republican period.
Get a look at the rarely documented attitudes and values of the common people of China in the past, as well as how customs and beliefs have evolved over the years, especially in Singapore.
On display are also some works by our local artists who have given a contemporary spin to this art form.
Date: 21 Jan - 25 Sep 2022
Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327874
Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs
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