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17 of the best kid friendly museums and exhibitions in Singapore

17 of the best kid friendly museums and exhibitions in Singapore

Updated:
March 2, 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 to!

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

Singapore

4. National Museum of Singapore

5. Through the Lens of Time - Singapore Discovery Centre

6. Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

7. Singapore Maritime Gallery

Science & Nature

8. Science Centre Singapore

9. KidsSTOP Singapore

10. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Culture

11. SINGAPO人

12. Malay Heritage Centre

13. Indian Heritage Centre

Limited Time & Special Exhibitions

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

15. Star Wars™ Identities: The Exhibition

16. Moo Moo Park

17. Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express

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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

4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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Science and Nature

8. Science Centre Singapore

Image: 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.

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9. 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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10. 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

11. 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.

12. Malay Heritage Centre

Image: 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.

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.

13. Indian Heritage Centre

Image: India 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.

Limited Time & Special Exhibitions

14. 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 29 Aug 2020

Where: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

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

More info on National Museum Singapore's website.

15. Star Wars™ Identities: The Exhibition

Image: Star Wars Identities website

Immerse yourself in the world of Star Wars™ in this interactive exhibition displaying close to 200 artefacts from the original Star Wars™ films.

Follow iconic characters such as Luke and Anakin Skywalker from their origins through to the friends and mentors they've encountered along the way that helped shaped their identities.

In the Design your own Star Wars™ Hero quest, visitors can explore their own identities at interactive stations throughout the exhibition.

At the end of the quest, you'll be able to view your new and unique Star Wars™ hero, understand how each facet of your life has been shaped by different forces, and find out if you belong to the light or dark side!

When: 30 Jan - 13 Jun 2020

Where: ArtScience Museum, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Admission:

Singapore Residents

  • Adult: $25
  • Concession: $20
  • Family: $80

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16. Moo Moo Park

The carpark at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has been transformed into a space where you can enjoy artworks on display by foot or in an electric car.

Created in collaboration with the MeshMinds Foundation and 8 local artists, the exhibition is inspired by the Year of the Ox and focuses on sustainable development goals such as air pollution, sustainable mobility, and endangered habitats.

Interactive and immersive technologies are used to transform digital drawings into 3D installation art, selfie filters, and augmented reality murals.

When: 22 Jan - 8 Mar

Where: Level 6 carpark at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straight Boulevard, SIngapore 018906

Admission:

  • Walk in: $5 per pax
  • Chaffeured Drive Thru: $10 per pax

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17. Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express

Image: Gardens by the Bay

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 - 13 Jun 2021

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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