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January 23, 2020

A Slice of History – Museums to Visit in Singapore

Did you know that Singapore is home to over 50 museums? The oldest museum in Singapore is the National Museum of Singapore. Previously known as the Raffles Museum, it was first established in 1874. Singapore’s museums have since grown exponentially! Singapore’s museums make great learning and education hubs on Singapore’s history, culture and even science. Here are a list of some our favourite museums to visit!

1. National museum of Singapore

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The oldest museum in Singapore is home to some of Singapore’s most precious artifacts, including the Singapore Stone – believed to be dated back to as early as the 10th or 11th century whose inscriptions suggest that Singapore was once part of the Majapahit empire. The National Museum is also home to the permanent exhibition – Life in Singapore: The Past 100 Years – that presents a narrative on Singapore’s past and present. Visit this place for a chance to study and learn more about Singapore’s history in this neo-classical building fused with modernity for a twist.

2. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

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Tucked away on the campus of the National University of Singapore, this museum boasts preserved fossils and is home to a wide range of taxidermy animals. Talk about biodiversity – this museum has over 2,000 specimens that range from plant to marine life, mammals to fungi. Some of the museum’s highlights include three diplodocid sauropod fossils found in the United States, as well as the fossil of a sperm whale found on dead on Singapore’s Jurong Island back in 2015. Take yourself on a learning journey back in time as you discover the mind-blowing knowledge and study the various specimens that this museum has to offer!

3. Asian Civilizations Museum

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This museum is home to a plethora of various artifacts and art from various Asian civilizations and time periods. Learn about the uncovered cargo from an Arab ship that sunk 1100 years ago near the island of Belitung, near Sumatra at the Tang Shipwreck gallery. Including ceramics, gold and silver among other mediums, this exhibition is bound to keep you on your toes as you look out for the next interesting artifact. 

Interested in taking your museum learning journey a step further? Check out the different study tours that YMCA Learning Centre offers! 

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