National Museum of Singapore: Solo Trip


It started with an ad for an interactive digital exhibit at the National Museum of Singapore. “Sounds cool,” I thought. “I’ve never been to the museum before.”

So during a 2.5 week trip to my homeland Singapore, I ventured to Bugis Street to visit the National Museum of Singapore for the first time.

Bugis Street
Bugis Street is always bustling with activity, but it’s especially busy during Chinese New Year season (Jan-Feb)

National Museum

The National Museum of Singapore consists of two levels of top-notch exhibits (about Singapore history) as well as digital exhibits and art galleries.

National Museum of Singapore
Quaint little trishaw – it was pulled by a trishaw driver on a bike. This was the main means of transport 50 years ago.
National Museum of Singapore
Left: Late Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of Singapore, and our Founding Father
National Museum of Singapore
A reenactment of outdoor movie screenings, where everyone watched movies from their vehicles, under the stars
National Museum of Singapore
Old posters telling people to delay marriage and having children. The government back-tracked and started encouraging more kids when the population started aging, as it does when a society becomes first-world

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
My favorite exhibit – Story of the Forest – a magical, immersive digital showcase

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
Gorgeous architecture and wide-open space

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
The most interesting exhibit, to me, was the one about the Japanese Occupation.

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore
This was the digital exhibit that brought my attention to the museum. It was quite underwhelming, but that’s ok, because the rest of the museum more than made up for it
National Museum of Singapore
There was a cool art exhibit in the a basement with optical-illusion-type art installations

Museums make great solo trips because you can get lost inside your head and in the exhibits. You can go anywhere you want, at any pace. You can skip uninteresting exhibits or linger at exhibits that catch your fancy. (For example, I visited Story of the Forest twice and stayed inside for a long time.)

Opening Hours & Admission

(from the official website)

National Museum of Singapore


93 Stamford Road S(178897)
Tel:(+65) 6332 3659 / (+65) 6332 5642

Opening Hours

Open daily from 10am to 7pm
Last admission to Glass Rotunda (Story of the Forest by teamLab and Singapore, Very Old Tree by Robert Zhao) at 6.15pm. Last admission to all other galleries at 6.30pm.


Free admission for Citizens*, Permanent Residents*, children aged 6 and below and first caregivers of persons with disabilities to all galleries (permanent galleries and any on-going Special Exhibition).
*Please present pink or blue NRIC for scanning at the Visitor Services counter.

Admission for Non-Citizen & Non-Permanent Resident:

Permanent Galleries
(All Level 1 and
2 Galleries, and Glass Rotunda)
Special Exhibition
All Access Pass
(Permanent Galleries, Glass Rotunda and Special Exhibition)
Adult $15  

Please note that there is currently no on-going Special Exhibition.


Senior (aged 60 and above) 1 $10
Special Access3

Admission tickets are available from the National Museum Visitor Services counter. Adult (non-Citizen and non-Permanent Resident) tickets are also available on SISTIC.

To end this post, I had an amazing solo museum trip, and if you find yourself in Singapore, looking for something to do, consider making a day trip here and immerse yourself in Singapore’s history. Even if you’re not a history buff, the Story of the Forest exhibit will blow you away!

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Lydia lives in California with her husband and 3 cats. In her free time, she enjoys daydreaming about traveling the world, and working hard on turning it into reality. Read more about her here.