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Best Local History & Culture in Singapore

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Singapore Philatelic Museum

Ever wondered how that stamp in the corner of your envelope was made? Well, that is precisely what you will learn at South-east Asia's first philatelic museum. Opened in 1995, this museum holds an extensive collection of local and international stamps dating back to the 19th century. Anything related to stamps can be found here like first day covers, artwork, printing proofs, progressive sheets, even a number of private collections. Equipped with interactive exhibits, audio-visual facilities, a resource center and games, visitors are likely to come away with a new-found interest in stamp collecting.

Singapore, Singapore
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Peranakan Museum

Few new cultures are as distinctive and rich as that of the Peranakan (Straits Chinese). Deeply entrenched in the glory of ancient women and traditional folklore, this resplendent museum hearkens back to the heyday of the rich Peranakan culture. A reproduction of a Peranakan house of the early 20th century, the Peranakan Museum lends stirring insights into the vibrant and resonant nuances of this very culture. Chinese, Malay and, to a lesser extent, European influences are evident in the clothes, architecture and lavish furnishings, highlighting the affluent lifestyle of the Peranakans. Many treasured artifacts, ceramics and collections from the 17th-century Qing dynasty porcelain and intricate beaded embroidery are fine examples of the heritage of this unique culture. Elaborate and insightful, the museum shelters a thematic representation of the lives and times of the Peranakan people across a multitude of galleries.

Singapore, Singapore
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National Museum of Singapore

Trace the events that have shaped Singapore from the 14th Century right up to the present day at the National Museum of Singapore. Discover the rich heritage of its people, their ancestral roots, ethnic and religious diversity and past struggle for nationhood through dioramas, artifacts and an intriguing 3D show. The 14-century Javanese gold jewelry on display hints at Singapore's glorious past. In addition to exhibits, the museum also screens a variety of movies that are woven into a theme of culture, history and heritage.

Singapore, Singapore
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Reflections at Bukit Chandu

A museum dedicated to recognizing the role of Malay soldiers in defending Singapore in WWII, Reflections at Bukit Chandu offers a more personal insight into the war. Highlighting the experiences of the soldiers who were part of the fiercely-fought hand-to-hand battle on Bukit Chandu which pitted an outnumbered Malay regiment against the Japanese forces, this interactive museum uses a wide range of mediums like videos and original recordings to remind visitors of the emotional fabric that enveloped WWII. Stroll the grounds outside and pause at the pillars of reflections, erected in remembrance of the soldiers who fought and died on the very soil that the museum stands on today.

Singapore, Singapore
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Changi Prison Museum & Chapel

The new Changi Museum replaces the Old Changi Prison Chapel and Museum that was relocated to its current site to make way for the expansion of Changi Prison. In honoring the spirit and commitment of those who rose from the depths of adversity, the Museum inspires future generations to come and deepen their appreciation of the heroic and inspirational stories that unfolded in Changi during the war. The Changi Museum is dedicated to all those who lived and died in Singapore, in particular the Changi area, during the dark years of World War II.

Singapore, Singapore
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