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Best History Museums in Singapore

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Asian Civilisations Museum

This 1910 building evokes the serenity of its era in its arched verandas, balanced symmetry, and dignified proportions fashionable in 19th-century England. A Sri Lankan figurine of Buddha, Islamic art and calligraphy, South-east Asian tribal wood carvings and other ethnographic collections trace Singapore's diverse cultural and religious origins to all over Asia. The Asian Civilisations Museum, however, leans heavily towards Chinese cultural heritage, with two-thirds of the galleries focusing on artifacts from China, with jade, ceramics, bronzes, and folk art, dating from the Neolithic Age to the 20th century.

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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.

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Images of Singapore (Sentosa)

The newly remodeled museum provides a multi-sensory experience designed to guide you through Singapore's evolution from a fishing village to a cosmopolitan city. The journey begins at Four Winds of Singapore, a multimedia exhibit honoring Singapore's diversity and unified values. In Singapore Adventure, you can view milestones in the history of the city-state, from the signing of the first treaty to the horror of Japanese occupation. Lighten the mood by moving on to Singapore Celebrates, an exhibit showcasing the rich cultures and festivals of Singapore's diverse community. Last but not least comes Celebration City, which shows visitors the city Singapore is today. Don't forget to pick up some souvenirs and savor some delicious local dishes when here.

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Maritime Experiential Museum

Learn more about Singapore's long history as a shipping hub at the Maritime Experiential Museum at Resorts World Sentosa. The museum's showpiece is a replica of the spectacular treasure ship of Chinese Admiral Zheng He and a video about his fantastic sea voyages is played every 20 minutes. Other highlights include artifacts recovered from shipwrecks and displays about the colorful port cities from Indonesia to Oman. Interactive computer games and, arts and crafts tables will keep even the youngest visitors occupied. Visitors can also see what it's like to experience a storm on the high seas at the "Typhoon Theatre" (extra charges apply).

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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.

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