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Fusing two very different subject matters, the ArtScience Museum explores the relationship between art and science through a series of exciting and interactive exhibits. The museum has three permanent galleries – "Curiosity," "Inspiration" and "Expression" – and also hosts world-class touring exhibits, educational talks from the curators, and hands-on workshops suitable for all ages. With its environmentally-friendly functions and gorgeous design, the museum itself is a great achievement of the union of art and science. The ArtScience Museum is located in a white, lotus-shaped building connected to the Marina Bay Sands complex.
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).
Located within the National University of Singapore, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum was established in April 2015. The museum preserves several natural history exhibits that were taken off from the National Museum by the government. There are about 5,60,000 exhibits in all and around 2,000 of them are put up for viewing. The museum has put up different species of reptiles, fungi, mammals, insects and aquatic animals on display. However, the most fascinating exhibits here are the dinosaur fossils. The museum is open to public visitation throughout the year.
1977 saw the inaugural opening of the Science Center Singapore that has since fascinated children, inspired teenagers and enlightened adults. More than 600 exhibits in seven themed galleries provide enthralling insights into the physical and life sciences. Seeing the world through an insect's eyes, wandering through the human biological system and learning to write in Braille are some of the things you can do. A firm favorite is the Aviation Gallery, which introduces the principles of aerodynamics and the history of flight through the use of hands-on displays.
The first in Southeast Asia, the Omni-Theatre houses a 276-seat omni-planetarium, where films on oceanography, astronomy, meteorology, geology and aeronautics are screened. One of the most hi-tech in the world, the structure stands five stories tall. It is elevated at 30 degrees to the horizon and has a 23-meter (75.4-foot) dome as its screen. This concept of viewing stretches one's vision and sense of time and space, resulting in a gripping audio-visual experience.
S'pore Discovery Centre takes you through Singapore's technological endeavors and achievements in an entertaining and educational setting. Loads of hands-on activities await your participation - virtual reality games, computer-simulated shooting, virtual parachute jumps and a motion simulator ride just to name a few (separate charges may apply). Be sure to strike up a conversation with Little George, an interactive robot that's a hit with the kids. A separate gallery deals with the history and progress of military technology, while military vehicles from various time periods are exhibited on the grounds. Cap your visit off with a 30-minute coach tour of the SAFTI Military Institute.