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Free Museums in Singapore

Chinatown Heritage Centre Singapore

Singapore offers a variety of (national) museums, heritage institutions & galleries.

All About City brought together a comprehensive list of art spaces, which are considered a must-visit for locals, ex-pats & visitors in town!

Free For Public

Artisan’s Garden

The Artisan’s Garden was once the site of the craftsmen’s workshop and living quarters in the 14th century. Today, space is one of the last archaeological dig sites that has been retained in Singapore. Visitors can explore the refreshed interpretive space to better appreciate what the site used to be, as well as learn about the archaeological excavations and their findings on Fort Canning. There is also a decked activity space that will regularly host archaeology-related workshops.
Fort Canning Park
Park lighting hours: 7 pm – 7 am
Free Admission

BCA Gallery

Visitors can look forward to an interactive journey to see how Singapore’s Built Environment has transformed over the years and understand how important aspects are integrated into the development of Singapore’s Built Environment.

200 Braddell Road, Block G, Singapore 579700
Operating Hours:  Mondays – Fridays (except public holidays) from 9 am – 5 pm.
Free admission but by appointment only via email

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a Buddhist temple and museum complex located in the Chinatown district of Singapore.

288, South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840
Operating Hours: Daily from 7 am – 7 pm
Free Admission

Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery traces fire fighting and civil defence developments in Singapore from the late 1800s till the modern day and is intended as a twin vehicle for showcasing the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) proud and long history, as well as heightening public awareness of civil defence.

Heritage institution, Central Fire Station, 62 Hill St, Singapore 179367
Click here to request a visit to EPC/Heritage Gallery.
Kindly note that visits are closed on Mondays
Free Admission

Fort Siloso

Fort Siloso is Singapore’s only well-preserved coastal fort that served as part of the country’s defences. The on-site military museum contains a treasure trove of WWII memorabilia, including coastal guns, the remains of fortified military structures and tunnels, as well as an interactive video documentary, complete with wax figures of Japanese & British soldiers at the Surrender Chambers.

Siloso Point, Sentosa Singapore
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am – 6 pm – Last entry at 5.30 pm
Free Admission

Fuk Tak Chi Temple

The Fuk Tak Chi Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore, built in 1824 by Hakka and Cantonese immigrants five years after the founding of the modern city in 1819.

76 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048464
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Free Admission

Gan Heritage Centre

A comprehensive clan archive, the Centre presents an illustration and documentation of the story of the Gan Clan from the etymological origins of the Gan surname to its present status. Above all, Gan Heritage Centre is a living museum that encourages interaction with its visitors, particularly the younger audience in quest of their ancestral roots and cultural identity.

Heritage institution, 18 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089832

Admission to Gan Heritage Centre is free, but by appointment only.
Gallery hours from 2 pm – 6 pm on weekdays.
Make an appointment to visit Gan Heritage Centre

Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa – formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden – is an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built-in 1937, Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted the world Tiger Balm. The eclectic park is a treasure trove of Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion – quirky yet enlightening, at the same time.

262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628

Opening hours: 9 am – 10 pm (last entry  9.30 pm)
TEN COURTS OF HELL 9 am – 9.30 pm (last entry 9.15 pm)
Open daily, including weekends and Public Holidays
Free Admission

Home Team Gallery

The gallery, located within the Home Team Academy, highlights the rich history of Home Team departments and the evolution of the Home Team concept. Visitors will learn about how the various Home Team departments work with other government agencies and the community to keep Singapore safe and secure.

501 Old Choa Chu Kang Road, Singapore 698928
Free Admission

Istana Heritage Gallery

The Istana Heritage Gallery is located at the Istana Park along Orchard Road, opposite the Istana. Opened since October 2016, the specially curated exhibition captures the Istana’s transition from being the Colonial Governor’s House to its present role as the Office of the President. The range of heritage displays includes state artefacts, artworks and collection of gifts presented by foreign dignitaries to Singapore’s Presidents and Prime Ministers.

Istana Park, 35 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238902
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am-6 pm, except Wednesdays when it is closed for maintenance
Admission charges: Free

Virtual Tour 

Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore Gallery (IRAS Gallery)

Discover how tax has evolved in Singapore in the past, present and future through a highly interactive experience that allows visitors to discover much of this story for themselves. Follow the trail to find the answers to questions such as ‘Just what is tax, really?’ and ‘What kinds of tax do you pay?’

IRAS Gallery is located on the 1st storey of Revenue House, 55 Newton Road
Take a virtual tour!
Visitors welcomed on Mondays to Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm.
Admission is free and visits are self-guided.

JCU Museum of Video and Computer Games

The first museum completely dedicated to the History of Video and Computer Games in South East Asia

James Cook Australia Institute of Higher Learning, 149 Sims Drive, Singapore 387380
Entrance is free
For opening hours, check the Facebook page

Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery

Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery serves as a platform to showcase the rich history of the Kreta Ayer and Chinatown areas.

Kreta Ayer Community Club, 28 Kreta Ayer Rd, Singapore 088995
Free Admission


Behind the Block: Singapore’s Public Housing Story
As architects of the homes and towns designed for quality and sustainable living, HDB brings you the LIVINGSPACE, our engaging and immersive gallery.
Walk through the different spaces to discover the meticulous planning, innovation and creativity in building communities and housing a nation.
To enjoy the full immersive experience, and the sights, sounds and colours for yourself, visit the LIVINGSPACE.

HDB Hub, 480 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, Singapore 310480
Level 1(beside The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) | Basement 1 (near Toa Payoh Room)

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday from 8:30 am – 5 pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Free Admission

Museum@My Queenstown

A community museum that showcases the story of Queenstown as Singapore’s first satellite town.

Block 46-3 Commonwealth Drive #01-388, Singapore 140463
Check events on Eventbrite
Opening Hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays from  9.30 am – 2.30 pm | Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 9.30 am – 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm.
No entry charge.


This museum traces the growth of the National Helthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP) from a network of Maternal and Child Health clinics and Outpatient Dispensaries in the late 19th century to a leader in primary healthcare provision today.
It has a display of health-related artefacts from the past and aims to preserve our heritage and educate the younger and future generations of Singaporeans about primary healthcare’s history.

Level 3 of Bukit Batok Polyclinic, 50 Bukit Batok West Ave 3, Singapore 659164
Opening Hours: Mondays – Fridays 8 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 4.30 pm | Saturdays 8 am – 12.30 pm | Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Admission Charges: Free

National Library, Singapore

The National Library in Singapore is the flagship building of the National Library Board, located on an 11,304-square metre site in Victoria Street.

100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 9 am
Free Admission

NEWater Visitor Centre

The NEWater Visitor Centre (NVC) is an education hub that promotes water sustainability in Singapore and shares how NEWater is produced. The Centre offers a fun-filled and enriching time for visitors of all ages, with interactive tours and educational workshops.

20 Koh Sek Lim Road, Singapore 486593
Opening Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays, (including public holidays) 9 am – 5:30 pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Free Admission

NUS Museum

The Museum has over 8,000 artefacts and artworks across four collections, the South & Southeast Asian Collection, the Lee Kong Chian Collection, the Ng Eng Teng Collection and the Straits Chinese Collection, located at the NUS Baba House.

50 Kent Ridge Crescent, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119279
Check out events & exhibitions
Opening Hours:
Monday: School & faculty visits by appointment only
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed
Free Admission

Police Heritage Centre

The Police Heritage Centre (PHC) welcomes visitors with a showcase of multifarious exhibits and multimedia displays that highlights the rich history of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) from the colonial times till the present day.
Currently closed from 6 Feb to 17 May 2020. 
You may wish to visit us at our SPF200 exhibition, “Frontier Town to Safest City”, at the Stamford Gallery, National Museum of Singapore from 6 Feb – 17 May 2020 instead. The exhibition tells the stories of our 200-year journey – bravery in the face of danger, of bringing criminals to justice, of duty above self. It is a story of how Singapore transformed from a lawless frontier town to one of the safest cities in the world. Free Admission

Heritage institution, Police Headquarters, New Phoenix Park, 28 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329560
Take a virtual tour
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday and eve of Public Holidays: 10 am – 1 pm
Closed on Monday, Sunday and Public Holidays
Free entry – Visits are strictly by appointment only

Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum (Temporary Closed)

The Air Force Museum creatively combines original artefacts with interactive media and provides an engaging hands-on experience that breathes new life into the RSAF story for all ages.

Paya Lebar Airbase, 400 Airport Rd, Singapore 534234
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday | 8.30 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

Republic of Singapore Navy Museum

About the Singapore Navy – how it began, the challenges the early sailors went through and overcame.

Inside Changi Naval Base, 112 Tanah Merah Coast Road, Singapore 498794
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday – 9 am – 5 pm | Saturday 9 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays, Public Holidays, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve.
Free Admission

SG Mobility Gallery

The Land Transport Gallery provides visitors with a visual and sensory experience of Singapore’s transport development.

Land Transport Authority, No. 1 Hampshire Road, Block 1 Level 1, Singapore 219428
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday  from 9.30 am – 5 pm | Saturdays from 9.30 am – 1 pm (For pre-arranged community visits only) | Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Free Admission
We need you to make a prior booking for your visit to ensure that the Gallery is not overcrowded and all visitors can enjoy a comfortable time here. Click here to book your visit. For multiple bookings or enquiries please email us.

Singapore City Gallery

The Singapore City Gallery showcases Singapore’s dramatic transformation over the past 50 years, to become one of the most liveable cities in Asia. It tells Singapore’s development story, through 40 interactive and immersive exhibits that detail our planning challenges and the innovative solutions that tackle them.

Heritage institution, 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Check out the programmes
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm | Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Free admission

Singapore Maritime Gallery

Sail into Singapore’s maritime beginnings and discover how she transformed from a thriving trading post into a premier Global Hub Port and the world’s leading International Maritime Centre!

31 Marina Coastal Drive, Marina South Pier, Level 2, Singapore 018988
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 9 am-6 pm | Closed on Mondays (except for public holidays).
Free admission

Sustainable Singapore Gallery

Enjoy the magnificent view of the city skyline from the rooftop of Marina Barrage and learn more about Singapore’s water journey at the Sustainable Singapore Gallery.

Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm daily (closed on Tuesdays)
Free Admission

The Arts House

Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was home to Singapore’s first parliament, The Arts House continues in the distinguished tradition of this gazetted national monument and now plays a key role in the country’s arts and creative scene. Promoting  and presenting multidisciplinary programmes and festivals within its elegant spaces, it focuses in particular on the literary arts, celebrating the works of written and spoken word artists from Singapore and beyond.

1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Check Out What’s On 
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily
Box Office:
Level 1, The Arts House
Monday – Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed
(For programmes on weekends and Public Holidays, the Box Office will be opened 60 minutes before the programme)
Free Admission

The Changi Museum

In honouring 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.
The museum is closed from 2 April 2018 for a major redevelopment, along with the chapel. Both the museum and chapel will only re-open in late 2020.

1000, Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
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Operation hours: 9.30 am – 5 pm daily
Free Admission

The Cathay Gallery

A space that celebrates the history of Cathay and the Loke family’s business ventures in Singapore and Malaysia, as well as their contribution to Cathay Organisation.

2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm
Discover the history behind The Cathay at The Cathay Gallery, Level 2!
Free Admission

The Gem Museum

Follow their museum route of how gemstones are being transformed from the mine to market in 4 different stages (from formation to mining and extraction, to gem and diamond cutting (lapidary), lastly to the trade and industry). It’s an enriching learning journey from the museum to the exquisite showroom.

26 Kandahar Street Level 2 Singapore 198888
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12 am – 5 pm | Saturday 11 am – 3 pm.
Closed on Monday, Sunday & Public Holiday.
Admission is free
Before visiting, kindly visit the Facebook page to check for ad-hoc closure dates, due to special events.

The Kindness Gallery

Learn more about kindness and graciousness. Whether for locals familiar with past campaigns, or tourists who are intrigued by efforts in Singapore to encourage pro-social behaviour, The Kindness Gallery has something to interest everyone.

61 Stamford Rd #01-08, Stamford Court Singapore 178892
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
The Kindness Gallery is closed on Weekends and Public Holidays
Free admission


The Parkview Museum Singapore is a private museum established by the Parkview Group. Located in Parkview Square, it occupies a floor area of 1,500 square metres with up to six metres of ceiling height. It is a brand new space conceived to host exhibitions with an emphasis on contemporary art. Its exhibitions will alternate between solo shows, thematic exhibitions, and exhibitions featuring pieces from the Group’s extensive collection.
Currently closed to prepare the next exhibition, check their website for updates!

600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, Level 3 Singapore 188778
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12 pm – 7 pm.
The Parkview Museum Singapore is open to the public free of charge to encourage the integration and appreciation of art in everyday life.

The SGH Museum

Housed in the Bowyer Block, an architectural landmark in the Outram Campus, the SGH Museum is a repository of artefacts and records, where visitors can trace the long and rich history of the Singapore General Hospital.

Singapore General Hospital, Bowyer Block Clock Tower, Outram Road, Singapore 169608
Opening Hours: By Appointment Only
Free Entry for all visitors

YANG Gallery

A contemporary fine art gallery where Art meets Fashion, Luxury, Investment & Beyond, presenting Oil paintings, Sculptures, Ceramics, Watercolors, Photographs, Prints, Installations, Designer Furniture and Artistic Architectures.

The Shopping Gallery Hilton, #01-11, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883
Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 7 pm
(including Sundays & Public Holidays)
Free Admission

Free For Citizens & PRs

Asian Civilisations Museum

The Asian Civilisations Museum is devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans.

National Museum,  Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Check Out What’s On
Opening Hours: Saturdays – Thursdays – 10 am – 7 pm
Fridays – 10 am – 9 pm
Closest MRT: Raffles Place (Exit H)
Admission Fee
Citizens & Permanent Residents: Free
Adults $8 – Students, Seniors, Persons with Disabilities $4

Baba House

NUS Baba House is a three-storey townhouse located in Singapore’s historic district of Blair Plain. As a part of NUS Centre for the Arts, it facilitates research into architectural conservation, urban and social history, and cultural hybridity.

157 Neil Road, Singapore 088883
Check out What’s on
Free entry for all visitors who are:
Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, NUS Staff, Students and Alumni
Students holding valid passes, ICOM and Museum Roundtable members.
A SGD 10 fee is applicable for all other visitors.

Chinatown Heritage Centre

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the gateway for all visitors to trace the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers and discover the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home.
Chinatown Heritage Centre Singapore
Heritage institution, 48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207

Opening Hours: Daily, 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Ticketing: Adult SGD 18 – Child SGD 14 – Seniors (Singaporean/PR) free with every paying visitor

Eurasian Heritage Gallery

About the history and culture of the Eurasian community in Singapore

139 Ceylon Rd, Singapore 429744
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm (including public holidays) – Closed on Monday.
Admission Fee: Singaporean Citizens & Permanent Residents Free – Foreign visitors SGD 5
SGD 6 per pax

Indian Heritage Centre

The Indian Heritage Centre is a cultural centre and museum in Singapore that showcases the culture, heritage and history of Indian Singaporeans.

Heritage institution, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
Check Out Whats’s On
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 7 pm |  Fridays – Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm |  Sundays/Public Holidays 10 am – 4 pm | Closed on Mondays
The Indian Heritage Centre is closed on Public Holidays that fall on a Monday unless otherwise stated.
Free admission for all Citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs), and visitors aged 6 years and below.

Malay Heritage Centre

The Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) showcases the history, culture and contributions of the Malay community within the context of Singapore’s history and multi-cultural society.

Heritage institution, 85 Sultan Gate Singapore 198501
Check Out Whats’s On
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday,  10 am – 6 pm | Monday – Closed
Malay Heritage Centre Compound
Tuesday – Sunday,  8 am – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday, 8 am – 10 pm
Monday – Closed
Citizens & Permanent Residents free
Tourists & Foreign Citizens Adults SGD 4.00 – Adults (for group of 20 and above) – 20% discount – Family (for maximum of 5 members) – SGD 12
Seniors  – SGD 2.00 – Students – SGD 2.00 – Free for children under 6 years old

National Gallery Singapore

Singapore’s leading visual arts institution which oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art.

National Museum, 1 St. Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Check Out Whats’s On
Opening Hours
Gallery exhibition spaces, Keppel Centre for Art Education and Gallery & Co / Padang Atrium entrance and public spaces
Sunday – Thursday, Public Holidays: 10 am to 7 pm
Friday – Saturday, Eve of Public Holidays: 10 am to 10 pm
Rooftop dining: 10 am–1 am
Coleman Street entrance: 9 am–1 am
Basement car park: 7 am–1 am
Admission Fee: Singaporean : Free | NON-Singaporean: SGD 20- SGD 15

National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum that seeks to inspire with stories of Singapore and the world.

National Museum, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Find Out More Programme
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 am – 7 pm
Last admission at 6.30 pm
Admission Fee
Citizens and Permanent Residents Free
Children 6 years of age and below (All nationalities) Free
Foreign Visitors (Adults) SGD 10
Foreign Visitors (Concessions for Students & Seniors aged 60 years and above and Persons with Disabilities*) SGD 5

Old Ford Motor Factory

In 2005, the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) acquired the Former Ford Factory site where the British surrendered to the Japanese during World War II. The site underwent extensive development and a new repository was developed to house the growing archival collection. In addition, anchoring on archival records and the significance of the site, NAS curated an exhibition showcasing the memories of life during the Japanese Occupation.

351 Upper Bukit Timah Road Singapore 588192
Opening Hours: (Please note that the Memories at Old Ford Factory is currently closed for renovations.)
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 5.30 pm
Admission: SGD 3
Free admission for: All Children under 6, Singaporeans and permanent residents, Singapore student pass holders, Museum Roundtable members.
Free admission to all on Open House Day

Singapore Discovery Centre

SDC provides a mind-and-heart-engaging and multi-sensory learning experience which spans a selection of integrated themes. Visitors can learn about what makes Singapore tick and gain insights into Singapore’s challenges, dreams and aspirations.

Heritage institution, 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365
Check the Exhibits & Attractions
Opening Hours: Weekdays from 9 am – 4 pm | Weekends from 9 am – 6 pm
Free admission for Singaporeans & Permanent Residents | Tourists & foreign citizens Adult SGD 10 – Youth SGD 7.50 – Child SGD 6 – Senior Citizen SGD 9 – Family $28

Singapore Philatelic Museum

The museum collections range from stamps and archival philatelic material of Singapore from the 1830s to present day, and stamps from member countries of the Universal Postal Union.
The permanent galleries introduce the world of philately, the world’s first stamp, and how stamps are a window to the world – to explore different topics such as science, technology, history and culture. Throughout the year, the museum holds special exhibitions on current topics. Educational activities are organised for schools and members of the public to discover the heritage of Singapore and other countries through philately.

Due to a major redevelopment since SPM’s opening in 1995, the museum will be closed to the public from 18 March 2019, and is expected to re- open to the public in 2021.

23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
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Opening Hours : Daily, 10 am – 7 pm
Admission Fee : Adult: SGD 8; Child: SGD 6; Free admission for Singaporeans & Permanent Residents

Sports Museum

Explore the history of sports at the Singapore Sports Museum and find out how sports has changed Singapore today!

6 Stadium Walk, Singapore Sports Hub
Opening Hours
Weekdays: 10 am – 8 pm
Weekends, Eve of Public Holidays and Public Holidays: 10 am – 9 pm
Admission Fee:
Singapore Citizens & permanent residents free.
Adults SGD 10 – Student SGD 5 – Senior Citizen SGD 5 – Children under 6 years old free

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

The revamped Memorial Hall pays tribute to the vital role played by Singapore and Nanyang in the 1911 Revolution. Focusing on the contributions of Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s key supporters in Singapore, the refurbished museum sheds light on the lesser-known details of Singapore and Nanyang’s involvement in the 1911 Revolution.

Heritage institution, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)
Closed on Mondays.
Admission: Free admission for all Singaporeans & Permanent Residents  | Adult SGD 8 | Seniors / Students / Person With Disabilities SGD 5 | 1st caretaker of PWD Free | Family Package of 5 SGD 24

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