Because for the urban traveler with business and global acumen, Singapore is the place to be.
On the second day of my trip, I got to use my 3-day museum pass which I previously had bought online. It gives me access to 8 different museums within a 3 day period. The pass that I got gave me access to 8 museums in Singapore, including the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, National Singapore History Museum, Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q, Red Dot Design Museum, and Reflections at Bukit Chandu.
Tip: If you love visiting museums like I do, I would definitely recommend getting a pass like this. While the museums are definitely worth the full admission fee due to Singapore’s rich culture and history, no one can argue against a discount.
My first stop is the Peranakan Museum, which explores the culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia. I found this museum very educational, and would recommend spending 2 hours here. It opens from 10am to 7pm, and they provide guided tours in the afternoon.
Address: 39 Armenian Street Peranakan Museum, Singapore 179941
Next stop, the Singapore Philatelic Museum, which showcases the history of stamps and a huge collection of stamps.
Trust me, it may not sound interesting at first, but it was surprisingly interactive and educational. This museum is especially good for children. The museum opens from 9:30am to 7pm, I would recommend staying an hour or so here, I spent a little over an hour.
Address: 23B Coleman Street Singapore Philatelic Museum, Singapore 179807
About an hour later, as we walked away from the museum, we came across this interesting red and white Edwardian building.
Turns out, it was the Vanguard Building, which took over the old MPH Building (a bookstore). Stop by if you’re interested in its history or architecture!
Address: 71 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178895
It is only about a minute away from Singapore’s Central Fire Station in a similar red and white structure. It is the oldest existing fire station in Singapore.
Address: 62 Hill St, Singapore 179367
Then, we walked over to Fort Canning Park, which was basically across the street. This park is a historical landmark that has witnessed many history events and periods of Singapore. It goes back to when the Malays ruled, where historical artefacts of Malay monarchs from the 14th century have been uncovered. It is also the site where the British army settled during wartime.
After enjoying the serene trails in the park, I headed towards the National Singapore History Museum which was conveniently right behind the park. This is Singapore’s oldest museum, and is definitely worth a visit. I spent approximately 3.5 hours here! They are open daily from 10am to 7pm.
Address: 93 Stamford Road National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897
As I headed back towards my hotel, I also stopped by SAM at 8Q, which is an extension of the Singapore Art Museum. As you can see, the building is colourful and contemporary! I would recommend this museum to those that enjoy art museums, I spent an hour here. This museum opens from 10am to 7pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 10am to 9pm on Fridays.
Address: 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
After spending most of the day in museums, I felt like I needed to relax from the information overload. So, we walked down Orchard Rd, did some shopping and then more sightseeing at Raffles City and Raffles Hotel.
Address: 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
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