A lot of articles published on the internet frequently cite shopping, dining and themed activities as the must-do things when visiting Singapore. But what a lot do not know is that the home of the Merlion actually is a country so rich in history and culture that it is evident with the number of museums and centers built to honor these aspects that pitched-in to what Singapore is today.
The above reasons are what prompted us to write an article discussing the top three must-see museums in Singapore and get a thorough view of the country’s history, culture and arts.
3. The Peranakan Museum
The Peranakan Museum is managed by country’s National Heritage Board and was built to highlight the culture and arts of a distinct ethnic group, the Peranakan. A term that means “locally born”, Peranakan pertains to the descendants of foreign traders who have married a local and eventually settled in Singapore during the 14th and 15th century.
The museum houses a wide range and extensive collections of the ethnic group’s artifact relating to its culture and traditions. The Peranakan Museum is built in partnership with the Asian Civilization Museum which is also recommended to visit while in the country.
2. ArtScience Museum
The ArtScience Museum is currently located at the Marina Bay Sands and one of the newest museums a visitor can enjoy while in the city. The museum features three sections that showcases the benchmarks of both art and science in Singapore. The exhibits are: Expression, Curiosity and Inspiration.
It is also often said that this museum is already an art in itself. The structure is lotus flower-like in shape and designed by renowned architect, Moshe Safdie. The museum also housed temporary commercial exhibits such as Cartier Time Art and Harry Potter Exhibition.
For the lover of the art, the Singapore Art Museum might just be the one that would suffice the palate. SAM houses over 7,000 art pieces varying from paintings, sculptures and the like.
1. National Museum of Singapore
The oldest museum and initially a part of the Singapore Institution Library, the National Museum of Singapore is a home to the country’s history-related exhibits called the Singapore History and the distinctly unique, Living Galleries, which features Singapore’s history and culture in a non-traditional approach.
The National Museum of Singapore’s facade is often cited for its unique merger between the old and new approach of architecture. It also houses film showing, cultural shows and performances to be enjoyed by its visitors.