Singapore is one of those Asian cities with limitless supply of new ideas and inspiration (and it’s just a 3.5 hour flight away from Cebu <3). The city itself is a charm but wanted to dig in deeper so I checked out 4 museums during my recent trip to the Lion City which gave me loads of fresh creative insights that definitely would bolster me with some projects am currently working on.
First on my list is the world’s first purpose-built museum for toys – Mint Museum of Toys. I love toys and I even have my own collection of Revoltech and Transformer figures , which I amassed for a span of 15 years. Some of them I got from Toy Conventions in Hong Kong and hobby shops in Macau and Singapore. With that said, my collection is just a tadpole compared to the 5 level toy display at Mint Museum of Toys showcasing an extensive collection of vintage toys, originating from 40 countries such as Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States and Bulgaria.
Mint Museum of Toys is located at 26 Seah Street Singapore 188382. Open from 9:30AM to 6:30PM daily. Admission Charges: Adult SGD15 | Child & Senior Citizen SGD7.50.
How to get here: Alight at City Hall MRT and walk two blocks to Seah Street ( passing along Bras Basah Road and Raffles Hotel).
Buddha Tooth Relic Museum
Beautiful artifacts are displayed in the museum with the purpose of introducing the aspirations and teachings of Buddha. The exhibition encourages the visitor to have a deeper understanding of Buddhism. It also houses the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a stupa weighing 3.5 tonnes and composed of 320 kg of gold donated by devotees. Admission is free of charge and open daily from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. (Temple is open from 7AM-7PM.)
Address: 288 South Bridge Rd. Singapore 058840.
How to get here: From Chinatown MRT, take a 6-minute walk (500meter) along Pagoda Street turn right to Trengganu Street. Follow the road until you reach Banda Street and finally Sago Lane.
Singapore Art Museum makes you breath art, and inspires you to see beauty in almost everything, anywhere. I love it here! One of my favorite pieces in the museum is Pepe and Marcial Bonifacio by Alvin Zafra. An M16 bullet to ground into sandpaper in making the masterpiece- an implement of death is the medium of creation.
Admission Fee for Foreign Visitors: SGD10 (Free on Fridays from 6PM-9PM)
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10AM to 7:00PM (last admission is 6:15PM)
Address: 71 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189555
How to get here: Alight at Bras Basah MRT Station and take a 2 minute walk to the Sg Art Museum.
Singapore Science Center
Tesla Coil Demonstration definitely was the highlight of the visit. An electrifying demonstration of high voltage electricity. And don’t be afraid to volunteer to go inside a cage where the it would be jolted by high voltage electricity or hold a balloon that’ll be popped by electricity emitted from the coil. Don’t miss the show at 12noon(daily) and 5pm(weekends, school and public holidays).
As a literacy advocate, I – together with iLearners Inc., would love to operate a science museum in Cebu someday. ^_^
Address: 15 Science Center Road Singapore 609081
Operating Hours: 10am -6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Admission Charges: SGD 12.00
By MRT train
The nearest MRT station is Jurong East Station, which is on both the East-West Line and the North-South Line. From there, you can transfer to bus 66 or 335, or take an 8- minute walk to the Science Centre.
Walking from Jurong East Interchange
The Science Centre is just an 8-minute walk from the Jurong East Bus Interchange/MRT Station:
– Take the covered walkway from the interchange towards Jurong East St 13.
– Cross the street and continue in the same direction, along Block 135.
– Keep going in the same direction until you reach a road intersection.
– The building diagonally accross that intersection is the Science Centre.
Will surely check out more on my next Singapore visit.And I bet you have more to add? Drop me a comment and would love to check ’em out on my next SG trip. 🙂