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Free Admission Days

There are Free Admission Days at Museums in Singapore and the President's residence, the Istana is also open to the public on certain public holidays. Find the listing here.


Free Admission Days
at all National Heritage Board Museums

OPEN HOUSE DAYS

In celebration of our national holidays, the National Heritage Board (NHB) offers all visitors free admission to all exhibitions at the NHB museums and institutions on the following public holidays. Seize the rare chance to view our national collection and uncover our nation’s history.

With each museum presenting a part of our culture and heritage and with special programmes to complement the Open House Days, there is no better time to visit.

NHB Open House Days Calendar 2015

Museums in Singapore

A Singapore Museum is not the typical place that most children imagine for family fun and activities, but the knowledge about the culture and heritage of old Singapura and pride in our history is extremely important. Otherwise culture in Singapore is truly dead and our kids are living in a cultural wasteland, with no knowledge of their past and what came before them.

Whether you are living in Singapore or travel to Singapore on a visit, I strongly recommend taking your kids to any of our many museums in Singapore. What is the worse that can happen? Yeah, I have been asked politely to leave the museum before because of my noisy baby, so what? My older two kids had a blast with the audio guide, speeding around staring at the masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay.

For more information about the following Museums in Singapore, please visit www.nhb.gov.sg.

  • Singapore History Museum
  • Mint Museum of Toys

Istana Open House

Open House

The Istana grounds is open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year; Deepavali; Hari Raya Puasa; Labour Day; and National Day. The Istana Open House is scheduled to be held on the following dates in 2015:

Chinese New Year (2nd Day) -          20 February 2015 (Friday)
Labour Day (Actual Day)-          1 May 2015 (Friday)
Hari Raya Puasa (Actual Day)-          17 July 2015 (Friday)
National Day (Sunday before)-          2 August 2015 (Sunday)
Deepavali (Actual Day)-          10 November 2015 (Tuesday) [TBC]*

*Date is subject to confirmation. 

Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person. Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House.  For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers.

Istana souvenirs are also sold at the Open House. All proceeds from the sale of the souvenirs and the entrance fees collected are donated to charity. 


Notes to Visitors:

1.    The following items will not be allowed within the Istana grounds for security reasons:
·         Pointed and sharp objects (e.g. knives of any size, forks)
·         Flammable items (e.g. lighters)

2.    To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all visitors, and to prevent damage to the premises, the following activities will not be allowed within the Istana grounds:
·         Wheeled sports (e.g. cycling, roller blading)
·         Littering
·         Smoking
·         Consumption of alcoholic drinks
·         Pets (except for guide dogs)

3.    No storage facilities will be provided. Security personnel reserve the right to turn away visitors who bring along items that are not allowed.

4.    All visitors will need to go through security screening prior to entering the Istana grounds.

5.    The sale of tickets to enter the Istana Main Building will close at 5.30pm, subject to crowd conditions.

Please note that all times shown are indicative and may be subject to change.

ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands® (Singapore)

10am to 7pm (Last admission at 6.00pm)

Venue

ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

The world's first ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is the Museum of Creativity, where the creative processes at the heart of art and science and their role in shaping society are explored.

Featuring 21 gallery spaces totaling 50,000 square feet, the boldly iconic lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum is also the premier venue for major international touring exhibitions from the most renowned collections in the world.

Travelling exhibitions on show at ArtScience Museum:

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Ticket advisory:
For Group Sales and School Group enquiries: Please email museumgroupbooking@marinabaysands.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Tickets at the Singapore residents price are available at Marina Bay Sands box offices and SISTIC outlets. A valid identity card has to be presented for each admission ticket at the point of purchase. Random checks will be done at the point of entry; visitors who are unable to produce proof of eligibility will be required to upgrade to standard full price tickets


Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555

& SAM at 8Q - 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535

Opening hours : Monday to Sunday 10am to 7pm (till 9pm on Fridays)

Admission : $10 per adult

Free admission on Fridays from 6-9pm.

50% discount off admission for foreign students and senior citizens 60 years and above everyday.

Free admission to NSFs, local seniors above 60 years old, local teachers and students and children below 6 years old.

Free guided tours from Monday to Sunday, please call 6332 3222 / 6332 3200 to enquire.

The Singapore Art Museum presents contemporary art practices of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region.

National Museum of Singapore

Singapore History Gallery
10am - 6pm, daily (last admission at 5.30pm)


Explore Singapore's history from the 14th century to the modern period in this 2,800-square-metre gallery which takes a story-telling approach, unveiling different perspectives as you travel through tales of the past on your preferred path. The Events path traces major events and characters that were part of Singapore's history, while the Personal path tells stories through the eyes of the man on the street.

Voyage through the drama of national events as well as the intimate stories of individuals, and appreciate the struggles of the early settlers. With an audio-visual guide that comes in four languages, listen to interesting insights and quips of your choice to complete this enriching journey. Our young visitors can learn just as much with a dedicated children's option in the audio-visual guide.

Singapore Living Galleries Overview
10am - 8pm, daily (last admission at 7.30pm)


Spanning a combined floor area of 1,321 square metres, the four Singapore Living Galleries use art, technology and popular culture in innovative and engaging ways to present the stories of Singapore's ordinary people and social elite. Through the themes of Film & Wayang, Photography, Food and Fashion, these Galleries present the complexities of the country's history, and the layered, multicultural identity of its people.

Moving away from static showcase displays, the Singapore Living Galleries employ multimedia, popular culture, and the involvement of young local talents in the presentation and reinterpretation of Singapore's history. The result is a rich content woven together by filmmakers, graphic designers, lighting specialists and sound designers.

The extensive collection of artefacts and memorabilia, together with the information presented in the Galleries, takes about 90 minutes to fully appreciate. Each of these Galleries has a second room which allows a more hands-on experience and in-depth exploration of the themes presented.

Venue

93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

National Museum of Singapore, Permanent Galleries, Level 2

Ticket Pricing (SISTIC)

(Exclude Booking Fee)

Standard: S$9

Opening hours :

Singapore History Gallery
Mon - Sun: 10am - 6pm
Last Entry into Gallery: 5.30pm

Singapore Living Gallery
Mon - Sun: 10am - 9pm
Last Entry into Gallery: 7.30pm

Admission : $10 per adult / Family (3 Adults & 2 children) - $30

Free admission to Singapore Living Galleries from 6-8pm daily

Free admission to Permanent galleries for NSFs, local seniors above 60 years old, local teachers and students and children below 6 years old.

Free guided tours from Monday to Sunday. Please call 6332 3659 to enquire.

Admission charges to special exhibitions may vary.

The National Museum of Singapore is the nation's oldest museum with a history dating back to its inception in 1887.


Asian Civilisations Museum

Located by the historic Singapore River, the Asian Civilisations Museum traces the cultural roots of Singaporeans. It features a diverse collection from Southeast Asia, South Asia, China and West Asia. The first museum in the region with a focus on Asian cultures, the ACM also presents a programme of changing special exhibitions throughout the year.

This is the museum to go to trace the cultural roots of modern Singapore through 5,000 years of Asian culture. Immerse yourself in the civilisations of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.

Venue

Asian Civilisation Museum

1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

Ticket Pricing

(Exclude Booking Fee)

Standard: S$7

Opening hours

Daily: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 9pm

Admission : $5 per adult / Discounted admission on Fridays from 7-9pm

50% off admission for foreign seniors 60 years and above, and students everyday.

Free admission for NSFs, local seniors above 60 years old, local teachers and students and children below 6 years old.

Free guided tours from Monday - Sunday. Please call 6332 7798 to enquire.

Admission charges to special exhibitions may vary.


Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia. Installed in the former Tao Nan Chinese School, built in 1912, this intimate museum possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects. Galleries on three floors illustrate the cultural traditions and the distinctive visual arts of the Peranakans.

Aquaint yourself with the eclectic and vibrant heritage of the Babas and Nonyas in Singapore's first Peranakan Museum, with one of the world's best collections of Peranakan culture. Admire the intricately crafted jewellery, beaded slippers, gold and silver ornaments, textiles, ceramics and ornate furniture.

Venue

39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

Peranakan Museum

Ticket Pricing (SISTIC)

(Exclude Booking Fee)

Standard: S$5

Opening hours

Daily: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 9pm

Admission : $6 per adult

Discounted admission on Fridays from 7-9pm

50% off admission for foreign seniors 60 years and above, and students everyday.

Free admission to NSFs, local seniors above 60 years old, local teachers and students and children below 6 years old.

Free guided tours from Monday to Sunday, please call 6332 7591 to enquire.

Admission charges during special exhibitions may vary.


Singapore Philatelic Museum

23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

Opening hours : Monday 1-7pm / Tuesday to Sunday 9am - 7pm

Admission : $6 per adult / $4 for children 3-12 years old

Free admission to NSFs, local seniors 60 years and above, local teachers and students, and children below 3 years old.

Postage stamps are miniature pieces of art that feature the significant events, history, heritage and cultures of a country. The Singapore Philatelic Museum is the first of its kind in the region, with a fascinating array of 15,000 philatelic artefacts, colourful and interactive exhibitions. This is ideal for a fun and educational experience.

Letters and postcards mailed at the museum's sub-post office receive a special postmark which makes a great heritage souvenir, and print your very own personalised stamps at the museum shop!

;D This is my daughters' favourite museum. It must be one of the most nerdy places in Singapore for kids, so no crowds!

Stock up on all the essentials needed for your motherhood maternity needs and new baby at Mother & Baby Fairs which happen every month or so. You can also find lots of educational materials located all in one venue for convenience.

There is always a Book Fair going on somewhere in Singapore. Get books at steep discounts and there are sometimes even activities available to entertain the kids at the big fairs.

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