The Civic District is considered the heart of Singapore. It was originally part of the town plan made by Sir Stamford Raffles way back in 1923. Today the area is known for its historic buildings, many of which have been conserved as museums. Here are 5 museums which are worth visiting. All of these are located near the City Hall and Bras Basah MRT stations. They are also located close to each other, so you can visit more than one museum in a single day!

National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum is Singapore’s flagship museum and also its oldest. Did you know that the current building dates back to 1887 when it was known as Raffles Library and Museum? The museum’s key attraction is the Singapore History Gallery which is a must visit for anyone who wants to relive Singapore’s history. From time to time, there are also special exhibitions featuring collections from famous museums worldwide.

Nearest MRT: Bras Basah
Website:http://nationalmuseum.sg/

Peranakan Museum

Located in Armenian Street, the Peranakan Museum is located in an old school building (now gazetted as a National Monument). Through its collection of artwork, furniture, textiles and jewellery, it gives us a glimpse of Singapore’s Peranakan community and how they adapted to life here. The stories of prominent Peranakans and the role they played in Singapore’s history are worth reading.

Nearest MRT: City Hall
Website:http://peranakanmuseum.org.sg/

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Just 2 minutes away from the Peranakan Museum is the Singapore Philatelic Museum, a paradise for anyone who loves stamp collecting. With galleries depicting Singapore’s postal history, it is a great place to visit for adults and kids alike. Do visit the museum shop which sells commemorative stamps, postcards and a bunch of interesting stuff.

Nearest MRT: City Hall
Website:http://spm.org.sg/

Singapore Art Museum

Located close to the Bras Basah MRT, the Singapore Art Museum is dedicated to showcasing Southeast Asian contemporary art. There are new exhibitions every few months, ranging from fine art to sculpture to multimedia. An extension called SAM at 8Q has more. If you feel hungry, you can always check out some of the hip cafes and restaurants in the building.

Nearest MRT: Bras Basah
Website:https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/

Asian Civilisations Museum

The Asian Civilisations Museum is located near the Singapore river (in the former Empress Place building). With a focus on the history and culture of East, Southeast and South Asia, it is great place to learn about the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans. Check out the permanent galleries with artefacts more than a thousand years old. After a tour of the galleries, you can always take a walk along the Singapore river outside!

Nearest MRT: City Hall
Website:http://acm.org.sg/

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