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Best Kid-friendly Museums & Art Exhibitions in Singapore

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From interactive displays to dedicated kids’ activities, there’s plenty of fun to be had at these awesome kid-friendly 2024 exhibitions at art galleries and museums in Singapore. Some exhibitions are even free to enter!

If you’re on the lookout for a fun, educational experience with the kids, there are plenty of kid-friendly exhibitions and free museums in Singapore to check out! A visit to a museum exhibition is a great way for kids to beat boredom and learn new things. We highlight some of the more child-friendly art exhibitions and museum exhibitions at some of our favourite spots to take the kids – from the newly revamped Keppel Art Centre for Education with immersive digital art experiences to the ArtScience museum (the FutureWorld exhibition is always a hit!), Science Centre Singapore, the National Museum Singapore and more! Most of these exhibitions have lots of interactive fun to suit any age group – plus, we’ve thrown in some other fun exhibitions around town that we think kids will enjoy. We love that there are so many free museums in Singapore and the exhibitions change regularly so there’s always something fun to come back to. Want to make it a full day? Check out our guide to the best museum + kid-friendly lunch combos, too!

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Best Kid-Friendly Museum & Art Exhibitions in Singapore

1. Naruto: The Gallery at Universal Studios Singapore

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Calling all Naruto fans – here’s your chance to relive Naruto’s heroic story from the beginning to the Fourth Great Ninja War at Naruto: The Gallery. Journey through unforgettable moments, get an exclusive peek into the storyboards, character art and many more that make up this popular anime series. Watch original animations that were inspired by iconic scenes, and take home some exclusive merchandise to add to your collection. Plus, there’s also a Naruto The Gallery cafe, where you can enjoy a unique dining experience inspired by Naruto.

When: 28 March – 30 June
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 7pm (except Saturday, 10am – 8pm)
Admission: from $59 for entry to Universal Studios Singapore, inclusive of entry to Naruto: The Gallery
Exhibition location: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269

2. Harry Potter: Vision of Magic at RWS

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Get excited Potterheads, there’s another Harry Potter experience coming our way towards the end of the year! Harry Potter: Visions of Magic will be the Asia premiere and the largest-ever engagement of its kind. Harry Potter: Visions of Magic created by Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment and NEON is an evocative and interactive art experience exploring some of the most mysterious corners of the wizarding world across 40,000 square feet. Discover a series of immersive environments inspired by enigmatic places in the magical community, like the Room of Requirement, Newt’s Menagerie, the Ministry of Magic, and more. Look out for responsive video content, bold architecture, and original soundscapes while interactive technology will illuminate the invisible, revealing visions of magic that bring the entire experience to life.

When: Q4 2024
Opening Hours: TBC
Admission: Get on the waitlist to find out and get exclusive dibs and offers.
Exhibition Location: Resorts World Sentosa (exact location TBC)

3. Weird But True! Exhibition

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The kids will love this exhibition at Cloud Forest, where they can dive into the plant and animal kingdoms to discover fascinating facts that they may not learn about in their textbooks! Walk through the cool, lush greenery of Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay while stepping into the world of science through beautiful photos and colourful graphics. More info here.

When: from 5 February 2024
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 9pm
Admission: Included in Cloud Forest ticket (from $8 per child and $12 per adult)
Exhibition Location: Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953

4. Japanese Textiles at the Peranakan Museum

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The Peranakan Museum opens its first special exhibition since its re-opening: Fukusa: Japanese Gift Covers from the Chris Hall Collection. Take the kids to discover the beauty of over 80 fukasa, kimonos and related textiles from renowned collector Chris Hall, who has one of the most important private collections in the world. Marvel at the exquisite artistry of Japanese textile and learn more about the act of gifting across cultures.

When: 19 April – 25 August 2024
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (until 9pm on Fridays)
Admission: from $6 for adults and free for children. Click here to purchase tickets.
Exhibition location: Special Exhibition Gallery at Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941

5. Children’s Museum Singapore: Into the Hawkerverse

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This school holidays, Children’s Museum Singapore will be launching a new exhibition – Into the Hawkerverse. Kids of all ages are invited to step into our hawker culture to gain a deeper understanding of what makes this so unique to Singapore and appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that the underrated hawker chefs pour into creating delicious food. More than just about food, the hawker culture is a way of life, and kids will get to embark on multisensory exploration and object-based learning. Don’t miss their opening weekend on 25 & 26 May, where there will be an outdoor carnival with exciting games and activities (free for all kids, $10 per adult). More info here.

When: from 25 May 2024
Opening Hours: Into the Hawkerverse is daily from 10am – 6pm; Carnival is only on 25 & 26 May 2024, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Entry to CMSG is free for Singaporeans and PRs; entry to the carnival is free to all children of all nationalities and $10 per adult of all nationalities. Click here to purchase tickets.
Exhibition location: 23-B Coleman St, Singapore 179807

6. Upcoming: Children’s Season at Asian Civilisations Museum

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Take the kids to the Asian Civilisations Museum, where they will get to embark on an exciting journey to discover innovation and unleash creativity. Explore quirky objects in this kid-friendly museum galleries and uncover the mysterious stories behind each one. Get inspired by the wonders of innovation as you wander through the museum, then end your time with an art & craft activities to transform your imagination into reality and express yourself!

When: 31 May – 1 June 2024, 11am – 5pm
Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free with some ticketed programmes. Look out for more info here.
Exhibition Location: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555

7. Air Force Museum Exhibits (FREE!)

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The Air Force Museum is a free museum for kids in Singapore that blends original artefacts and interactive media displays to highlight the history, heritage and values of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Expect an engaging, hands-on experience here, as the indoor gallery lets kids learn about the RSAF through interactive displays and role-playing games, while the outdoor gallery has a number of fighter jets, missiles and anti-aircraft systems that you’ll want to snap pics of.

When: Ongoing
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 4pm (except Sundays, Monday, PH, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve & Lunar New Year’s Eve)
Admission: Free!
Exhibition Location: Air Force Museum, 400 Airport Road, Singapore 534234

8. Children’s Museum Singapore (FREE!)

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Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG) is the first museum dedicated to children 12 years and below. If you’re looking for a creative way to teach your kids about Singapore’s history, the interactive exhibitions at the Children’s Museum Singapore are the answer. With engaging exhibitions and safe spaces for kids to roam, explore, and play, there is no better way to get your kids excited about history. Young toddlers can explore the Play Pod – a fun area for free play – while older kids can travel back in time to learn why our forefathers came to Singapore. Read our CMSG review here.

Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs. $10.90 per child and $16.35 per adult for tourists and foreigners. Due to limited slots, walk-ins are not recommended. So, book your tickets online in advance.
When: ongoing exhibition
Exhibition Location: Children’s Museum Singapore, 23-B, Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

9. ArtScience Museum: Future World Exhibition

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The ArtScience Museum is a gorgeous museum for kids in Singapore that houses plenty of exhibitions throughout the year that inspire creativity and wonder. One of our favourite exhibitions for kids in Singapore has to be ArtScience’s permanent exhibition FutureWorld: Where Art Meets Science. This permanent exhibition has three new interactive artworks that rethink and showcase the endless possibilities of play in a new gallery titled Exploring New Frontiers. This fantastic exhibit created in collaboration with the Japanese art and technology collective teamLab, is an interactive exploration of the “intersection between art, science, technology and culture”. There are light installations to marvel at, a giant slide to whizz down, drawing activities where you can colour with special crayons, scan your creation, and watch it appear on a live screen and more. Click here for our family-friendly guide to the ArtScience Museum.

When: Permanent Exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Last entry at 6pm)
Admission: SG Residents: $25 (adults); $20 (children) (Singapore Residents); Tourists/Foreigners: $30 (adults) & $25 (child)
Exhibition Location: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974

Note: Due to space constraints, strollers are not permitted inside the exhibition, so plan accordingly! There is a designated parking area for strollers near the entrance. 

10. Exhibition of Asian Antiquities & Decorative Art: ACM (FREE!)

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The Asian Civilisations Museum is home to over 1,300 artefacts, presented across 11 galleries and spans over 14,000m2. Excellent at providing learning opportunities for both younger and older children, ACM features age-appropriate activities, gallery-based storytelling sessions and hands-on workshops, as well as a continually updated range of exhibitions.

When: Permanent Exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Sundays – Thursdays), 10am – 9pm (Fridays)
Admission: Free for Singaporeans & Permanent Residents (permanent gallery) and $12 per adult (special gallery); $25 (adults); $20 (concession); free for kids aged 6 and below. Click here to book.
Exhibition Location: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

11. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Exhibits

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Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is one of our fave museums for kids in Singapore! There are more than 2,000 natural history specimens on display in 15 different thematic zones. The display items range from plants and amphibians to mammals, and even includes a sperm whale that was salvaged from when it was found dead off Jurong Island in 2015. Want to see a dinosaur? The permanent exhibit sees three 80% complete diplodocid sauropod fossils to gape at, as well as tonnes of other animals and birds. Upstairs is a heritage gallery that includes some of the specimens that were displayed at the old Raffles Museum. This museum is best for older kids, but younger ones have been known to enjoy it too!

When: Ongoing exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm, last admission at 4:30pm (Tuesdays – Sundays), Closed on Mondays
Admission: Singapore Resident Rate: $17 (adults); $9 (children); Standard Rates: $24 (adults); $15 (children)
Exhibition Location: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377 

12. SINGAPO人: Discover Chinese Singaporean Culture (FREE!)

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Head to the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and discover local Chinese culture through engaging exhibitions and performances at this museum for kids in Singapore! Learn about the Zhongyuan Festival and more, at this SINGAPO人 exhibition which highlights Chinese Singaporean culture from food to music, as well as language and festivals. Learn how Chinese culture in Singapore has evolved in a way quite unlike other communities around the world, and discover what it means to be a ‘Chinese Singapo人’ today.

When: Permanent Exhibition
Opening Hours: 2pm – 8pm (Mondays), 10am – 8pm (Tuesdays – Sundays)
Admission: Free!
Exhibition Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore, 018906

13. Keppel Centre for Art Education Exhibition (FREE!)

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National Gallery Singapore is home to the largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art in the region. Within the National Gallery, the Keppel Centre for Art Education is a special exhibition space for kids, where they can let their creativity run loose. They offer immersive digital and physical art experiences, where kids can paint with a digital paintbrush and experiment with shapes and colours to create art that will be projected onto the wall. Kids will get to try their hand at 3D art and join drop-in workshops to unleash their creativity! Click here to see upcoming workshops.

When: Permanent Exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 7pm
Admission: Free!
Exhibition Location: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

14. The News Gallery: Beyond Headlines Exhibition (FREE!)

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Read between the lines and develop information and media literacy skills at the National Library’s latest permanent exhibition, The News Gallery: Beyond Headlines. Divided into five zones, the exhibition, which features original copies of Singapore’s earliest newspapers and a fun, fake news-busting game for the whole family, encourages library patrons to consider the perspectives and influences that lie behind news stories. Drawing from the National Library Board’s rich collection of over 120 Singapore newspaper titles published since the 1820s, The News Gallery’s interactive exhibits will be refreshed from time to time.

When: Permanent Exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm
Admission: Free!
Exhibition Location: National Library Building, Level 11, Promenade, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064

15. E-mmersive Experiential Environments

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Ready for a fun and unique 3D experience? E-mmersive Experiential Environments at the Science Centre is an immersive exhibition that uses technology to create an experience unlike any other. With a 360 Wall Projection that uses projection mapping, you will get to interact with the natural world in a new way. Watch as the projections change from day to night and sunny to rainy as the landscape changes and play with the projected fishes on the walls when they appear. If your kiddo loves airplanes, they can have the opportunity to ‘fly’ their own plane here too! The Fly Your Dream with Flight Crafter game within this exhibition uses virtual reality to teach kids more about aviation and planes.

When: Permanent Exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Tuesdays – Sundays) and 2pm – 5pm (Fly Your Dream simulator), closed on Mondays
Admission: Included in Science Centre entry, FREE off-peak for residents, peak times: $4/8 child, $6/12 adult
Exhibition Location: Science Centre Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377

*Note that the ‘Soar High on Birdly’ experience will be closed until further notice.

16. More Science Centre Singapore exhibitions

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Future Makers Exhibitions: The Science Centre’s permanent exhibition, Future Makers, celebrates the valuable contribution that engineers have made to shape our lives. It explores day-to-day innovations as well as complex engineering marvels that have shaped and changed lives. Aimed at young adults, guests visiting Future Makers can catch a glimpse of the modern engineering world, get hands-on with the interactive exhibits and problem-solve their way through an escape room. Do note that Ginger Lily is closed for maintenance until further notice.

Phobia: The Science of Fear Exhibition: This exhibit at the Science Centre explores different phobias from the fear of being buried alive to monsters under the bed – it can be a little scary for smaller kids so best to go with tweens or older kids who can take a fright or two!

Know Your Poo Exhibition: The Science Centre’s Know Your Poo is a seriously fun exhibition that touches on the topics of human waste, toilets and sanitation. As you wind your way through the exhibition, you will discover how and why we need to poo. You also learn about the history and evolution of sanitation and toilets. The exhibition also highlights the urgent issue of the global divide. It then shows how engineering solutions might answer some of these challenges. Know Your Poo serves as a reminder that we all need to pay attention to the importance of providing good sanitation and practising good habits in order to safeguard our health and be a better society.

When: Permanent Exhibitions
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Tuesdays – Sundays), Closed on Mondays
Admission: Science Centre entry price: FREE off-peak for residents, peak times: $8 per child (aged 3 – 12 years old), $12 per adult
Exhibition Location: Science Centre Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377

17. Peranakan Museum (FREE!)

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Peranakan Museum features brand-new permanent galleries that present exceptional objects from Peranakan material culture. Look forward to new thematic showcases, objects, interactive displays and programmes featuring the stories of Arab Peranakans, Chinese Peranakans, Chitty Melakans (or Peranakan Indians), and Jawi Peranakans. Visitors will experience nine galleries across three floors.

When: ongoing permanent exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm daily (Fridays, 10am – 9pm)
Admission: Free for SG citizens & PRs; $12 per adult for tourists & foreigners and $8 per child, student and senior
Exhibition Location: Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

18. Through the Lens of Time Exhibit (FREE!)

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A modern-day ‘edutainment’ centre that showcases the past, present and future of Singapore, the Singapore Discovery Centre is a hands-on, minds-on experience ideal for older kiddos. Learn about life in Singapore from colonial times through wars and Japanese rule right up to newer discoveries and achievements at the Through the Lens of Time permanent gallery. This interactive gallery brings families on a journey through the historical moments in Singapore as different perspectives are brought to life. Other highlights include the Black Laser Tag battlefield for immersive laser tag with the kids, the Crossfire Paintball space, iWerks Theatre for all the latest movie screenings, and the Black Lake facility, where the fam can participate in a multi-sensorial escape experience with 13 different rooms and 4 story chapters.

When: Permanent exhibition
Opening Hours: 12pm – 6pm (Weekdays, last entry at 5:30pm), 11am to 7pm (Weekends, last entry at 6:30pm)
Admission: Free Admission for Singaporeans and PRs, $10 (adults), $8 (children aged 3 – 12)
Exhibition Location: Singapore Discovery Centre, 510 Upper Jurong Rd, Singapore 638365

19. Singapore City Gallery URA Exhibit (FREE!)

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The Singapore City Gallery showcases Singapore’s dramatic transformation over the past 50 years, through 40 interactive and immersive exhibits that detail the planning challenges and the innovative solutions that tackle them. Kids will love getting a bird’s eye view of large-scale architectural models – can they find their condo or home?

When: Ongoing exhibition
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mondays – Saturdays), Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Admission: Free!
Exhibition Location: The URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069118

20. Trick Eye Museum Exhibits

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Trick Eye Museum is where you’ll have a blast taking lots of pictures that trick your eyes! Trick Eye Museum is all about optical illusions – there are six themed zones to explore. We love that you won’t find “do not touch” signs such as in the museum – visitors can freely touch and interact with all the displayed exhibits!

Ongoing exhibition
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (last admission at 6pm)
Admission: $32 (adults); $28 (children aged 4 – 12 years old)
Exhibition Location: Trick Eye Museum, 80 Siloso Road, Southside Block B, #01-04, Singapore 098969

21. Madame Tussauds Exhibits

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Madame Tussauds is where kids can explore life-size wax exhibits and multi-media displays at the Images of Singapore Museum on Sentosa. Designed to immerse families in our little red dot’s culture and history, kids can watch the multi-screen theatre presentations (and maybe even learn a thing or two). Bring the camera along, too, and get ready to take pictures with the wax exhibitions.

When: Ongoing exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Daily, booking is required to enter the museum);  12pm – 6pm, last entry at 5pm (from 23 March 2024 onwards)
Admission: Full experience tickets include Images of Singapore LIVE, Spirit of Singapore boat ride, Marvel Universe 4D Experience, Ultimate Film Star Experience and Madame Tussauds Singapore. Adult $44, Children (3 – 12 years) $32 when you book online!
Exhibition Location: Madame Tussauds, Sentosa, 40 Imbiah Road, Singapore 099700

22. Singapore Navy Museum (FREE!)

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Have a kid who loves all things naval vessels? The Singapore Navy Museum near Changi Naval Base has now reopened and is a great place to learn more about the Singapore Navy. You can take a closer look at the components from early warships and guns, displays of model submarines and even ships of the RSN in a water tank. Don’t miss the outdoor viewing deck on the second level that provides a wide view of the museum’s outdoor exhibits of old guns and weapon systems from decommissioned ships such as the County-class Landing Ship Tank, Patrol Vessel B-class and Missile Gunboat. There are also models of missiles, torpedoes and guns that are currently in service. Free entry! Plus, there’s a free shuttle bus service from Expo MRT to the museum on weekends from 10am to 1pm.

When: Ongoing
Opening Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12pm – 5pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 3pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs; $8 per adult and $5 per child for tourists and residents; $24 for a family package (family of 5). Click here to purchase tickets.
Exhibition Location:
112 Tanah Merah Coast Road, Singapore 498794

23. Permanent Exhibitions at The Gem Museum (FREE!)

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Visit Singapore’s first and most comprehensive private gemmology museum, where you will get the chance to see a wide variety of gemstones, rocks and minerals. Discover the process of how these gems are formed, beginning with the formation of the rocks to the extraction of the gems. Admission is free so be sure to head down for a learning journey on the transformation of gemstones and explore the history behind these gemstones that have been collected from around the world.

When: Permanent Exhibition
Opening Hours: 12pm – 5pm (Tuesday – Friday), 11am – 3pm (Saturday); Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Admission: Free! Register your time slot here.
Exhibition Location: The Gem Museum, 9 Perak Road, Singapore 208130

24. Indians in Singapore – Past & Present Exhibition (FREE!)

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The Indian Heritage Centre houses five permanent galleries with different exhibitions, a museum shop as well as programming and activity spaces. Indians in Singapore is a permanent exhibition at this museum for kids. The exhibit displays artefacts and interactive displays that tell the history of interactions between South and Southeast Asia. The exhibition depicts the experiences of the Indian community in both Singapore and Malaya during the colonial period and highlights the contributions of the Indian and South Asian communities to Singapore’s nation-building efforts.

When: Permanent Exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Tuesdays – Sundays), Closed on Mondays
Admission: Free for Singaporeans, PRs and kids under 6; $8 (standard adult); $5 (kids); free admission for kids under 6 years old.
Exhibition Location: Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924

25. XM Studios: Exhibit of Art Collectables (FREE!)

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If you have a DC fan at home, take them to XM Studios to check out the region’s most extensive collection of collectible statues! The store exhibits art collectables with sections set aside for the various comics universes – DC, Marvel, Transformers, Japanese stalwarts Ultraman and Godzilla, plus Star Wars too.

When: Permanent exhibition
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Tuesday to Sunday), closed on Monday
Admission: Free!
Exhibition Location: XM Store, 809 French Road, Kitchener Complex, Level 3, Singapore 200809

26. Changi Experience Studio

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While this isn’t a free exhibition, Changi Experience Studio is certainly a fun, interactive experience that will entertain the whole family for an hour or so. Hop on a stationary bike and join the virtual race to re-live the epic runway race between an airplane and a Ferrari. Go behind the scenes to discover the rich history of Changi Airport, engage in some friendly competition at interactive digital game stations and virtually play your favourite instrument to join the musical symphony at the Garden of Harmony.

When: Permanent exhibition
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (weekdays), 10am – 8pm (weekends & PH), last admission at 7pm
Admission: $25 per adult & $17 per child. Click here to purchase tickets.
Exhibition location: Changi Experience Studio, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666

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27. Sustainable Singapore Gallery (FREE!)

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Sustainable Singapore Gallery is a free museum all about sustainability. It’s an interactive gallery that allows you to discover different aspects of Singapore’s journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle and culture. Learn about how climate change impacts our densely populated city-state and find out the simple steps that you and the kids can take today to help combat climate change at home. Regain a sense of appreciation for the precious, clean water that is widely available throughout Singapore and peek behind the scenes at where our clean water comes from.

When: Permanent exhibition
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 6pm (except Tuesdays)
Admission: Free!
Exhibition location: Sustainable Singapore Gallery, Level 2, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951

28. Singapore Civil Defence Heritage Gallery (FREE!)

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Does your kiddo love firetrucks? Head over to the Singapore Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, where you can marvel at firetrucks, meet firefighters and learn all about how these everyday heroes work tirelessly to protect. Older kids will be intrigued by the latest firefighting and rescue technology that empowers them to carry out rescue operations. Selected Fire Stations host open houses on Saturday mornings over two time slots – 9am to 9:50am or 10am to 10:50am. Both time slots are guided tours. To visit the Emergency Preparedness Centre or the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, be sure to submit your request online here. Tots will love this experience, where they can learn about the cool Emergency Vehicles and their capabilities, watch a demo on donning the full firefighting protective gear, and see how the equipment is used (nothing beats seeing those massive sprays in person!).

When: Permanent exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Admission: Free!
Exhibition location: Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, 62 Hill Street, Singapore 179367

29. Singapore Maritime Gallery (FREE!)

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Most of us don’t think about the important role that the maritime industry has in our daily lives. Take the kids down to the Singapore Maritime Gallery, where you can learn about Singapore’s rich maritime heritage and discover how Singapore remains a vital global hub port. At the PlayPort, younger kids can play with magnetic shapes on the wall to create their own ship, while older kids can head to Cargo Dash to play virtual games and race against time to move containers to the correct spot.

When: Permanent exhibition
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm daily (except Mondays and PHs)
Where: Singapore Maritime Gallery, Marina South Pier, Level 2, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore, 018988
How much: Free!

30. Time Capsule & Singapore Flyer

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Everyone knows the iconic Singapore Flyer, but not many know there’s a super cool Time Capsule experience that takes you on an interactive journey to reminisce on Singapore’s past, present and future. Watch the kids light up as the time travel robot R65 takes you back to Singapore’s humble origins and reminds you of how far we’ve come as a nation. This experience comes in a bundle package with the Singapore Flyer so you can end the journey in awe of Singapore’s stunning skyline.

When: Permanent exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm, daily including PH
Where: Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
How much: $40 per adult and $25 per child (3 – 12 years old; kids under 3 enter for free). Click here to purchase tickets.

31. Plastic: Remaking Our World

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Plastic is in so many products that we use on a daily basis from packaging to footwear, furniture, household goods and more. However, it has also negatively impacted our environment and lost its utopian appeal. Plastic: Remaking Our World is an exhibition that depicts the history and future of this widely used material and features over 300 objects, posters, film and photographs from Vitra Design Museum and shines a light on the use of plastic and sustainability in Singapore.

When: Permanent exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission: $5 for Singaporeans and PRs (adults). Click here to purchase tickets.
Exhibition location: National Museum Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

32. Story of the Forest Exhibition (FREE!)

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An interactive digital art installation by teamLab, Story of the Forest transforms 69 drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings into three-dimensional animations. These artworks display the country’s colonial past, various histories and more.

When: Permanent Exhibition
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (last admission is 6:15pm); temporary closure on 28 March 2024, 3:30pm – 7pm
Admission: Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below; $5 for an all-access pass for tourists & foreign residents (Singapore History Gallery, Story of the Forest & Plastic: Remaking Our World), free entry for kids
Exhibition Location: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

33. Upcoming Exhibition: Goddess

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Image Credit: ArtScience Museum

Celebrate the collective power of women in film across history and be inspired by their stories of how they have overcome challenges to find their place in the film industry. Journey through the evolution of how women’s representation have changed on screen and continue to take the world by storm. Little girls might just be empowered to conquer their challenges of today and stand strong in their identity as a woman, thanks to how these celebrities have paved the way for women all over the world and given them a voice. More info here.

When: April – August 2024
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 7pm
Admission: Included in the ArtScience Museum tickets (from $25 per adult and $20 per child)
Exhibition Location: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

34. Upcoming Exhibition: When a Prince Takes Flight

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Image credit: Alliance Française de Singapour

Embark on a journey as ‘When a Prince Takes Flight’ commemorates the 80th Anniversary of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s disappearance, the visionary behind the beloved classic ‘The Little Prince.’ Explore the captivating life and enduring legacy of this remarkable author through enchanting displays featuring paper planes, ink-stained pages, and more. More info here.

When: 3 May – 31 July 2024
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7:30pm, Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm (closed on Sunday – Monday)
Admission: Free
Exhibition Location: Alliance Française de Singapour, 1 Sarkies Rd, Singapore 258130

35. Upcoming exhibition: Frida Forever @ ArtScience Museum

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Image credit: ArtScience Museum

Prepare to be captivated by the legacy of the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition, Frida Forever! Delve into the fascinating world of this cultural icon as the exhibition unveils her life story, artistic journey, and the profound influences that shaped her unique perspective. Featuring two immersive exhibitions, visitors can immerse themselves through historical photographs, original films, digital art, interactive installations, and 360-degree projections. There will also be a lineup of programmes where visitors can dive deeper into her cultural impact across art, fashion, pop culture, feminism, and more.

Read more: ArtScience Museum in Singapore: Future World Family Guide

When: 4 May – 1 Sep
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 7pm (Last entry at 6pm)
Admission: from $19 (ticket sales start 17 April)
Exhibition Location: ArtScience Museum Singapore, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

36. Upcoming Exhibition: The World of Studio Ghibli

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Image Credit: Studio Ghibli via ArtScience Museum

If you’re a Ghibli fan, you don’t want to miss this. Mark your calendars because the ArtScience Museum will be showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most well-loved studios in the world – the Ghibli animation studios. Get ready for large-scale interactive theatrical sets featuring iconic scenes from Ghibli films across its history and immerse yourselves in Ghibli’s popular films like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. More info here.

When: October 2024 – February 2025
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 7pm
Admission: Included in the ArtScience Museum tickets (from $25 per adult and $20 per child)
Exhibition Location: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

Museums and Gallery Exhibitions that have since closed:

  • Gallery Children’s Biennale at National Gallery Singapore (closed for now but will reopen with a new theme) 
  • Malay Heritage Centre (closed for a revamp, reopening 2025)
  • The Singapore Ant Museum Exhibition (permanently closed)
  • Immersive Disney Animation Exhibition (permanently closed) 
  • LKY 100th Anniversary Exhibition (permanently closed)
  • Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel at National Museum Singapore (permanently closed) 
  • Butterflies Up-Close Exhibition at Singapore Science Centre (permanently closed) 

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Lead Image Credit: Singapore City Gallery (top left), Madame Tussauds Exhibits (top right), Cherilyn Gan (bottom left), teamLab (bottom right)

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