Did you know we have a Maritime Museum?

In addition to our public libraries, museums, heritage centres, monuments, and parks (also don’t forget the myriad of events in the Frugal Week Planner), there are other lesser-known places where you and your family can experience Singapore like a tourist, bond and make memories, and gain a deeper appreciation for our nation’s history, national institutions, and civic and urban visions for the future. The best part is that all these places are free for Singaporeans and PRs.

Many of these places have tour guides, or are interactive. Some are more suited for kids. Many of the places I visited taught me a great deal about the inner workings of our nation.

And since 1 Oct, a new site has just been added to the list – now you get a free tour of the Incineration Plants and Semakau Landfill (inclusive of a free ferry ride).

Public Galleries & Tours

PlaceHoursAdditional Info
Air Force Museum
400 Airport Road
Singapore 534234
Tuesday - Sunday 8.30am - 5pm
Army Museum of Singapore
520 Upper Jurong Road
Singapore 638367
Tuesday - Sunday
10am - 6pm
Guided tours available
The Cathay Gallery
The Cathay, #02-16
2 Handy Rd
Singapore 229233
Monday - Saturday
11am – 7pm
Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
62 Hill Street
Singapore 179367
Tuesday - Sunday
10am - 5pm
Guided tours available
ENVision Gallery
Environment Building
40 Scotts Road, Level 3
Singapore 228231
Monday - Friday
9am –6pm
The Fullerton Heritage Tours & Gallery
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Thursday - Monday
Various slots available - see website
Online booking available
Gillman Barracks
9 Lock Road
Singapore 108937
Tuesday - Sunday
Various times, depending on the specific gallery
Tours available by Friends of the Museums
Harmony in Diversity Gallery
Ministry of National Development Building
Annexe B, #04-05/06
7 Maxwell Road
Singapore 069111
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
Guided tours available
Housing Development Board Gallery
HDB Hub, Basement 1
480 Toa Payoh Lorong 6
Singapore 310480
Monday - Saturday
8.30am - 5pm
6 interactive zones
Esplanade Xchange, #B1-10/18
90 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189562
10am - 8pm
IRAS Gallery
Revenue House
55 Newton Road
Singapore 307987
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
8am - 1pm
Guided tours available
Istana Heritage Gallery
Istana Park
35 Orchard Road
Singapore 238902
Thursday - Tuesday
10am - 6pm
NEW. Just opened 8 Oct, 2016
Katong Antique House
208 East Coast Road
Singapore 428907
11am - 4.30pm
Tours available for a fee
The Kindness Gallery
Stamford Court, #01-08
61 Stamford Court
Singapore 178892
Monday - Friday
10am - 5pm
NEW. Just re-opened 20 Jan 2017.
Land Transport Gallery
1 Hampshire Road
Singapore 219428
Monday - Saturday
9am - 5pm
Guided tours available
Marina Barrage
8 Marina Gardens Drive
Singapore 018951
Public areas open 24:7;
Gallery open Wednesday - Monday
9am - 9pm
Must-see: Sustainable Singapore Gallery
Memories at Old Ford Factory
351 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 588192
Currently closed for renovationsCurrently closed for renovations
National Design Centre
111 Middle Road
Singapore 188969
9am - 9pm
Must-see: Fifty Years of Singapore Design
NEWater Visitor Centre
20 Koh Sek Lim Road
Singapore 486593
Tuesday - Sunday
9am - 5.30pm
Online booking available
Parliament House
1 Parliament Place
Singapore 178880

Wednesday - Monday
9.30am - 5.30pm
Online booking available. Electronic devices such as handphones are not allowed. Please bring two 20-cent coins to put items in a locker. Proceedings of Parliament are also open to the public.
Reflections at Bukit Chandu
31-K Pepys Road
Singapore 118458
Tuesday - Sunday
9am - 5.30pm
Semakau Landfill Tour
Pulau Semakau
Monday - Friday
1.45pm - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday
8.45am - 12pm
Only open to educational institutions, community groups and companies. Includes ferry ride and guided tour. Online booking available.
Singapore City Gallery
The URA Centre
45 Maxwell Road
Singapore 069118
Monday - Saturday
9am - 5pm
Singapore Discovery Centre
510 Upper Jurong Road
Singapore 638365
Tuesday - Sunday
9am - 6pm
Includes admission to a special movie screening and a SAFTI Bus Tour
Singapore Maritime Gallery
Marina South Pier
31 Marina Coastal Drive
Singapore 018988
Tuesday - Sunday
9am - 5.30pm
Singapore Science Centre
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081
10am - 6pm
Admission on off-peak days (weekdays during school term) is free.
Singapore Tourism Board Gallery
1 Orchard Spring Lane
Singapore 247729
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
One of the 5 official merlions resides here.
Tuas Incineration Plant
20 Tuas Ave 20
Singapore 638831
Monday - Friday
9.30am - 4pm
Only open to educational institutions, community groups and companies. Online booking available.

This list is not comprehensive, as it does not include privately-owned galleries or exhibits. If there is anything that I’m missing, please let me know by commenting below or contacting me through this blog.

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