Arts, Culture and Heritage

Who says Singapore is cultural desert? Culture and history buffs are in for a treat as they can spend time engaged with the displays in Singapore’s various museums and heritage sites. Our main museums are conveniently located in the downtown civic district and within walking distance of each other.

Learn more about Singapore’s history, Asian cultural heritage, and modern and contemporary art from Southeast East at the National History Museum, the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Singapore Art Museum respectively.

Housed in splendidly restored colonial buildings, these museums will educate and entertain one and all. And if you have an appetite for more cutting-edge exhibitions, do swing by the iconic lotus flower-looking ArtScience Museum which is poised to be a major venue for important international touring exhibitions. For the best range of concerts, dance, music and theatre performances, do not miss The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, for evenings of exquisite shows by talented artists from around the world.

And to learn more about the multicultural make up of Singapore and where the three main ethnic communities (Malay, Indian and Chinese) historically settled and flourished, go on heritage trails in Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam to capture the vibrancy of community life amidst old temples and mosques as well as the interesting array of shops and stalls.

Getting There:

National Museum of Singapore

Address: 93 Stamford Road
Singapore History Gallery: 10am – 6pm
Singapore Living Gallery: 10am – 8pm
Transport: DhobyGhaut (NE6/NS24/CC1) & City Hall (EW13/NS25) Stations

Asian Civilisation Museum

Address:  1 Empress Place
Monday: 1pm – 7pm
Tues – Sun: 9am – 7pm (to 9pm on Fri)
Transport: Raffles Place Station (NS26/EW14)

Singapore Art Museum

Address: 71 Bras Basah Road
Mon – Sun: 10am – 7pm
Fri: 10am – 9pm
Transport: Bras Basah Station (CC2)

ArtScience Museum

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave
Hours: 10 am – 10 pm, incl Public Holdiay
Transport: Bayfront Station (CE1)

The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Address:  1 Esplanade Drive
Hours: 11am to 9pm
Transport: Explanade Station (CC3)

Little India

Address: Main thoroughfare is Serangoon Road
Hours: 7 am till late
Transport: Little India Station (NE7)


Address: Main thoroughfares are New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street.
Hours: 7 am till late
Transport: Chinatown Station (NE4)

Kampong Glam

Address: Main thoroughfares are North Bridge Road, Arab Street, Bussorah Street
Hours : 7 am till late
Transport: Bugis Station (EW12) or Buses 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 63, 80, 107, 133, 145, 175 or 197.