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Singapore Holidays: Unusual Museums Near Beach Road

Fancy exploring weird, strange and quirky cultural attractions in Singapore? You are in for a treat!

Singapore may be small in size (ranked as the 20th smallest country in the world), but big in unique experiences. Packed in this tiny city-state is something for everyone—from thrillseekers looking to set their adrenaline pumping to night owls seeking after-dark activities.?

Known as the little red dot, Singapore has invested in world-class cultural destinations like the Esplanade Performing Arts Centre and the National Gallery. However, to meet the tastes of variety-seeking locals and intrepid travellers, a new breed of quaint and eclectic museums have arisen. These cultural attractions exude their own unique charm and?must-visit places for jaded travellers.

Visiting Singapore or going on a staycation around Beach Road? Check out these alternative and unusual museums near your location.

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Be a Kid Again at the MINT Museum of Toys

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Address 26 Seah St, Singapore 188382? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??
Phone Number
+65 6339 6650
Opening Hours
9am to 6:30pm daily

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Relive your childhood with a collection of more than 50,000 toys from yesteryears. Those interested in how toys work can explore toy-making traditions in different countries—from Japan, China, the United States, Germany and more.?

Although the MINT Museum of Toys has MINT in its title, the toys on display are not new, but collected from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th centuries. (MINT actually stands for Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys.)?

The museum’s collection of vintage toys is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, lovingly curated from over 40 countries, including Singapore, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. Notable pieces include an extensive Godzilla collection and vintage Astro Boy toys.

Avid toy collectors would find this place a paradise, while pop-culture fans would delight in the abundance of pop culture?references found among the toys here.?

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Gain Insights into Local Culture at the Malay Heritage Centre

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Address 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??
Phone Number
+65 6391 0450
Opening Hours
10am to 6pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), Closed on Monday

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Do you know that Malays—the indigeneous people in Singapore—have a wide variety of diversity in terms of their origins, language, culture and traditions? Numerous variants of their language and culinary preferences can be found across the South-East Asian peninsula and archipelago.

Learn the rich heritage of Singapore’s Malay community at the once royal seat of Malay Sultans in Singapore—the Malay Heritage Centre. The centre sits in the Istana Kampong Glam, which was built in 1840 and beautifully restored to its former glory.?

Explore the richness and diversity of Malay culture at the centre—browse historic artefacts, interactive displays and colourful exhibits from the national collection as well as contributions from the Malay community. From handmade toys that children used to play, age-old fishing boats, to traditional Malay costumes, visitors will walk away with an in-depth insight into the Malay culture.

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Peek into Singapore’s Maritime History at Singapore Maritime Gallery

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Address 31 Marina Coastal Dr, Level 2, Singapore 018988? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Phone Number
+65 6325 5707
Opening Hours
9am to 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday), Closed on Monday

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Did you know that Singapore has the world’s largest transhipment port and the fourth busiest container port??

Uncover the island’s fascinating maritime heritage at its? own Maritime Gallery. Visitors will be taken back to Singapore’s maritime beginnings and learn how she transformed from a South-East Asian trading post into one of the world’s leading maritime centres.

Apart from displays, charts and maps, you can also get hands-on ship-faring experiences at the museum.?

One of the more exciting activities here is the ship bridge simulator. Here you can take the helm as the ship captain and try navigating different types of vessels through story-driven missions. Apart from visiting the museum, do step outside to soak in the breathtaking view of Singapore’s Marina area.?

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Explore the Quaint World of Cameras at the Vintage Cameras Museum

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Address 8D Jalan Kledek, Singapore 199263? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??
Phone Number
+65 6291 2278
Opening Hours
10:30am to 7:30pm daily

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Shutterbugs would delight in the quirky nostalgic collection at the Vintage Cameras Museum. The building itself is a bizarre sight—created to look like a camera, it forms the perfect backdrop for Instagrammable Singapore photos. The entrance to the building is even shaped like a camera lens.?

Once you enter the museum, you can get intimate with over 1,000 cameras on display—from a replica of the world’s biggest camera to the latest camera gadget—an 11-gram camera. You will also get to see unique cameras that few knew existed, such as a walking stick camera, pistol camera and pigeon cameras. James Bond, eat your heart out!

Apart from cameras, you can also browse the rare collection of photographs on display showcasing fascinating facts on photography. There is also a replica of the first-ever photograph taken.?

With camera-related installations every corner which you turn, the museum is a photo op all on its own—perfect for posing for photographs that are instant conversation starters.?

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Glimpse into Singapore’s Chinese Performing Arts at the Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery

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Address 28 Kreta Ayer Rd, Singapore 088995? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??
Opening Hours
12pm to 8pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), Closed on Monday and Public Holidays

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Dive into Singapore’s rich performing arts history at the Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery, nestled in the heart of Chinatown. The area the gallery is housed in used to be known for Chinese opera, nanyin music (a genre of music which originated as court music during the Han Dynasty in China), Chinese puppetry, Chinese painting and calligraphy, and tea drinking.

Learn all about these bygone activities and nostalgic art forms at the gallery, curated to match different time periods and artistic forms. Look out for the costumes used in traditional Cantonese opera—sadly, this heritage art form is fast fading in cosmopolitan Singapore.?

The gallery also introduces visitors to Chinatown's history and its evolution from the old days to contemporary times. There are also interactive components, allowing visitors to experience different traditional Chinese art forms. A puppetry stage lets visitors test their skills as puppeteers, while the multimedia section gives you the chance to play nanyin music. At the Chinese calligraphy station, try your hand at Chinese calligraphy using “invisible ink.”?

If you appreciate tea drinking, you can learn the rich history of Chinese tea, and appreciate how brewing and drinking tea evolved into a cultural art form. You can also grasp the nuances behind different varieties of Chinese tea and how they can be paired with varying types of cuisine.?

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