What to see?
For those interested in history and culture there are many sightseeing options.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay complex is certainly the shining star among Singapore's arts and entertainment scene. Located on the waterfront overlooking Marina Bay, the Esplanade's distinct dome roofs house a 1,600-seat concert hall, 1,942-seat theater, recital rooms, rehearsal studios and several outdoor performance spaces.
Singapore Repertory Theatre
Striving to give its audience a taste of Broadway and Singapore culture, the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) is one of Asia's leading English-language theaters. Attracting popular directors, award-winning technicians and costume designers, and international stars including Lea Salonga and Ming-Na Wen, the SRT makes its home in the DBS Arts Centre. Guests to the 380-seat venue can see original works as well as a number of Western classics, which in the past have included The Glass Menagerie, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet and Little Shop of Horrors.
Asian Civilisations Museum
The museum has more than 1,300 pieces from civilisations in China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia and the Middle East.
Images of Singapore
Located on Sentosa Island, the award-winning historical museum, Images of Singapore has been recognized for outstanding achievement in Reinvention of a Cultural Heritage Centre by the Themed Entertainment Association Award. Travelling through Singapore's history, guests can explore a number of exhibitions that detail key periods of the nation's past, including colonial Singapore and Japanese occupation.
MINT Museum of Toys (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys)
The five-story MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys is sure to delight children and adults alike with its stunning collection of over 50,000 toys. This S$5 million assortment invites guests to take a trip down memory lane with vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces from the mid-19th through mid-20th century.
National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore aims to redefine the conventional museum experience in its cutting edge presentation of the region's history. The original structure features a stunning rotunda with 50 stained glass pieces; architectural additions include a 16-meter-high glass rotunda that serves as the entryway. The newly added Glass Passage is one of the world's largest outdoor self-supporting glass structures. At four stories high, the box-like corridor connects the old and new museum facilities and offers unobstructed views of the historic dome in its entirety.
Opened in 2008, the Peranakan Museum details the themes of Peranakan life in 10 galleries. Referring to the communities of "locally born" people in Southeast Asia, Peranakan culture includes the Peranakan Chinese, Chitty Melaka and Jawi Peranakans.
Singapore Art Museum
Housed in a stunning restored 19th century mission school, the Singapore Art Museum has the largest public collection of modern Southeast Asian art. Its 18 exhibit galleries contain over 7,000 contemporary regional works, as well as 1,000 pieces from international
Science Centre Singapore
The Science Centre presents visitors with over 850 exhibits in its various galleries – plenty to fill an entire day, or two, with educational fun. The Genome Exhibit invites visitors to walk into the human body and take a virtual tour of a human cell, while the Climate Change Exhibit explores topics such as the impact of the weather changes on agriculture and health. Other exhibits include Water Works, The Mind's Eye, Web of Life and Kinetic Garden.