National Monuments of Singapore

National Monuments of Singapore
Singapore is a land of contrasts as both a city and a country, a modern metropolis with traditional Asian values, and shining new and serenely old. Growing out of a British East India Trading Company port established in 1819, Singapore hosts many old buildings. Many of the old churches, mosques, shrines, temples and government buildings have been declared national monuments and can be visited by tourists in their original purpose or as museums. Lucky for tourists, Singapore is compact, and most of the major national monuments of Singapore can be visited within a couple of days.

National Museum of Singapore

Built by Sir H.E McCallum in 1887, the building originally housed the Raffles Library and Museum, which was known for its Southeast Asian natural history collection. After Singapore's independence, the museum separated from the library and in the early 2000s underwent a three-year renovation. Today the museum houses 11 national treasures and is known for its innovative presentation of Singapore's history and culture.

National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road
Singapore 178897
+65 6332 3659

Asian Civilizations Musesum

Built in the mid-1800s, the Government Offices building housed the colonial government of Singapore and later the Citizen's Registry, Immigration Department and Registry of Births, and Deaths and Marriages departments of independent Singapore. Today the building is home to a museum demonstrating the history and cultures of pan-Asian civilizations, ranging from China to Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.

Asian Civilizations Museum
1 Empress Place
Singapore 179555
+65 6332 2982

Singapore Art Museum

Established in 1855 by Father Jean-Marie Beurel as St Joseph's Institution, a school for Catholic boys, this mission school building now houses the Singapore Art Museum. Also known as SAM, the museum hosts the world's largest public collection of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian artworks in 18 climate-controlled galleries. The museum also hosts an auditorium, a multi-purpose hall, a gift shop, a café and two restaurants.

Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189555
+65 6332 3222


Established in 1854 by four nuns from France as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, today the chapel and outbuildings are known as Chijmes. The area hosts a wide array of restaurants, cafes, wine bars and nightspots tucked amid gardens and courtyards where theater performances are held.

30 Victoria St.
Singapore 187996
+65 6337 7810

Article Written By Carrie Simmons

Carrie Simmons has been writing in the travel industry for more than 10 years. She is the creator, producer and primary writer of Travel With Kids, an award-winning family travel documentary series. Her articles have also appeared in “USA Travel Magazine,” “Yuma Daily Sun” and “Travel Savvy Mom.”

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