Enter a world of wonder at the National Heritage Board’s new Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG), a museum dedicated to children who are 12 years old and below.
*Updated 11 Dec 2022: Added photos from the museum
Venue: Coleman St, 23-B, Singapore 179807
Opening Hours: Tue - Sun, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm
Admission: Free until 31 Mar 2023
Children can take a voyage back in time to olden day Singapore, discover the wonders of nature, explore how our local communities celebrate birthdays and more, when the Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG) opens its doors from 10 Dec 2022.
A ‘Starter Museum’ For Young Visitors
CMSG will be Singapore’s first dedicated children’s museum, which will serve as a ‘starter museum’ to introduce young visitors and their families to the museum-going experience, and to cultivate a love for museums and lifelong learning.
The new museum would also tap on SPM’s twenty-five years of experience as a family-friendly museum in engaging children through immersive environments, interactive programming, exciting themes and unique objects - and therefore enabling them to have a deeper and richer learning experience.
By inviting children to get hands-on with interactives, stories and everyday objects, the museum is full of enriching opportunities to learn about Singapore’s heritage and culture, and spark discovery about themselves and the world around them. It features a permanent exhibition that spans four galleries on the ground floor and three special galleries on the second level that will be refreshed regularly. Each gallery is designed to stimulate the senses, evoke curiosity and motivate learning.
Permanent Gallery - A Voyage Through Time
The journey unfolds with the introduction of WonderBot, CMSG’s mascot from the future who helps to ‘teleport’ visitors through different time periods in Singapore, and the adventurous sea-faring Captain, a virtual companion who will assign tasks for visitors through this experiential voyage through time.
Children making their way through the four galleries – Hidden Chamber, Ahoy Singapore!, The Marketplace and My Neighbourhood – will meet with multimedia interactives, artefacts from the National Collection, and more to deepen their insight into Singapore’s early history as a port city, to become a modern-day metropolis.
Kids will be trying to complete the Captain’s tasks such as tying a reef knot, or activating a water pump. Designed to evoke the senses, children will also catch a whiff of aromatic spices on board the Captain’s ship, or figure out what is causing the musty smell in the ship’s cargo hold. Woven into the exhibits are also the stories of Singapore’s early migrants and settlers who persevered through difficulties and overcame hardships to build Singapore, imparting to children the value of resilience and unity to forge a new nation.
The final gallery, which catapults visitors into a present-day setting, pays tribute to the Singapore Philatelic Museum with a recreation of a post office. Here, children are introduced to a modern neighbourhood with the post office taking centre stage. They can enjoy displays of stamps, or even design their own and watch it come “alive” in a stamp parade!
On the 2nd level, kids will continue their adventure into three special galleries – Imagine a Garden, featuring life-like paper sculptures of birds and flowers by Colombian artist Diana Beltrán Herrera; Happy Birthday!, which explores various cultural birthday practices in Singapore and values associated with familial love and gift-giving; and Play Pod, a safe space for toddlers ages two to four to learn more about fruits and vegetables through active play.
Logo & Tagline
Photo Credits: Children’s Museum Singapore
The museum’s new logo and tagline ‘Start with Wonder’ aims to convey the moment of joy and discovery when children visit the museum. Children have a natural sense of wonder about the world around them.
As Singapore’s first dedicated children’s museum, CMSG endeavours to sustain and nurture this sense of curiosity to explore, experiment, and encourage learning about heritage and culture through play.
The museum strives to offer hands-on opportunities through exploratory and multi-sensory exhibitions so as to provide a conducive environment for informal learning, as well as to serve as testbed to spearhead engagement strategies and educational approaches for younger children.
Admission and Opening Hours
The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday (closed on Monday), from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. It is closed from 1pm to 2pm for cleaning daily.
Free entry for all from 13 December 2022 onwards until 31 March 2023. Visitors are encouraged to book their tickets and timeslots online - limited tickets are available onsite each day.
NOTE: The museum only allows entry for adults who are accompanying children. If you do not have a child with you, you will be refused entry.