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If you were at a museum and no one was there to see it, were you really at the museum? While the culture and history are the essence of museums, the trip is not complete without a commemorative photo for the gram.

Aside from the popular choices such as National Gallery and ArtScience Museum, we have curated a list of the most Instagrammable museums in Singapore for your daily dose of art and culture, including a whimsical ice-cream themed museum and the newly revamped Singapore Art Museum.

1. National Museum of Singapore

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Expand your historical knowledge through the museum’s interesting narrative of Singapore’s past.

Their main gallery, Singapore History Gallery, and the permanent exhibits focus on Singapore’s history. Travel back to the 1600s when Singapore was founded and walk through through the passage of time to how Malaya was in the 20th century through artifacts and stories.

The building also remains as one of the city’s architectural icons and is a popular pre-wedding shoot location for wedding couples.

Where to take photos:
The colonial architecture renders the entire place Instagrammable at almost every corner. Some of the best shots can be taken at the main building.

Address: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Opening Hours: 10am- 7pm

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Not to be confused with National Museum, the National Gallery showcases modern Southeast Asian art and contains one of the largest public collection of modern art.

There are more than 800 artworks in the permanent galleries.

Beautifully restored from the former Supreme Court and City Hall, this monumental building reflects the unique heritage of our city inside and out. The permanent galleries include “Siapa Nama Kamu?” and “Between Declarations and Dreams”; both showcasing artworks that were produced since the 19th century.

Where to take photos:
The Padang Atrium, City Hall Foyer and Singapore Courtyard have different beautiful stairways for the perfect shot.

Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #01 – 01, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours:
Mon- Thu: 10am- 7pm
Fri – Sun: 10am- 10pm

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3. ArtScience Museum

Immerse in a world of high-tech digital art installations at “Future World: Where Art Meets Science”, the first permanent exhibition in ArtScience Museum. Combining art, science, technology and culture, this interactive gallery brings you onward an inspiring journey through these creative narratives – City in A Garden, Sanctuary, Park and Space.

In addition, several temporary galleries lie within this iconic cultural landmark, such as the upcoming Attack on Titan exhibition.

Where to take photos:
You can take the iconic shot just outside ArtScience Museum itself. However, we highly recommend the ‘Crystal Universe’ towards the end of the Future World gallery.

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Opening Hours: 10am- 7pm

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4. Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

Singapore Art Museum has transformed from the main building at former St Joseph’s Institution into a newly revamped space located at Tanjong Pagar Distripark that is newly opened on 14 Jan 2022.

The space is filled with contemporary art from Southeast Asia, while encompassing the wider Asian region like China, India, Korea and Japan, where you can explore and admire their permanent collections of art.

Some of the recent temporary galleries include “REFUSE”, “Creatif Compleks” and “Between the World and Us”.

Where to take photos:
If you are looking for minimalistic backdrops to complement your Instagram feed, the industrial aesthetics of Singapore Art Museum will work for you.

Address: 39 Keppel Rd, 01-02, Singapore 089065
Opening Hours: 10am- 7pm

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5. Haw Par Villa

“Hell has aircon now” they say.

After the upgrading works of Haw Par Villa in 2021, the Ten Courts of Hell is now renamed Hell’s Museum. Fully air-conditioned, with refurbished sculptures and enhanced light projections around the rest of the attraction, this iconic chamber depicts the afterlife.

Haw Par Villa is well-known for its graphic illustration of punishments and tortures on every committed sin (not for the faint-hearted).

Aside from hell, delve deep into Chinese folklore and mythology at this Asian cultural park as you uncover stories from ancient times.

Where to take photos:
You can shoot some photos at the main archway at the entrance of the park for the iconic look, or pose in front of a sky filled with dragons behind the Guanyin statue.

Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
Opening Hours: 9am- 10pm

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6. Asian Civilisation Museum

Known as one of the four main museums in Singapore, the Asian Civilisation Museum is home to the diverse artistic heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures.

Explore the hidden treasures found from the Tang Shipwreck in 1998, which is one of the most fascinating archeological discovery.

The museum also sheds light on the historical connections of the global trade between different countries through artifacts, as well as how new works of art are formed over time.

Where to take photos:
The building itself (formerly known as Empress Place Building), which is a Palladian style two-storey building with neoclassical features like French windows, provides a great backdrop for an outdoors photoshoot.

Address: 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555
Opening Hours:
Mon- Thu: 10am- 7pm
Friday: 10am- 9pm
Sat- Sun: 10am- 7pm

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7. Vintage Camera Museum

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Are you a photography enthusiast?

Catch a glimpse of over 1000 cameras ranging from the world’s largest camera, known as the mammoth camera, to a tiny technological gadget called the 11 gram camera.

The museum also includes a timeline of the technological evolution of cameras from the 19th century. Its camera displays include polaroid, panoramic, toy and spy cameras.

On top of that, uncover the authentic stories of rare photography collections in the gallery.

Where to take photos:
The gigantic camera at the main entrance is the best prop to get an iconic photo.

Address: 8C Jln Kledek, Singapore 199263
Opening Hours: 10:30am- 9:30pm

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8. Gillman Barracks

Formerly a British military camp, this conserved colonial barracks from 1936 is now a beautiful heritage centre that houses contemporary art galleries.

It remains as one of Singapore’s main focal art scene, with collections from internationally acclaimed artists in Southeast Asia. Some of the notable art galleries include Fost Gallery, Mizuma Gallery, and more.

The lush greenery surrounding this artsy enclave also renders a pleasant spot after a long day indoors.

Where to take photos:
The entire building is Instagrammable due to its colonial architecture, such as the white columns and symmetrical windows.

Address: 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937
Opening Hours:
Mon- Sat: 11am- 11pm
Sunday: 11am- 12am

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9. Museum of Ice Cream Singapore

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Reminisce your childhood nostalgia at this interactive museum filled with ice-cream, ice-cream and MORE ice-cream.

This brightly-coloured museum contains 14 multi-sensory installations – Scream’s Diner, Disco, and not short of giant inflatable bouncy castles. You can also jump into a pool of colourful sprinkles.

On top of that, enjoy unlimited servings ice-cream and get ready for some sugar rush.

This place is perfect for a date or family-friendly bonding activity.

Where to take photos:
Given the vibrant colours and cute ice-cream displays, any spot in the museum would likely be instaworthy!

Address: 100 Loewen Rd, Singapore 248837
Opening Hours:
Thur – Sun: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Mon – Wed: Closed

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10. MINT Museum of Toys

The acronym MINT stands for “Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys”.

Take a trip down to memory lane of nostalgia with a vast variety of over 50,000 world-class vintage toys and collectibles from about 40 different countries. Relieve your childhood memories with some of the most iconic and memorable toys that you have played with as a child, some dated as far back as the 1840s.

Where to take photos:
There are a few life-sized figurines to take photo with, but there aren’t really any particularly instagrammable spots.

Address: 26 Seah St, Singapore 188382
Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue – Sun: 9:30am- 6:30pm

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