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Singapore’s one of the best places to be to satisfy your inner culture vulture. There’s a whole range of different types of museums to visit in the city – from design-centric venues to specialised institutions, you’ll be busy hopping from place to place, so get ready for an unforgettable visual feast with these 9 must-visit museums.

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore Photo by National Gallery Singapore

Dedicated to Singapore and Southeast Asian art, the newly-opened National Gallery Singapore (NGS) occupies two major landmarks – the former Supreme Court and City Hall – and features over a whopping 8,000 artworks housed across ten galleries, including the DBS Singapore Gallery and the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery (both of which are permanent).

ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum Photo by Darren Soh

Enjoy the perfect blend of art and science at this gorgeous museum at Marina Bay Sands. The exhibitions are ever-changing, but they all have one thing in common: they're mostly high-profile and very notable. Past shows include ‘Da Vinci: Shaping the Future’, where the legendary artist's original masterpieces were put on display for the first time in Southeast Asia, and ‘The Deep’, which featured the largest collection of over 40 weird and wonderful deep-sea animals displayed for the first time in the region.

Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum

Situated in a restored 19th century mission school, the Singapore Art Museum (known as SAM to many) was established in 1996 and it's the nation's very first art museum. Here you'll find one of the world's most extensive collections of contemporary Southeast Asian artworks, which reflect art practices in the region. Interested in a guided tour? Be there Monday to Friday at 11am or 2pm (there’s an additional 7pm slot on Fridays).

Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum Photo by Afur Wong

Marvel at intriguing artefacts from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia at the Asian Civilisations Museum. The place is home to a handful of permanent galleries, which are split into four geographic zones (China, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and the Islamic world), and regularly hosts special exhibitions. Two new wings were introduced in the last quarter of 2015, so there’s now a total of more than 15,000 square metres to explore.

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore Photo by National Heritage Board

Consisting of various exhibits, a lecture theatre, and an education and resource centre, the National Museum of Singapore's focus is on the city-state's rich history and culture. The stunning neo-classical building also hosts a number of major events and festivals throughout the year, including art installations and film screenings.

Mint – Museum of Toys

Mint – Museum of Toys

This quirky museum's marvellous collection of old-school toys (fun fact: it’s valued at over five million Singapore dollars) is guaranteed to impress and delight visitors of all walks of life, no matter young or old. Catch Astro Boy, Popeye, and Tintin and have a blast spotting your favourite characters from a forgotten time.

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Got a thing for stamps? The Singapore Philatelic Museum should do the trick. Feast your eyes on the colourful array of stamps and learn about the vibrant postal history of Singapore and other parts of the world. Don’t miss the fun exhibition specials that take place every now and then, such as 'More Than Monkeys' and the adorable Snoopy-themed collection of letters, postcards, and greeting cards showcase that just ended.

Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum

Celebrating the Peranakan (Straits-Chinese) culture in Singapore, this sister museum to the Asian Civilisations Museum features interactive exhibits and interesting artefacts that span across 10 permanent galleries. Find out who were Singapore's most prominent Peranakans, learn about Peranakan cuisine (which is, by the way, a must-try during your stay in Singapore), gain insight into how the grand 12-day Peranakan wedding works, and plenty more.

Red Dot Design Museum

Red Dot Design Museum

If you're a lover of pretty things and design in general, then this picture-perfect, Instagram-worthy venue should be at the top of your list. The Red Dot Design Museum is home to more than 1,000 items and products from over 50 countries that have been recognised for their remarkable design. There's also the Design Museum Shop to pop by if you want to take home a nifty little something as a souvenir.

With these 9 artsy venues to visit, you can now get to it and do some serious museum hopping. If you have the time to spare, there are loads more intriguing museums in Singapore that are worth visiting.