25 March 2021

5 Quirky Museums for the Culture Vulture

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Joel Conceicao A long-suffering Arsenal fan who will most likely reincarnate as a Himalayan goat.

Surprise, surprise; Singapore is actually a pretty good hotspot when it comes to museum hopping.

When it comes to the crunch, there are plenty of options to get your culture fix in the city-state. Plus, there is no shortage of under-the-radar attractions to check out. From an eccentric camera-shaped museum full of vintage photo-taking equipment to a former underground WWII bomb-proof bunker, here are five alternative museums to visit:

It’s vintage cameras galore
It’s vintage cameras galore
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As its name suggests, the Vintage Camera’s Museum is all about old cameras, with models dating as far back as the 1800s, ranging from spy cams to drones attached to pigeons during the war. Pro tip: be sure to snap a photo of the building’s camera-shaped exterior and try a few of the vintage cameras out it’s allowed here unlike other museums

Revisit the ghosts of WWII
Revisit the ghosts of WWII
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Venture nine metres underground into the Battlebox, a former WWII bomb-proof bunker and command centre. What awaits is a mazy labyrinth of rooms filled with wartime artefacts. If you’re a history buff, this is the perfect opportunity for you to relive the drama behind the decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.

Admire old Peranakan antiques
Admire old Peranakan antiques
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Yet another bastion of Peranakan heritage in town is the Katong Antique House. Overflowing with all things Peranakan, from batik sarongs to beaded slippers and pineapple tarts to retro furniture, this two-storey pre-war shophouse is where you can explore meticulously restored rooms that reflect how a typical Peranakan family lived in the past. 

Go turtle and tortoise crazy
Go turtle and tortoise crazy
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Holding the Guinness World Record for the biggest collection of tortoise and turtle items, the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum has many adorable shelled critters roaming its grounds, from the African spurred tortoise to the pig-nosed turtle. The animals are the personal collection of owner Connie Tan, who has gathered them over the last 40 years.

Hang out with superstars
Hang out with superstars
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Be it celebs, sports stars, or politicians, Madame Tussauds is a great place to get your dose of pop culture and to strike a funny pose or two. But what’s really cool is you get to live the lives of these superstars, like trying out a full-sized F1 VR simulator or dancing like a Bollywood actor in front of the camera – the choice is yours!

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