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National Museum of Singapore

Housed in an imposing Renaissance-style building, the National Museum of Singapore charts the city-state’s history in highly creative and engaging ways. Exhibits include a unique and thoughtful display of images of trees around Singapore, each with its own story. Along with insights into some of the most challenging periods of history and the birth of the independent nation, Singapore’s cultural history is beautifully covered. The tradition of dancing in the country is examined, and there’s a look at how artistic self-expression flourished in the 1970s and ’80s through television, theatre and music. The museum is less than 5 minutes’ stroll from the hotel.