TripAdvisor ranks Battlebox as No. 1 museum in Singapore in 2017

TripAdvisor ranks Battlebox as No. 1 museum in Singapore in 2017
Battlebox at Fort Canning Hill in Singapore.
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Any visit to the museum is always better if there was a guide that could tell you stories and hidden nuggets of facts you most likely wouldn't discover if you went alone.

And it seems like those who guide at Battlebox at Fort Canning Hill in Singapore are doing a good job at it, according to reviews on TripAdvisor.

The travel portal released today Singapore's top 10 museums from its 2017 Travellers' Choice awards for museums.

Battlebox, a former underground command centre in Fort Canning Hill, was named as the top museum in Singapore and #14 in Asia. This is the first time that the museum has won a Travellers' Choice Award.

It received over 700 reviews, rating the attraction as "excellent". According to some reviews, travellers said the guides were "very knowledgeable" and that the tours are "informative and enjoyable".

In second place is The Intan. Located at Joo Chiat, The Intan is a Peranakan heritage home-museum and visits are strictly by appointments only. It received over 280 reviews rating the museum as "excellent".

Here are the top 10 museums according to TripAdvisor users:

1. BATTLEBOX

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The Battlebox is a former WWII British underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill in the heart of Singapore City. It was part of the headquarters of Malaya Command, the army which defended Malaya and Singapore in WWII. It was inside the Battlebox that the British decided to surrender Singapore to the invading Japanese on 15 February 1942.

2. THE INTAN

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The Intan is a private museum located along Joo Chiat Terrace. It is owned by its residence collector Alvin Yapp. Tours are strictly by appointment only and lasts 90 minutes.

3. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

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The National Museum of Singapore is the nation's oldest museum and showcases the history and culture of Singapore. It also hosts many festivals and events, as well as film screenings.

4. THE CHANGI MUSEUM

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The Changi Museum is dedicated to Singapore's history during World War II. There, visitors can view photographs, drawings and letters by prisoners during a 45-minute guided tour.

5. CHINATOWN HERITAGE CENTRE

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This museum is located within three shophouses on Pagoda Street and showcases the heritage of Chinatown during Singapore's early years, when the country's immigrants and pioneers settled in the vicinity.

6. NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

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The former Supreme Court and City Hall was revamped into a gallery that houses the world's largest modern Southeast Asian art collection.

7. SINGAPORE CITY GALLERY

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Located along Maxwell Road, the Singapore City Gallery tells the story of the city's physical transformation. It is a three-storey visitor centre that shows Singapore's physical transformation in the last 50 years to become "one of the most liveable cities in Asia".

8. ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM AT MARINA BAY SANDS

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The ArtScience Museum is located at the iconic Marina Bay Sands resorts in a lotus-shaped building that makes up the iconic Singapore skyline of the Marina Bay area. Exhibitions here are typically centred around art, science, design, media, architecture and technology.

Journey to Infinity: Escher's World of Wonder exhibition at ArtScience Museum

9. PERANAKAN MUSEUM

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The Peranakan Museum is located in the former Tao Nan School along Armenian Street. The museum boasts a large collection of rich material and artefacts that tell the cultural heritage of the Peranakans in Singapore.

10. ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM

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The Asian Civilisations Museum is devoted to preserving the cultural heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans. These include China, Southeast Asia, India, and the Islamic world. More recently, the museum has focused on the long historical connections between these cultures.

klim@sph.com.sg

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