Last weekend we went to Chinese Garden in Jurong East. I am going to write more about Chinese Garden later. Now I want to write about the turtle and tortoise museum that is located inside the garden. The “museum” is actually a shelter or sanctuary for turtles and tortoises, and it deserves its own post since the kids totally enjoyed the place. They couldn’t stop talking about it for a few days after we went there, and they are already asking us to please please please take them there again.
This is the entrance to the turtle and tortoise museum.
There is a big pond with a lot of koi fish and turtles close to the entrance.
Before you go in, you have to buy tickets at the counter. It’s SGD 5 for adults and SGD 3 for children below 6. Then you can go to the garden and you will see tortoises walking around freely. You can buy a bunch of leafy green veggies for SGD 2 at the counter to feed them. The kids had so much fun feeding the tortoises!
Just be careful, though….
In the middle of the garden, there is a big pond full of turtles. You can buy a packet of turtle food for SGD 1 to feed the turtles. Throw a bit of food in the water, and they will come to you in hordes. The kids couldn’t stop feeding the turtles, and the turtles couldn’t stop eating! They really do eat a lot.
Not all of the turtles and tortoises are free to roam around. Some are kept in aquariums. It’s probably because some can hurt people, and also because there is a limited space for all of those turtles and tortoises. The museum has undergone a renovation, though, and it’s going to undergo another renovation to make it bigger, with better facilities for the resident turtles and tortoises.
The museum holds a Guinness World of Record for the largest collection of tortoise and turtle items. But I especially like the place since it is like a shelter or sanctuary for turtles and tortoises. Many of them were unwanted pets that the owners couldn’t or wouldn’t keep anymore. They were not captured in the wild.
The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
1 Chinese Garden Road, Singapore
Nearest MRT: Chinese Garden
Opening hours: 9am to 6 pm daily