We had wanted to visit Play@NMS, a new children’s gallery at the National Museum of Singapore, for quite some time, but only two weeks ago we managed to go there.
National Museum of Singapore is located on Stamford Road, close to Orchard Road and Bras Basah Road. We took the 174 bus to go there.
This is the museum. It is the oldest museum in Singapore, being opened in 1887.
Perfect combination of classic and modern architecture….
We went straight to Play@NMS. There are three areas; explore, create, perform, plus a garden.
We went to “explore” first. Lots of things to do there!
Carla and Renan learned about the ingredients to make the famous chilli crab, nasi lemak, roti prata, ice kachang and hokkien mee.
Now it’s time to cook!
The kids tried the embossing machine….
… and then they watched movies inside a tent.
They could listen to songs….
… or make their own television show.
We then went to “create”. We found this area to be quite disappointing. There were tables and chairs, and coloured pencils. Nothing else. I thought it would be like the art studio in ArtPlay Melbourne, which provided all sorts of materials to create artworks. We stayed there a bit, just to draw some pictures.
The “perform” area was closed, so we went to the garden. There was nothing much there. It was just a small open space. But the kids had so much fun, since they could draw all over the blackboard covered wall.
Even Papai couldn’t resist….
Spongebob, by Carla.
So, is Play@NMS worth visiting with the kids? Well, yes… Kids would certainly enjoy playing in the “explore” area, and maybe in the garden too, but I don’t think they would be too interested in spending time in the “create” area.
While you are at the museum, it might be a good idea to explore other galleries. We went to the food gallery too that day, and the kids enjoyed it.
Carla loved smelling the herbs and spices.
We spent around half an hour exploring the food gallery before going home.
National Museum of Singapore
Open from 10 am to 6 pm daily
Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs
$6 for adult foreign visitors, $3 for students