A pop culture driven celebration of science and technology, the Singapore Science Centre contains an observatory, an OMNIMAX theater, and over 850 exhibits in eight different exhibition galleries. Since opening in 1977, the centre has seen as more than 10 million visitors annually, many of them students and children.
A considerable part of the centre’s draw is the several exhibits inspired by television and movies. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, the animation of Pixar, and the real life science behind the CSI franchise are all represented. There is also a functioning observatory, an interactive exhibit dedicated to explaining water purification (bring a towel for this one!), a marine alcove, an exhibit dedicated to highlighting the science curriculum taught in Singapore’s school system, a “mind’s eye” exhibit featuring optical illusions, an exhibit exploring auditory phenomena, and a gallery about climate change.
Children aged 4-12 can engage in simple physical challenges, movie-making experience, watching chicks hatch, and other activities in the Discovery Zone designed to help them gain the rudiments of scientific education.
The centre is open from Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is closed on Monday except during school and public holidays. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children aged 3-16, and $6 for seniors, making a visit an affordable and highly recommended activity for the whole family.