Museum and Gallery Guide

Hospital Museums

Events - 08 July 2009 12:00 AM | Updated 15 March 2013

Hospital Museums

Level 2, Health Promotion Board, 3 Second Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168937
[email protected]
Opening Hours: Mondasy 1.00pm - 5.00pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays 9.00am - 5.00pm
Adults $3, Child and Senior Citizens $1.50
Tel: 1800 435 3616

NHG Polyclinics' Gallery of Memories

Address: Bukit Batok Polyclinic, 50 Bukit Batok West Avenue 3, Singapore 659164
E-mail: [email protected]
Opening hours:  Weekdays 8am - 4.30pm, Saturdays 8am - 12.30pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Admission: Free

Tan Tock Seng Hospital Heritage Museum
Address:  Level 1, Hospital Block (next to Kopitiam Foodcourt), 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433
Opening hours: Mondays - Fridays 8.30am - 6pm
Closed on weekends and public holidays
Admission: Free
Guided tours: Please contact the museum in advance to arrange

The SGH Museum
Address: The SGH Museum, Singapore General Hospital, Bowyer Block Clock Tower, Outram Road, Singapore 169608
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays 10am - 6pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Admission: Free
Guided tours: Call for appointment

You may not think of health and heritage in the same breath, but a trip to these four museums could change your mind.

Interestingly, each of the four museums cover a different perspective of healthcare, addressing different areas such as the history of healthcare in Singapore, the contributions of those who have worked in the industry, and how to best take care of your health to prevent illness.

The National Healthcare Group Polyclinics' Gallery of Memories starts off the tour by documenting the history of modern medical care in Singapore, from the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in the early nineteenth century to today.

It shows how the small scattered Outpatient Dispensaries, Travelling Dispensaries, Domiciliary Delivery Services and Maternal and Child Health Clinics of yesteryear have evolved into the modern Polyclinics of today. You'll also see how healthcare tools have changed through the years, ranging from mobile baby weighing machines to platinum needles.

The museum also charts the conditions and illnesses the island residents have suffered during the past two centuries.

The next stop, the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Heritage Gallery, continues this heritage journey through its own 160 year history.

Artefacts on display here include a collection of Peranakan items from the mid-1800s collected during its founder's time, as well as other antique medical equipment that capture the enduring spirit of Singapore's first community hospital dedicated "to caring for the sick poor of all nations".

It is here too that you will learn about the hospital's development and achievements - in particular, its pioneering role in the treatment of tuberculosis in the 1940s, as well as its exemplary leadership in the fight against SARS.

Medical education is the highlight of the SGH Museum, which covers some 200 years of medical teaching through the latest state-of-the-art audiovisual and multimedia technology. The museum is housed in the Bowyer Block, an architectural landmark in the Outram Campus.

Rounding off the health heritage trail is a visit to HealthZone. Set up by the Health Promotion Board, this permanent exhibition area combines education with an element of fun for both adults and children.

You can learn about fitness by finding out how to measure your heart rate, test your strength by playing tug-of-war with a Sumo wrestler or test your stamina by climbing a virtual flight of stairs.

If you're stressed out from work (or from the day of visiting all the hospital museums), visit the Happiness Hall where you can pick up tips on stress management and relaxation techniques in a specially-designed Happiness Room.

HealthZone also conducts regular workshops for all age groups in studios  equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment to enhance each learning experience.

HealthZone Fitness Funhouse

Please check out other museums in our guide:

Images of Singapore

Chinatown Heritage Centre

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Memories at Old Ford Factory

IRAS Gallery

Wood Bridge Museum


Singapore Art Museum

Mint Museum of Toys

Art Retreat incorporating Wu Guanzhong Gallery

Asian Civilizations Museum

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