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The Changi Museum, Singapore

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Feel the weight of history at The Changi Museum, offering a sobering insight into life during World War II. Located next to the infamous Changi prison and far-removed from the glamour of modern Singapore, the museum features paintings by William Haxworth--a POW--among its collection. Haxworth's secretly painted works present a stark view of prisoner life in crowded, unhygienic conditions. Take a 45-minute guided tour to gain a deeper understanding of the story. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Singapore holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Changi Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Well worth the visit, take the MTR to Tanah merah and the no 2 bus to the museum, the travel is all covered by the tourist pass and the museum has an audio guide to rent ,it’s all very affordable. Be ...  more »
  • We visited here after the Battle box and in the knowledge this museum is to close shortly for renovation. It doesn't compare to the Battlebox. This museum had a lot of reading, although there was also...  more »
  • Having lived in Singapore as a child, the atrocities of the war in Singapore were based on hearsay. This brought it all home, very vivid and thought provoking. Well worth a visit.  more »
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  • A good view of Singapore under occupation. Small museum. About 30 displays. 75% are quite interesting. Headphones are available for a self guided tour. I went without and my companion used them. If you don't mind reading lots of text, it's ok to go without headphones and the experience is good, almost emotional. Story is told from an Australian / New Zealand / local perspective. British story is somewhat lacking, rather like their response at the time. Very small section from Japanese perspective is the most telling of all and gives great insight to the war in the east. Very clean and somber. Takes no more than two hours to get through it all.
  • Good museums tell good stories, and this place has a big story that crosses many divides. It offers a wide ranging perspective on the invasion of Singapore and its subsequent impact on the people who were caught up in the events. Changi has an infamous role in the occupation of Singapore, but it is viewed as part of a bigger story, that weaves the experience of the inmates of Changi prison, with ordinary Singaporeans. Any visit will be enhanced with the excellent audio tour equipment offered by the museum.
  • Excellent museum. Allow at least 90 minutes. Strongly recommend the audio-tour option. We got there on a Number 2 bus (caught from Tanah Merah MRT) which took us almost directly to the museum entrance.
  • The museum takes the visitors along a painful period in Singapore's past and Changi's links during those dark days. The displays are thoughtfully laid out, with contributions from survivors of the atrocities. It was a sombre feeling to be walking around the museum. Entrance is free of charge and the staff are very nice.
  • Nice museum commemorating prisoners of war in Singapore in the second world war. They offer audio tours as well. Well done for such a small museum.

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