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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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  • We went on an organised trip with Tour East, well worth it, with an excellent commentry from Woo, giving the full history of Singapore during and since the war.  more »
  • I wanted to go as I felt I owed to the people of Singapore to see how they had suffered at the hands of the Japanese. It was a well presented if not particularly well laid out exhibition.  more »
  • The display for this important museum is extremely disappointing. You do not see any of the actual former gaol (prison) used by the POWs, and even the chapel isn’t original. The information is limited...  more »
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  • Small but interesting museum. Can be easily reachable using bus. Couple of hours will be enough. All the articles and stuff are related to the world war two experience in Singapore. If you wanna know about the history and how Singapore survive the war you must visit this place. Closes at 5PM. Staff is friendly and helpful. There is a small outlet to buy books or souvenirs. There are paid audio tours. I feel really proud when seeing the how Singapore is now after seeing how it was there after the world war.
  • Not as big as I was expecting and fairly simple but still lots of good information. If you're interested in the subject matter, try to also watch the Changi dramatic mini series made by ABC Australia which I thought was very good and thought provoking. The Battlebox museum and tour (in Singapore) also overlaps with the information here regarding the events leading up to the surrender so that's worth doing as well. They have audio guides available for $8 which take you through nicely.
  • For info, from April 2nd 2018 to 2020, museum is closed for renovation. One star because information on website is not obvious. Lots of other visitors arriving to be told its closed. Only the tiny Chapel is open.
  • Great museum commemorating those interred by the Japanese in the second World War. Very moving displays that give a very personal insite to the invasion of Singapore. Strongly recommend a visit whilst visiting Singapore. The best way to get there is to catch a taxi.
  • Chapel open but Museum closed for renovations until 2020. Would have been nice to have known this before making the trek out there!
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This museum commemorates the prisoners-of-war and civilians who were detained in Changi Prison during World War II. History buffs will learn more about the significant events that occurred in Singapore during the Japanese Occupation. The Changi Museum documents significant events that occurred during WWII and the Japanese Occupation. Often included in tours about the city-state’s wartime past, the museum also commemorates the prisoners-of-war and civilians who were detained in Changi Prison during the war. Among the wartime artefacts on display are photographs, artwork by several detainees and a duplicate of the famous Changi Murals that Stanley Warren, one of the POWs, painted during his incarceration. Located in the centre of the museum is the Changi Chapel, a replica of the one built by the POWs.