Is edutainment a thing? It certainly is at the Singapore Discovery Centre! The S’pore, as the locals call it, presents the history of Singapore as a country, a global nation and a lively city in an informative yet highly entertaining way. Is the S’pore a museum, an art gallery, a science center… or all of these things? The many exhibits focus on interactivity and storytelling, and showcase the way Singapore developed while living under the flags of Japan, Great Britain and Malaysia before becoming an independent nation. Its main goal is to encourage the enquiring minds of both locals and visitors alike to build a better future for Singapore by learning more about its past. Young visitors can also try their hand at being a professional for a day, whether they opt for being a city planner, broadcast journalist, wartime general or professional Singaporean dancer.
The center features movie theaters, exhibition halls, a playground, an aircraft display, a paintball arena, a virtual shooting range, a 4D simulator ride and even pedal boats. There are also two restaurants on-site for visitors thinking of taking a day trip out at the S’pore.
The Singapore Discovery Centre is located in Western Singapore. It can be accessed from the downtown core in less than half an hour via Shenton Way and AYE routes, or in one hour via rail (stop Jon Koon on the EW line). Guided tours are available. The center is open between Tuesdays and Sundays from 9AM to 6PM, and entry costs $15 for those over 21 years old, $13 per 13-20 year olds and $10 for those less than 12 years old. Guided visits are available every day at 30 minutes past.