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Singapore Science Centre

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The Science Centre Singapore prides itself on making science an inspiring and exciting experience for people of all ages. Our many interactive exhibits, housed in 14 galleries, cover a wide range of topics related to science, technology and mathematics and take up a total of about 20,000m2 of indoor and outdoor space. We also offer a wide range of enrichment programmes for students aimed at complementing the school's formal science education as well as enriching and fun events, competitions and outreach activities for everyone. Today, the Science Centre receives more than a million visitors annually and is acclaimed as one of the top Science Centres in the world.

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Weekday Opening Hours:
10am - 6pm daily
Entrance Fees:
Adult - $9
Child - $5 (3-16 years)
Senior Citizen - $6 (55 years and above)
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< $10


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Needs better maintenance

I went to the Dinosaurs Live! Exhibition at the Singapore Science Centre recently and I really enjoyed myself there looking at the wonderfully set-up and prepared live sized mounts of the creatures of the past. I have also been to other temporary exhibitions such as the Lord of The Rings exhibition and the Leonardo Da Vinci art pieces exhibition a few years ago. While the temporary exhibits are up to expectations, I cannot say the same for the permanent exhibits.

When I was there for the dinosaurs exhibition, I decided to buy the tickets that was a combination of entry into the Science Center permanent exhibits as well as I had not been here in a while and was hoping to see something different. However, I was greatly disappointed. It would still be acceptable if the exhibits did not change much, but were in working condition. Instead, I was faced with several times where the displays were non-functional or spoilt and some parts of the attractions looked abandoned and ignored as if they had not been taken care of for a long time.

I think this is really unacceptable as paying for the entrance fee, you expect to see everything in good, working and presentable condition. I was quite embarrassed as I brought my foreign country friend to see the Science Centre yet it was in such a condition.

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Average Spent Per Person:
25
Best part:
temporary exhibits
Recommend to a friend:
No
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It has changed a lot...

The Singapore Science Centre is a wonderful place to stretch your mind. The exhibits are very user-friendly and interactive and are suitable for all ages. New exhibits are being put on display all the time, but the good old classic ones will always remain. Much as I like this place, changes that have happened over the years caused me to have a sense of disgust.

The service, for one, is terrible. When I visited the place not too long ago, the elevator was spoilt, so I approached the staff at the counter. I had initially thought that perhaps I went to the wrong place. I approached the staff and asked them where I could find the exhibit. They told me a series of directions, but when I followed the directions, they led me to the same place. So I went back to ask for help. However, they denied that the elevator was spoiled. I made them show me the place. It was the same place. After jabbing the lift button multiple times, they apologised and told me that it was indeed spoiled. That day, I left very displeased.

The other thing is that what was once free has now become payable. I remember that in the past, many events and shows were free and enjoyable. Now, it seems like so many things have a price tag on them. It seems not worth it to pay for them. I feel that Science Centre has become more and more money-centred instead of being an educational facility. I guess the equipment have become more expensive, but still. I simply will not pay for them.

I really wish Science Centre will go back to its good old days. But until then, I will miss the old Science Centre a lot.

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Well worn but well worth it

Visiting the Singapore Science Centre for the first time just this week, I left almost satisfied. I had previously been to the similarly themed Discovery centre and left with too many negative vibes: exhibits not working, pieces missing, pointless interactions, difficult and sporadic functioning for some of the more ambitious displays. For me it did not work.

At the Science Centre, I felt I was visiting a loving maiden Aunty in her house, one in which she had lived comfortably for many decades. Everything was a little bit worn. Quaint and quintessentially quirky, the place is charming and fun.

We arrived at 2 pm and were ushered out at closing time, 6 pm, having only taken in half of what is on display in the main area let alone the bug exhibit and the snow scene!. My friends and I spent sharing the joy of hundreds of kids and their equally fascinated parents as they untied tangled knots, put faces on boards, stuck their heads through platters filled with fruit, withstood hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes, marveled at the illusions, played pipe organs and player pianos and drums and all sorts of noisy things, sent balls scurrying down twisting raceways, tried to identify animals sounds and so on and so on.

Maybe the enthusiasm of the children was catching. Heavens, if an adult could enjoy it so much, it must be doing something right.

I suppose it is inevitable that there were some glitches. One or two of the exhibits were out of order. I was immediately reminded of the Discovery Centre and the Battle Box: good intentions not maintained. It would be reassuring if, when an exhibit is broken, a small sign could be placed advising that it is under repair. In fact, apart from those collecting your money at the entrance, we saw no staff. At least, the Discovery centre had a few staff around: probably trying to explain what should be there because it wasn’t!

Not everything was ‘brilliant’ at the Science Centre. The Robotics display was static and a disappointment. After spending hours twirling knobs and twisting things and push bells and whistles, to suddenly find yourself looking behind glass at models or R2D2 and so on was a let down.

Likewise the Eco garden was a let down: pleasant enough, but lacking any real purpose that I could see. Anyway who wants to struggle around a garden in the heat of a typical Singapore day?

I will be going back to see the Annex and Snow City (I must take my parka and fur lined boots or I won’t be allowed in, without renting suitable arctic clothing!).

But I will definitely go!

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(Updated: December 26, 2012)

Awaken the scientist in you...

Certainly a venue to go to for science...for everyone especially children. Prepare to spend at least 3/4 or 1 day to cover the exhibits. Start early. Plenty of showtimes for various themes around the clock. Do grab a copy of the venue map & event showtimes. This is so as to maximize on enjoyment of the place...or return on value for your time & ticket fee. Many find the venue boring and uninspired as thgey might have missed out on these showtimes. Other downsides include quite a number of non-functioning (and certain boring) exhibits.

Do make time to catch an iMax movie, available on reduced packaged price for family or iMax/Science Center combo. The Imax movie will increase the "wow" factor of the visit, especially for 1st timer. Passion Card members will enjoy discount by flashing the card. Bring along swimming costume for children for water theme park just outside the center. Meals avail at the McDonalds fastfood chain or cafe within the center.

Parking is free but will be a challenge to get a space especially weekends and public holidays. Those going via MRT (Jurong East) will need a 15min walk to the center...not good especially if weather is hot or rainy.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Best part:
iMax
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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don't go

this is a complete joke. unless you are a 8 year old kid, this place is seriously for the uneducated or something. singapore is a world class city. i don't understand why it doesn't invest in a real science centre. it is shameful.

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Same old thing

I went there in December 2011 and was not fascinated to find that almost all the exhibits are exactly the same as when I visited 10 years ago as part of a school excursion. Mr Einstein was still climbing up and down the same rope. The place seemed more suitable for kids who will be fascinated with a lot of interesting science facts and experiments and maybe for adults who have never been there before. Certain exhibits were down and not maintained, leaving a pretty bad impression. In my opinion, this place should just be solely for primary school excursions and not considered as a tourist attraction.

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Average Spent Per Person:
12
Recommend to a friend:
No
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Informative for all ages

I visited Singapore Science Centre regularly when I was in Primary School, and for young kids who are mostly ignorant about science, the Science Centre was a completely exciting place to explore.

Learn all about the different areas of science, from the human body that we own to the everyday lightning and thunder we encounter and so on. My favorite section is the nature and climate section, where you get to see the webs of life and learn more about our ecosystem. There's also an area of kids to play, and there's an observatory for visitors to get a chance to see chicks hatching out of their eggs. Outside Science Centre is an ecogarden, and it's a must see place for nature lovers because there are many varieties of fruits and vegetables grown there.

However, in my recent visit, I noticed that many of the exhibits were becoming tattered and dirty, which disappointed me greatly. Some of the exhibits are also becoming obsolete, and can get really boring at times. For visitors who are hungry, you can drop by McDonalds which is located directly at the entrance, although no food and drinks is allowed in Science Centre.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Best part:
Eco-Garden
Location:
Jurong East
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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Interesting Exhibitions

I used to go to Science Centre a lot when I was in primary and secondary school to look at those interesting exhibitions and also to conduct experiments and lessons organized by the school. The interesting science facts never fail to amaze me and attract my attention whenever I go there. The place is really big and I think a day is not enough to finish exploring everything fully since there are so many things to look at.

There are places that are really colourful and I think it is really suitable for children. There is a corner with small animals and I really like it although it is a little smelly. I always look forward to the exhibitions held at the Science Centre like Exploring the Human Body for example.

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Enriching for kids

Definitely an enriching experience for kids/students! Science Centre is pretty big and has a lot of exhibits and some hands-on stations to aid in learning. Information about various science fields is abundant and as a child, I was always fascinated whenever I visited. The gift shop even sells astronaut ice cream!! A must try for anyone at around $3, it is most definitely not your usual neoapolitan ice cream as it does not melt, it is more of a powdery and flaky texture.

One exhibit I have always loved is the one with chicken eggs in an incubator. It shows many eggs at different stages of fertilization, if you are lucky enough you may get too see a chick hatching!

Other exhibitions are held at the Science Centre sometimes, notably the Dinosaurs Alive exhibition. While it was way below my expectations (the area was small, enough said), it still showcased the more common dinosaurs like T-rex, though not really life size.

Furthermore, the omnitheatre is only a few minutes' walk away if you're interested to watch a documentary in iMax!

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(Updated: July 05, 2012)

Fun for all ages

The Science centre is a place I've visited since i was in primary school. It succeeds in balancing science and fun at the same time. Many people go there during weekends. Be sure to go when there is an event going on, like the recent CSI, and Sultans of science events. However the price of the event tickets need to be purchased separately and are more expensive.

The place is really big, make sure you explore everything! However, I should point out that some part of it has stayed the same since the time I've been then in primary school and parts of it get really boring sometimes. The exhibitions are interesting and allow you to feel and sense it yourself. They highlight the scientific part of our lives that we neglect or don't know. There is also a playground there too and some animals there that my siblings found it unexpectedly. To finish the entire exhibition, it would probably take up a whole day so make sure your day is free for long hours to make your triip there worthwhile.

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A different side to science

An ideal place for science enthusiasts, the Singapore science center can be somewhat described to have a plethora of exhibits that can well convert you into one!

The exhibits are up to date and inclusive of international materials. I particularly loved the exhibit of Sultans of Science which focused on how Muslim scholars and scientists of the past discovered and established certain concepts that we know of till today. Essential helpful equipment that were invented included stethoscopes and compasses- things that are widely used in today’s common professions. The tour had cost an average of $15 – but it was understandable considering there was international recognition to the exhibit. Personally, it’s really heart-warming to see how Singapore has progressed to a point where famous and international companies are willing to hold their showcases in Singapore!

In addition, there is an outdoor water playground for kids, which really facilitated in making the learning of science a fun subject and not as mundane as a typical classroom session would feel like. Be it in physics, chemistry or biology, the Singapore science centre can really awaken your inquisitive mind to explore further.

Hence, this place is ideal for school trips, exchange programs or excursions for that additional experience, not to mention having a bonding time with your family.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
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