Housed in a lotus-shaped building at the foot of the Marina Bay Sands complex, Singapore's ArtScience Museum is a prominent part of the Singapore skyline. Showcasing art, science, design, media, architecture and technology, the museum hosts a fascinating program of temporary exhibitions (some of which are free!) as well as some permanent ones that the whole family can enjoy.
A highlight of the Museum is the permanent Future World exhibition. This collection of interactive digital artworks will appeal particularly to families, but adults can also get in on the high-tech fun.
The exhibition is separated into zones that invite you to explore what a future world might look like: Nature, Town, Park and Space.
Installations include a ball-pit with giant LED balls that change colour as you touch them, large light-blocks that you can construct with, and a slide with moving digital artworks projected onto it.
The dazzling 'Crystal Universe' artwork is designed to replicate the feeling of being in space. Created with more than 170,000 LED lights, mirrors and glass balls, you can control the lights and movement of the installation from devices within the room.
Take a walk through outerspace in the museum's Crystal Universe installation
For a more grown-up adventure, visit the Museum on the third Thursday of every month for ArtScience Late. From 7pm til 10pm, enjoy the exhibitions alongside a varying program of performance art and live music. Upcoming events are listed here.
On Saturdays and Sundays, there are free guided tours, or pick up an audio guide for rent at the Museum's box office.
If all this culture has made you hungry, the Museum's lobby café offers wraps, soups and pastries, or head into the Marina Bay Sands basement hawker centre for a variety of Asian 'street-food' style dishes.
Note that for some exhibits, including Future World, admission is timed at peak periods to limit the number of visitors. Check the website for more details.
Ticketing: Prices vary depending on which exhibit you visit. Some exhibits are free. You can buy tickets online here. Children are free on Fridays! Purchase an adult ticket and up to four children under 12 can enter with you for free.
Getting here: the closest MRT train stations are Bayfront Station (10-minute walk), Promenade Station (15-minute walk), or Marina Bay Station (15-minute walk). There is a bus stop at Bayfront Avenue, serviced by bus number 97, 97E, 106, 133, 133M, 502, 518.