Monday, May 24, 2010

Singapore Coins and Notes Museum

The Singapore Coins and Notes Museum is a museum about money, money is treasure, so this museum is full of treasures.  As a result, it has to be well-hidden from the public eye, so it is. Can you spot the museum in this photo?  Probably not.  It is tucked in the 3rd and 4th floors of an old shop house in Chinatown's Pagoda Street.  To add more camouflage, the entrance is hidden inside a coffee shop.  If you don't look hard enough, you will never even notice there is such a museum in this busy touristic street.

There is a lift to the museum.  The lift's indicator is quite of a character.  It is big and looks like a clock face.  The second hand will move indicating which floor the lift is at now. Pretty unique.  Uniquely Singapore!  Yeah. 

The museum is very small, exhibits are few and almost all are from Singapore and contemporary.  In terms of content, this museum really lacks the rich content it should have.  23 May is international museum day and the museum is free of charge.  If it is not free, I don't think it is worth the S$10 admission.

The only highlight of the exhibits is probably the S$10,000 notes, which are rare.  Let's take a look at all the different versions of our Singapore $10,000 notes through the decades.

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