Singapore Discovery Centre

Singapore Discovery Centre
510 Upper Jurong Road

Opening Hours:
9am - 6pm Closed Mon

Admission Fees (In SGD $):
Adult: $10 (Normal) / $15 (Special)
Child (3 - 12 Years Old): $6 (Normal) / $10 (Special)
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): $28 (Normal) / $45 (Special)

Estimated Visiting Duration:
2 - 4 Hours

List Of Star Attractions (Must See):
Discovery Lake
Spectacle & Giant Dome
On-Location Reporter
Battlefield Command
Digital Dance Studio
WoW! Wall Of Wonders
Shooting Gallery
XD Theatre
iWERKS Theatre
Crossfire Paintball

List Of Main Attractions (Good To See):
Contradiction Wall
So Singapore Theatre
Build It! The Playground Of Ideas
Security Pavilion
Crisis Simulation Theatre
Crisis Time Scopes
Unity Pavilion
Harmony Circle
Enterprise Pavilion
Enterprise Quest
Life Adventures
Singaporean Entrepreneur Profiles
Singapore Discovery Centre Exterior & Surroundings

List Of Other Attractions (For A Complete Experience):
24/7 Kinetic Wall
Little Red Dot
Smart Show
Visionarium Design Studio

Interactive Exhibits That Are Best Experienced In Groups

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Visited: Jul-2012


The Singapore Discovery Centre promises to engage your senses of sight, hearing, and touch, which it does well with its many interactive exhibits. If you're expecting to just view exhibits at the Singapore Discovery Centre, you'll be sorely disappointed. The whole point of the Singapore Discovery Centre is about engagement; learning through having fun.

However, many of the main attractions require groups of people to interact with the exhibit. On this note, I would highly recommend visitors to join the guided tours around the Singapore Discovery Centre, because some of the attractions won't activate / be interesting without a group. There are 7 guided tours daily, once every hour (10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm).

The Singapore Discovery Centre generally focuses on the essence and spirit of Singapore; the stuff that makes Singapore unique. Aptly, the first few attractions visitors will come across include the Gateway, Contradiction Wall, So Singapore Theatre, and Portals, which serve to introduce the milestones of Singapore, and its unique quirks, constraints and personality of its people. I particulary liked the So Singapore Theatre show, which was a funny and insightful trip into the psyche of Singaporeans.

In the main hall of the Singapore Discovery Centre, is the giant dome exhibit, Spectacle, a kaleidoscope of lights and images. Beyond that is the 24/7 Kinetic Wall, which features sounds familiar to Singaporeans. Build It! The Playground Of Ideas, allows you to understand land planning in Singapore, around a giant hanging projection cube. The final attraction on the upper level is On-Location Reporter, where you can role play as a reporter, and then watch yourself on the news!

While heading down to the ground floor of the Singapore Discovery Centre, you'll pass the Little Red Dot exhibit, Singabot, Murals, and the Smart Show. On the ground floor, exhibits are arranged thematically, in 'pavilions'.

The Security Pavilion of the Singapore Discovery Centre focuses on the 5 Pillars of Total Defence of Singapore, and features the Crisis Simulation Theatre, Crisis Time Scopes and Battlefield Command. Battlefield Command is one of the main highlights of the Singapore Discovery Centre, and is a combat simulation game for 4 players. The tour guide boasted that "no one has succesfully completed it!"

The Unity Pavilion of the Singapore Discovery Centre focuses on Social Interaction and Customs of Singapore, and features the Harmony Circle and Digital Dance Studio.

The Enterprise Pavilion of the Singapore Discovery Centre focuses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Singapore, and features the Enterprise Quest, Life Adventures and Singaporean Entrepreneur Profiles.

The Visionarium Design Studio and WoW! Wall Of Wonders round out the main highlights of the Singapore Discovery Centre. WoW! Wall Of Wonders is both a panoramic display screen, as well as an augmented virtual reality experience. The Visionarium Design Studio is a 120 (!) multi-player game within the giant dome, where players compete in city-planning.

Beyond the main exhibit area, the Singapore Discovery Centre also has a Shooting Gallery ($6 per Adult), the XD Theatre ($10 per Adult) which features 4D films, and the iWERKS Theatre, which features giant / IMAX 2D or 3D films. The blockbuster films shown here are probably the cheapest 3D movie tickets ($9) you could get in Singapore! Which also explains the extremely long queue even before the movie starts. On my visit, I caught Tornado Alley (3D), which features the stars of the TV show 'Storm Chasers'.

If you're planning a visit to the Singapore Discovery Centre, do note that admission fees costs $10 / $15, depending on the package you select, and allocate about 2 to 4 hours for viewing.


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