Located within the grounds of Singapore General Hospital is a museum, named SGH Museum. The hospital and museum are just across the road from Hotel Re! Use the pedestrian bridge from Outram Park MRT Station, then walk to your right past the morgue. *Shudders*
Housed in the Bowyer Block, it was officially opened by the then Singapore President SR Nathan on May 20, 2005. Bowyer Block is an architectural landmark within the SGH Campus. On Nov 11, 2009, RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister, MICA, announced the gazetting on Bowyer Block as a National Monument, making it one of the 62 national monuments in Singapore.
Today, this museum is a repository of artefacts and records that trace the long and rich history of the hospital. It also showcases the development of medical specialties and medical education in Singapore, presented in the latest state-of-the-art audiovisual and multimedia technology.
Photography is not allowed here at the museum but visitors are free to explore the various interactive exhibitions over the two levels of the building and learn about the changing role of healthcare services in Singapore. As you can see, a visit to SGH Museum may not be interesting for everyone but those in healthcare may find it useful.
As for me, I found the Outram Campus Heritage Trail more exciting. Request for the booklet from the receptionist at the museum. The booklet comes with a hertiage trail location map that will take you around the Singapore General Hospital (Outram Campus). Covering nine landmarks, it takes about 1.5 hours to complete.
Add: Bowyer Block Clock Tower, Singapore General Hospital, 11, Third Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168751.
Tel: +65 6326 5294
Fax: +65 6326 6839
10am – 8pm (Tues – Sun)
*closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
Group tours: The Museum accepts group bookings for up to 20 pax. Schools interested in an educational tour are to submit an advanced booking request either by telephone or email.
*Admission is free-of-charge.
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