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The Changi Museum, Singapore

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History Museum · Museum
Feel the weight of history at The Changi Museum, offering a sobering insight into life during World War II. Located next to the infamous Changi prison and far-removed from the glamour of modern Singapore, the museum features paintings by William Haxworth--a POW--among its collection. Haxworth's secretly painted works present a stark view of prisoner life in crowded, unhygienic conditions. Take a 45-minute guided tour to gain a deeper understanding of the story. The museum is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in 2020. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Singapore holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Changi Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • this chapel was originally in changi prison grounds and was moved to its present location and a museum was built around it the chapel was used by prisoners of war, mainly brits who left notes and...  more »
  • On our pre-booked tour with guide we unfortunately could not enter this museum, but still got a good presentation of the importance of the place on site. There is a (literally) captivating history...  more »
  • The MUSEUM and CHAPEL are CLOSED until 2020 or 2021 for refurbishment. !!!!!!! You can't get in, and can't see anything. I couldn't find a way to mark it as closed by edit update. Google - please help other tourists not make the 1 hour journey out to this location pointlessly.
  • Not bad. You can learn singapore history from here.

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This museum commemorates the prisoners-of-war and civilians who were detained in Changi Prison during World War II. History buffs will learn more about the significant events that occurred in Singapore during the Japanese Occupation. The Changi Museum documents significant events that occurred during WWII and the Japanese Occupation. Often included in tours about the city-state’s wartime past, the museum also commemorates the prisoners-of-war and civilians who were detained in Changi Prison during the war. Among the wartime artefacts on display are photographs, artwork by several detainees and a duplicate of the famous Changi Murals that Stanley Warren, one of the POWs, painted during his incarceration. Located in the centre of the museum is the Changi Chapel, a replica of the one built by the POWs.