Science Centre Singapore was opened on 10 December 1977 by Dr Toh Chin Chye, the Minister in charge of the Science Centre Board at that time.
The wheels for a world-acclaimed Science Centre started turning in 1969 when the Government decided to convert the National Museum into an art and historical museum and build a new institution devoted to scientific and technological education on the advice of the Science Council of Singapore.
The Science Centre Singapore was established to:
- Showcase exhibits illustrating the physical sciences, life sciences, applied sciences, technology and industry, and
- Promote the dissemination of knowledge in science and technology.
The Science Centre building was designed by Mr Raymond Woo and rests on a 10-hectare site and comprises of the Main Building, the Annexe Building, Outdoor Gardens, Omni-Theatre and Snow City.
The Omni-Theatre, Singapore’s only IMAX dome theatre, was established in 1987. The iconic theatre brought a new dimension to the learning of Science through larger-than-life documentaries and films that provide an immersive experience for all. The educational films cover genres including science, space, nature, animals, marine life, culture, natural disasters and more.
Two years later in 1989, Science Centre opened Southeast Asia’s largest Observatory which now receives more than 10,000 visitors annually.
Snow City, Singapore’s first and only permanent indoor Snow Centre, houses a 60 metres long snow slope for visitors to ski, snowboard and snow tube. It is also the first-of-its-kind to offer educational programmes and workshops to schools and interested groups.
In 1998, the Centre launched a complete refurbishment of its 14 exhibition galleries which was completed in 2003. And an expansion in 2000 saw the introduction of an integrated complex consisting of the Annex Building, Kinetic Garden and Snow City. Today, the Centre houses over 1,000 exhibits, including the award-winning Waterworks Exhibition, 14 educational laboratories and theatres as well as a library and plays host to two major blockbuster travelling exhibitions yearly. Visitors will also be pleased to discover a 10,000 m2 Ecology Garden containing various indigenous plants as well as an Ecology Lab.
The Centre marked its 30 years of contribution to science literacy and education in Singapore in 2007. To date, the Centre has received over 20 million visitors through its doors and touched the lives of millions more in outreach activities. The Centre, together with Omni-Theatre and Snow City, reached a record 1.55 million visitors in 2009/2010.