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 Annexe Building, Kinetic Garden and Snow City.
Snow City remains Singapore’s first and only permanent indoor Snow Centre and houses a 60-metre long snow slope for visitors to ski, snowboard and snow tube. It was the first-of-its-kind to offer educational programmes and workshops to schools and special interest groups. In April 2014, a world class sport climbing wall (using the international Vertigo Climbing System) called The Cliff was launched to enhance its facilities and cater to students and fans of this popular sport.
2 months later, the Centre launched KidsSTOP™, a children’s science centre that focuses on enriching children aged 18 months to 8 years. Exhibits and galleries were designed to promote and foster parent-child bonding through interactive activities and programmes.
The Centre, together with Omni-Theatre and Snow City, receives more than 1 million visitors annually.