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“The Science Centre was conceived to stimulate a continuing interest among children in the schools and the lay public in the principles of science and how they are used in technology.”
- Dr Toh Chin Chye (former Minister of Science and Technology)
Our purpose then was to popularise science and technology and for the population to appreciate aspects of science in a leisurely and entertaining manner.
40 years on, our poise remains unchanged.
We popularise science by creating an environment where the audience can indulge in participatory learning. The assortment of exhibits spanning various disciplines are basically incubators of scientific knowledge and the emphasis is more on hands-on exploratory learning rather than the formal text-based approach.
Besides exhibitions, the Science Centre runs programmes with school teachers, guided tours, lectures and screens films on science. It also produces publications on science.
Science Centre Singapore has the country’s largest collection of educational and exhibit materials devoted to science. Two years after it opened its doors, the International Council of Museums ranked 'Singapore Science Centre' as among the world’s top 10 best science centres.
Science Centre Singapore (rebranded from 'Singapore Science Centre') is today seen as an alternate classroom without walls. Through inspiring science and innovative approaches, we now advance our mission to impact even global audiences.
With your continued support, we can not only promote greater science literacy but help create an environment in Singapore where not only our Centre but everyone uses science to befriend and transform the lives of one another.
There is a time capsule buried somewhere in Science Centre! It was sealed in 1973 to commemorate the laying of the Centre’s foundation stone and has been opened three times in 1983, 2001 and 2012 with new mementoes added each time! Since then, the time capsule is yet to be open.
Science Centre Singapore housed the largest Observatory in Southeast Asia! It was built at a cost of $1.2 million and opened on 1 December 1989.
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Click here for the '40 years of Inspiring Science' Press Release.