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Science Centre Singapore

Entrance of the Science Centre

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Science Centre Singapore is located in Singapore

Science Centre Singapore

Location within Singapore

Former name

Singapore Science Centre
Established10 December 1977; 46 years ago
Location15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Coordinates1°20′00″N 103°44′08″E / 1.333201°N 103.735601°E
TypeScience museum
AccreditationAsia Pacific Network of Science & Technology Centres (ASPAC)
CEOLim Tit Meng
ChairpersonTan Yen Yen
OwnerGovernment of Singapore

The Science Centre Singapore, previously known as Singapore Science Centre[1] is a scientific institution in Jurong East, Singapore, specialising in the promotion of scientific and technological education for the general public. It houses over 850 exhibits over eight exhibition galleries and receives over a million visitors every year. In 2003, it celebrated its silver jubilee.


A bird's eye view of the Science Centre in the evening

The Science Centre was carved out of the National Museum of Singapore as a separate institution sánh that the latter could focus on its artistic and historical collections. This idea was first mooted in 1969 by the former Science Council of Singapore, now known as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), and was approved by the government.

The SCS building's design was decided by an architectural competition organised by the Science Centre Board, in which Raymond Woo architects' entry was selected. Built at a cost of S$12 million on a 60,000-square-metre (650,000 sq ft) site in Jurong East, it was officially opened on 10 December 1977 by Dr. Toh Chin Chye, the Minister-in-charge of the centre.

In 1987, the centre saw a significant expansion with the opening of Singapore's first and only OMNIMAX theatre, the Omni-Theatre. Costing $18 million, it has a 276-seat theatre underneath a 23-metre (75 ft) tilted dome.

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In 1999, a $38 million renovation expanded the centre's exhibition space with larger open areas, a direct connection to tát the separate Omni-Theatre building, as well as a new entrance. In 2000, Snow City, a recreation of a −5 °C (23 °F) environment in tropical Singapore, was phối up beside the Omni-Theatre.

On 7 December 2007, in its 30th anniversary year, the centre rebranded itself as the Science Centre Singapore (SCS).


The Observatory at the Science Centre is one of the few observatories in the world located next to tát the Equator


The Science Centre Observatory is situated at 15.27 metres (50.1 ft) above mean sea level and is one of the few observatories in the world located next to tát the equator. Its unique position allows constellations in both the northern and southern celestial hemispheres to tát be observed.


The main telescope of the Observatory is a 40-centimetre (16 in) Cassegrain reflector of a combined focal length of 520 centimetres (200 in).[2] The sub-telescope is a 15-centimetre (5.9 in) apochromatic Kepler refractor with a focal length of 180 centimetres (71 in). The equatorial mount for the telescopes was designed for Singapore's unique location; the accompanying English yoke provides the stability needed for the drive and tracking mechanisms. The 5.5-metre (18 ft) stainless steel dome can be made to tát swivel in any direction and its shutter can be made to tát slide open for the telescope to tát be focused on to tát interesting objects in the sky.

Stargazing sessions[edit]

The Observatory has been open to tát the public for stargazing sessions every Friday night since June 2006. The opening hours are from 7:50 to tát 10:00 pm. The Observatory can comfortably accommodate 50 visitors per session. It is important to tát note that stargazing through the observatory telescope is only possible when the sky is clear. However, regardless of weather conditions, the staff will be present.

Relocation plans[edit]

On 4 April 2008, the Urban Redevelopment Authority announced plans to tát relocate the Science Centre next to tát Chinese Garden MRT station within ten to tát 15 years.[3]

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On 24 May 2019, the Science Centre board awarded a multi-disciplinary team led by Architects 61 for the design of the new centre, expected to tát be ready by 2025. It said the team, which includes Zaha Hadid architects, submitted the "best proposal which reflected the boldness of scientific endeavour and future focused Stem aspirations".[4]

The new design was unveiled on 2 December 2022, with completion now scheduled for 2027.

See also[edit]

  • List of tourist attractions in Singapore
  • List of science centers#Asia


  1. ^ "The Singapore Science Centre turns 30!" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  2. ^ Chong, S. M. (Siew Meng), 1950- (2002), Photographic atlas of the moon, Lim, Albert (Albert Chee Hoon), 1959-, Ang, P.. S. (Poon Seng), 1960-, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780511158155, OCLC 905960714{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Blueprint for Jurong unveiled: URA plans to tát transform Jurong Lake District into a unique lakeside destination for business and leisure, Urban Redevelopment Authority, 4 April 2008.
  4. ^ "New Science Centre to tát be ready around 2025". Straits Times. 25 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Official website