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ACMI

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, is a museum about the history of film and media, its entrance and its impact in Australia. There are posters, displays from old Films and TV shows, working models of very early video-games systems, a car from Mad Max and other visual displays. Worth a visit for anyone with an interest in Film or TV, and best of all its FREE!

Galleries open daily 09:00 ~ 17:00

ArtScience Museum

The ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay hosts major touring exhibitions (like Harry Potter, Art of Brick, Secrets of the Tomb) in a new designer building modelled after a lotus flower. There is a small permanent exhibition but its not really worth seeing, just keep an eye out for current exhibitions. Usually there are two on at one time, and you can pay to see either or both at a discounted price.

Tickets are usually S$12-20 depending but varies on the exhibition(s). Discounts for locals and EP holders.

Bayfront or Promenade MRT station

Daily 10:00 ~ 22:00 (check website for closures)

Chapultepec Castle

Located on a hill in Chapultepec Park, Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec), is the only Royal Castle in the Americas, previously housing royals Maximilian I and Empress Carlota and several Mexican presidents. It also served as a military academy and an observatory, and now the National Museum of History (Museo Nacional de Historia).

There is quite a nice garden on top, a view over the park and out to the city (you can spot the giant Mexican flag in the Zocalo), beautiful stain-glass windows, red-carpet staircase, etc.

Entrance MX$51
Walk from Metro Chapultepec.
Daily 09:00 ~ 17:00

National Museum of Anthropology

The National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología) is within Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. The museum houses archaeological & anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico and is definitely worth checking out. There are some great artefacts including the Aztec Stone of the Sun, Olmec colossal heads, Mayan Ruins etc.

Much of the information is also translated in English if you want to read up on what your looking at, and you can spend an entire day here if you really wanted to do. However if you just want to walk around and look at the cool stuff it takes 1-2hours. Don’t miss the outdoor sections with larger artefacts too.

Tickets are MX$50
Walk from Auditorio or Chapultepec Stations, in the general Chapultepec Park area but on the main road.

Tues – Sun – 09:00 ~ 19:00

Sherlock Holmes Museum

The World’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his associate Doctor John H. Watson, lived at 221b Baker Street, London, between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Sherlock Holmes Museum is in an old Victorian Boarding house, and while it bears the sign of 221b, it is actually located between 237 and 241 Baker street.

Being a fictional character (sorry to those who believed he was real!) the contents of the museum are more a reference-to, rather than actual belongings-of, S. Holmes. However you can easily imagine the pair living there, with all the furniture, antiques, books, artifacts and mannequins. There’s also a guest book with letters to Holmes, from people all over the world. Next to the Museum is a shop selling all sorts of Holmes merchandise, and where you must buy your tickets from before joining the queue. It gets very busy here, but most people only spend about 20min inside so the line moves quickly.

If you’re a fan of Holmes then you will enjoy it, and at £6 its not expensive. If you’re not that interested you could just visit the souvenir shop!

They are currently finishing off a Library room downstairs from the shop and they hope to open this soon. Also look out for the Sherlock Holmes wall patterns inside Baker Street Station, which is just down the road from the museum.

Daily 09:30am~18:00

London Science Museum

Just next to the NHM is London’s Science Museum. It’s kind of targeted towards kids, but there’s enough to keep adults interested with some old cars, a plane, trains, big engines, the Apollo 10 Command Module, and some of interactive displays.

FREE entry! Go to South Kensington Tube Station and follow the signs.
Open Daily 10:00 ~ 18:00

Natural History Museum, London

The main entrance to the Natural History Museum lands you in the “Green Zone”, which, along with the “Blue Zone” holds the best displays at the museum, including a full Diplodocus Skeleton in the entrance hall! As the museum is popular, there can also be a huge line to get in here, so you might be better off walking around the corner to the side entrance (right near the Science Museum entrance) that starts in the “Red Zone”. However once you go up the escalator and into the Earth sculpture (made from iron, zinc and copper), this section is pretty boring, so you will probably head straight back to the Green Zone, but you’ve managed to bypass the the queues.

General admission is FREE, but you need tickets for temporary exhibits which are often worth the money, like the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Open Daily 10:00 ~ 17:50
Closed Dec 24-26