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Last updated on July 21st, 2019 at 11:38 am

Raffles Hotel Museum, Singapore

Step into the past with a visit to Singapore’s historic hotel and museum – Raffles Hotel Museum. It is an iconic, colonial-style hotel that opened in 1887, and after some major renovations, it reopened in 1991. This hotel is a luxurious choice for travellers and tourists who appreciate history and old-fashioned charm. Currently, it has numerous amenities along the arcade that add to its iconic feel: high-end designer shops, beautiful gardens, and antique-filled areas.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and is free of charge. Visitors can spend half a day and not even see all the authentic memorabilia the museum has displayed.

Brief History

Raffles Hotel Museum, a legendary hotel, was built in the late 1800s by four Armenian brothers namely – Arshak Aviet, Martin and Tigrin. The hotel started its peak in the early 20th century and just continuously prospered. Although, like most businesses, it started with smaller beginnings and grew in time. It was originally a 10 room colonial mansion and had been expanded until the mansion grew bigger, and wings were constantly added to the main building.

In 1991, the Hotel underwent a major renovation to serve its guests better. But still, the fascinating artifacts are well preserved and displayed alongside the Hotel’s collection of travel memorabilia.

Raffles Hotel

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Raffles Hotel is one of the world’s well-known luxurious hotels where the rich and famous choose to stay. Some of their many well-known guests were Charlie Chaplin, George Bush, and Michael Jackson. This hotel is perfect for experiencing elegant refinement and gracious living. From the luxurious accommodations to stunning tropical gardens, Raffles Hotel offers nothing but the best luxurious service. Besides this, it pays homage to the history of the hotel through the displays of letters, postcards, photos, and numerous artifacts and memorabilia. This historic hotel is a must-see for tourists who want to catch a glimpse of a beautiful history of Singapore.

Things to do

What to do in Singapore’s most graceful landmark? Aside from walking around and appreciating the museum’s artifacts and memorabilia, there are still other interesting things to do.

Eat or Sweat

Enjoy the sumptuous food and the luxurious ambiance with the hotel’s feature of fifteen distinctive restaurants and bars that recall the atmosphere of the bygone era. But if you want to get that blood pumping and burn calories instead, a fitness center and an outdoor pool are available for guests.

Spend time and money

Go shopping along the shopping arcade with a number of high-end designer brands. Some guests need a wider selection of choices, so, just for a short drive lies the Esplanade. It is an extravagant and modern shopping mall with a wide variety of shops and restaurants to choose from.


Raffles Hotel also offers its guests an experience of relaxation and nurturing in their Spa. It is a perfect place to spend some luxurious time and experience an ancient healing art that may help in your health, wellness, and fitness goals.

Besides a nurturing massage, you might want to spend more time pampering yourself. A number of beauty parlours and clinic surround the Hotel which makes it more convenient. Perhaps you would want to get beauty skin treatment? Sozo Clinic is a Medical Aesthetics & Hair Clinic which offers a wide variety of beauty treatments for skin, hair, and even non-surgical body contouring. Take look at our services and what we have to offer.

Here’s some driving instruction you can follow:

Head northeast on Beach Rd towards Seah St. Turn left at Middle Rd, and continue until South Bridge Rd. Take a Left. Continue down towards North Bridge Rd and turn left onto Pickering St. Keep going down Pickering and then Church St until you get to Market Street and turn left. Go down Market Street and Sozo Clinic in Raffles Shopping Centre will be on your right. Click here to open up on mobile


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After graduating from the National University of Singapore, Dr Boey’s journey in aesthetics brought him to esteemed institutions such as Harvard Medical School, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Queen Mary University of London in diverse cities like Seoul, London, Boston and New York.