S'poreans and PRs enjoy free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today

Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) here can start enjoying free admission to 11 museums and exhibition centres from today.

This includes three more places of interest - the Singapore Discovery Centre, Memories at Old Ford Factory and the Army Museum of Singapore - which were added to the list, said Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong.

The move to offer entry to museums year-round was announced by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) in March this year. The original eight include: the the Asian Civilisations Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Malay Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall .

"All of these heritage institutions together with our national museums, I think they collectively keep alive the Singapore story, provide links to our past and they help to strengthen a sense of common identity," said Mr Wong, who was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the launch of Children's Season at the National Museum of Singapore on Saturday.

In it's sixth year, the Children's Season is an annual event to engage children and their families through various programmes and it will span across 19 museums islandwide this year.

Apart from having more interactive exhibitions like Children's Season, another way will be to explore how social media can be used to engage citizens. One such example is a new national art project by the MCCY called "Tomorrow's Heritage".

Members of the public can take part by uploading photos to the ministry's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SingaporeMCCY, and stand to win prizes after the contest closes on June 30.

The third way will be to invest more in the national collection, along with what Mr Wong said at the Committee of Supplies debate in March, where he also announced the introduction of free admission to museums.