Discover the antique musical boxes in the first musical box museum in Singapore.

Musical Boxes were an important symbol of European culture dating back to the 19th century and early 20th century.

Historical resources have shown that Singapore played an integral part in the progress and development of musical boxes in South-east Asia during that time frame. 

In this Singapore’s first musical box museum, we aim to share the historical background from the rise to the fall of the musical boxes to how it made its way to Singapore in the 19th century to the public.

We aim to also, to function as a repository for academic research, education and above all, preservation of such artifacts in Singapore for future generations.

About Us

We are a member of the Museum Roundtable,
a division under the National Heritage Board.

Museum Timeline

03 Nov 2015, Tuesday
Singapore Musical Box Museum Opens to the Public

14 Jan 2016, Thursday
Official Opening of Singapore Musical Box Museum

Key Things to Know

  • The museum compound, Chong Wen Ge, together with Thian Hock Keng temple was awarded UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage 2001 Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation
  • Exhibits over 40 antique musical boxes
  • Featuring “Singanam”, the musical box from one of the first collaborations between Britain and Singapore
  • Detailed tours by in-house curators and research workers

Chong-Wen Ge

Situated at 168 Telok Ayer Street, Chong-Wen Ge or the “Institute for the Veneration of Literature”, was the first educational institution set up in 1849 by the Chinese community in Singapore.

The school housed in a pagoda to the right of Thian Hock Keng temple, which was the most important Hokkien Temple at the time.

In 1915, one of the earliest Chinese girls’ school, Chong Hock Girls’ School, was founded in the adjacent temple pavilion and the premises remained in use until 1970’s. The temple complex was gazetted as a National Monument in 1973. 

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How to get here


168 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068619
(next to Thian Hock Keng temple)




3 mins walk from Telok Ayer Station
5 mins walk from Tanjong Pagar Station
7 mins walk from Raffles Place or Chinatown Station