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The SGH Museum

Free Entry for all visitors


Bowyer Block Clock Tower
Singapore General Hospital 
Outram Road 
Singapore 169608
Tel: (65) 6326 5294

Opening Hours:
By Appointment Only


SGH Museum

SGH MuseumHoused in the Bowyer Block, an architectural landmark in the SGH Campus, the SGH Museum is a repository of artefacts and records, where visitors can trace the long and rich history of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). It is also a place where one can learn about the development of medical specialties and medical education in Singapore, presented in the latest state-of-the-art audiovisual and multimedia technology.

On 11 Nov 2009, RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister, MICA, announced the gazetting on Bowyer Block, as a National Monument. Bowyer Block now joins the ranks of 61 other national monuments in Singapore.

The SGH Museum was officially opened by President S R Nathan on 20 May 2005.The SGH Museum is a member of the National Heritage Board's Museum Roundtable.

The Museum adopts a thematic approach in presenting the Hospital's history of almost 200 years, where visitors get not just an insight into the significant development of the hospital through the years, but also an understanding of the impact these incidents have on the people and the community.

Visitors are encouraged to freely explore the various interactive exhibits and learn about the changing role of the healthcare services in Singapore, as well as a greater understanding of the history, medical breakthroughs and luminaries of SGH.


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StaffThe Staff of Aesculapius

A single serpent encircling upwards around a staff is the traditional symbol of medicine. Made of stainless steel cables and wire sculpted by Singaporean artist Victor Tan.

Visitors can read about Aesculapius (the God of Medicine who is often referred to as the 'blameless physician' by Homer) and as well, on Hippocrates (Father of Western Medicine) and of the Hippocratic Oath - the exemplar for medical etiquette for centuries.

The First Hospital

This section traces SGH's humble beginnings in 1821 when it first started as a wooden shed, highlighting the milestones and defining moments as she develops into a premier hospital.

Hospital Under Siege

Learn first hand account of the hospital under siege during the Japanese Occupation, and get a glimpse into the tenacity of the staff who tended to the sick and war casualties amidst the backdrop of the war.

Our Teaching Hospital

On display are memorabilia from the medical school days at the then King Edward VII College of Medicine, including a silver scroll holder belonging to Dr G.D. Freer, the first Principal of the Medical School, known then as the Straits and Federated Malay States Government Medical School. This is probably the oldest surviving artefact of the Medical School.

Our Alma Mater

See the recreated facade of the King Edward VII College of Medicine Building, the seat of medical education in Singapore. Visitors can also view interviews of ex-medical students reminiscing about their medical school days.

Our Luminaries

This section pays tribute to many of the great doctors who have worked andOur Luminaries walked the halls of SGH. Personal items donated by friends and families of luminaries such as Prof G.A. Ransome and Prof Seah Cheng Siang are also showcased here. A must see is a full-size animatronic figure of the late Professor E.S. Monteiro. The life-like robotic figure moves and speaks in a manner closely resembling the late Professor, "sharing" his philosophy on the art of medicine.

Growth and Modernisation

Learn how the early medical units gave rise to the pioneering and modernisation of medical specialties from 1950s to 1980s.

People's Hospital

Learn about SGH's role as the People's Hospital through the decades, from archival images and interviews with doctors on how the hospital has grown with the nation through the years.

Windows to Our Past (Level 2)

View antiquated medical equipment which are significant to the development of medical specialties in Singapore, including a Dentist Chair and an early dialysis machine.