Tortoise and Turtles Museum

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Have you ever heard of a Tortoise and Turtles Museum in Singapore? Well, I haven't, until very recently when I was randomly surfing the net to look for places to bring our kiddos to on our day off.

The Tortoise and Turtles Museum is located at the Chinese Garden; a mere 10 minutes walk from Chinese Garden MRT Station. It was our very first time visiting Chinese Garden too!


It is always a good idea to bring carriers out for situations like these. 😅😅😅 When all the kids want to be carried simultaneously, you see a Super Dad coming right up!


Thankfully the stroll was pretty interesting, so the kids decided to come down to walk by themselves so that they can explore the surroundings.


Oh God, me and my unkempt auntie hair. I promise it has seen better days than it being all tied up like this, hahah. Besides, it is really very humid that day. Check out Alexis' hair. Yup!





The place is very quiet and scenic on a regular weekday. Perfect for a quiet stroll!


The Bonsai Garden


Alexis checking out a mysterious snake-on-tortoise rock statue in the middle of the stream.


Yay! We finally arrived after a short stroll from the entrance! We opted to purchase some food for the tortoises, I think we paid about $2 for a bunch of long beans. Damn, those tortoises can really eat!

The museum operators also reminded us to watch our fingers cuz apparently, their jaws are so strong, they can actually snap your finger off!



Nian helping Dylan with the feeding, while Alexis watches eagerly at the side.


The terrapins were the biggest eaters of the day, and they could run so fast! They actually chased Dylan down the road, seeing that he was holding food in his hands.


Alexis watching the tortoise feed itself when she threw the whole string of long beans on the floor.


Apart from the terrapins that were allowed to roam freely, there were also turtles that were kept in tanks that are cleaned on a daily basis.

We were not allowed to throw in any long beans into the tanks though!


Too many things for the little girl to explore.


Some alligator-snapping turtle that opens its mouth during resting. It has little pink coloured wriggly stuff under its tongue that mimicked worms, which will attract fishes to swim closer. Of course, the jaw shuts tight the moment the fish tugs onto the worm, making it a delicious meal for the turtle.



After spending about an hour at the museum, we decided to take our leave as it was reaching mid-noon and the sun was unbearable. Thankfully, there is a stall outside the museum where you can get a drink or two and use the toilets and wash your sticky self up hehe.

As we walked out of the museum from the back, I was marvelled by how pretty the building structure is! So oriental and all picturesque I had to get my people pose with it.


Here is another view where we can enjoy the river scenery as we cross the bridge to exit Chinese Garden.


All in all, if you haven't been to Chinese Garden, I think it is a great place to bring your family to! Apart from taking a relaxing stroll and taking in the interesting features, such as the Stone Boat and Tea House, the Pagodas, Bonsai Garden, Garden of Abundance, so on and so forth. You can check out the whole list here. Also, you can check out the Japanese Garden that is just right beside, if you have the time.

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17 comments

  1. Dylan can really strike a pose like a K girl group band! lol

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    1. IKR! Alexis has been taking a leaf out of Dy's book as well and now the two of them are like supermodels with all the poses LOLOL

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  2. I think I haven't been to Chinese Gardens since I was 10 years old! A bit of a trek for those of us who don't live near the West, but I hear that folks from all over have been going there to catch Pokemon though! :)

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    1. Yes.. Chinese Garden can be a little out of the way, especially if you live in the East!

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  3. The last we went there was before Hubby and I were married. Maybe it is time to bring the kids there now. :)

    Vivien ( Beautiful Chaos )

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    1. Go go! It is very nice and quiet on a regular day... great for the kids to walk around without worrying abt bumping into e-scooters and stuff like that.

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  4. I didn't even know this place existed and I just showed my hub and he seems quite interested to visit. Especially since it's really near us!

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    1. Go, and share the post too! We can do a link up!!! :D

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  5. I took my son there few years back and now planning to take my girl too to explore once again.

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    1. Hehe I would think you would probably see the same tortoises and turtles, but I really enjoyed the feeding session! I think your girl will like it too :D

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  6. We were just at the Chinese Gardens recently - there are a ton of monitor lizards living wild in the area and catching giant carp in the pond!

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    1. Yes! Talking about monitor lizards, we seem to see them a lot wherever we go! The zoo has plenty roaming free and so does the Botanical Gardens too!

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  7. Nearly forgotten there's Chinese Garden. We haven't been there for long time. Time to go back and check it out. Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. I loved this place when I visited a few years ago. A bit ulu but beautiful. Kids love such places - open and with turtles...

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  9. Didn't know this museum exists! How interesting! Will check it out when time permits. Thanks for sharing!

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