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It’s a small world of musical boxes

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Whenever we hear ‘musical box’ the soothing melodies of Für Elise starts playing in our head. Musical boxes were a popular and important symbol of European culture back in the 19th and 20th Centuries. During the colonial era, Singapore played a major role in the progress and development of musical boxes in Southeast Asia.

The museum officially opened on 14 January 2016, and it is still fairly new. It is housed in the Chong Wen Ge building. Translated to the “Institute for the Veneration of Literature”, it was the first educational institute set up in 1849 by the Chinese community in Singapore. In 1915, it became Singapore’s first Hokkien girls’ school, Chong Hock Girls’ School. 

Come visit the Singapore Musical Box Museum where you get to discover how musical boxes gain traction, how they made their way to our shores in the 19th Century, and be enchanted by antique musical boxes!

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