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The turtle museum you never knew about in Singapore may close for good next year

Fun fact: it’s also the only one of its kind in the world

By Adam Kerr | Oct 23, 2017

  • The turtle museum you never knew about in Singapore may close for good next year
    African Spurred Tortoise at the museum. Photo credit: Flickr user @yeowatzup

The one good thing about Pokemon Go when it launched in Singapore last year was that it got people to go out and about again, revisiting places that are on the brink of being forgotten for good. Media outlets here rode the hype train and dished out where all the hotspots were. Huge public group chats were even formed to exchange info on rare Pokemon sightings—it was pretty surreal. One of the said places was Chinese Garden, where there were reports of players catching the rare Gyrados.

If you were one of the many people who traveled all the way to the west back then, you would’ve probably chanced upon The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum of Singapore, which you would probably not have even heard of prior. However, the lease of this fairly unknown place in Singapore is due to expire next March in light of the upcoming Jurong Lake District development. There are no plans to reopen yet, though the owner has considered places like Kusu Island and Farmart Centre Singapore.

Most of the turtles, which come from around the world like China, Malaysia, South America and Madagascar, are the owner’s own collection. You’ll get to see some species you’ve never encountered before, like the dangerous alligator snapping turtle, the radiated and spider tortoises, the rare golden soft-shell turtle and more. They’ve even earned an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records that's gone unchallenged since 2005 for the largest collection of tortoise and turtle items; 3,456 to be exact, including 1,000 live animals.

If these adorable and mysterious reptiles are your thing, check it out before the museum suffers the fate of many places in Singapore. They're located at 1 Chinese Garden Road (a five-minute walk from Chinese Garden MRT) and operates daily from 10am-7pm. Admission is $5, and yes you can feed the animals there.

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