An unusual museum 30 feet (nine meters) beneath Fort Canning Hill, the secretive British military fort known as Battlebox once played an important role in Singapore’s history. Used by the Malaya Command to defend Singapore during World War II, the bunker was where Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival ultimately surrendered Singapore to the Japanese, marking the decline of the British Empire. Today, the cavernous space is filled with lifelike wax mannequins and antique photos and video clips that depict what it was like to live and strategize within the gray, 29-room labyrinth during the final days of the war.
Address: 2 Cox Terrace, 179622, Singapore
Hours: By guided tour only; Mon: 1:30, 2:45, & 4pm; Tues–Sun: 9:45, 11am, 1:30, 2:45, & 4pm
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Explore a former British underground command center on a tour of The Battlebox, a bomb-proof shelter beneath Singapore’s Fort Canning. Learn about Singapore and Britain’s tragic WWII history, hear the inside stories and strategies behind the dramatic British surrender.
Learn about the historic battles of Singapore on a guided tour of Fort Canning Hill and the Battlebox, a former World War II command center located in the heart of the city. Follow an informative guide through the 26-room warren under Fort Canning Hill, an unsuspecting spot steeped in history. Visit a cemetery and hear about the country’s fate from the 14th century to the modern era.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Battlebox hours of operation?
Battlebox hours of operation: By guided tour only; Mon: 1:30, 2:45, & 4pm; Tues–Sun: 9:45, 11am, 1:30, 2:45, & 4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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