Civil Defence Heritage Gallery

The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery traces fire fighting and civil defence developments in Singapore from the late 1800s till today. Located within the Central Fire Station, it showcases the proud history of the Singapore Civil Defence Force and aims to heighten public awareness on civil defence.

The gallery which was built in 1909, also provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about Singapores colonial past and the development of civil defence technology.

Embark on a chronological tour of civil defence’s progression in Singapore, with displays of antique fire engines and others.

Customised interactive stations for a close-up experience of what fire fighters and rescuers undergo in an operation.
A comprehensive public education corner providing information on handling emergencies.
Tours up the hose tower of the Central Fire Station – Singapore’s highest point during the 1920s.
Tour Details

Guided Gallery Tour
Admission to the Guided Gallery Tour is free. The operating dates / hours are from Tuesdays to Sundays between 10am to 5pm.
In view of space constraints in the gallery and for the safety of visitors, the guided tour is available for a maximum group size of 40 people at any one time.

A one-hour guided tour is available for group visits. For walk-in visitors, audio-guides are available in English, Mandarin, Malay and Japanese. All tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Tower Tour
Admission to the Tower Tour is free. The operating dates / hours are on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7pm to 8pm. The Tower Tour is organised for a group visit of a maximum of 20 people.

Visitors will get the rare chance to ascend the 30-metre tower at the Central Fire Station and to experience the watch duty fireman performing fire surveillance duties from the tower top during the 1900s.

For safety reasons, we do not allow children lower than 1.2 meters to accompany the adults during the tower tour. We also do not encourage visitors with height phobia and heart related ailments to join the tour. For ladies, we encourage them to come in proper dress to enable them to ascend and descend the spiral staircase and cat ladders.

Opening Hours
10.00am – 5.00pm
Closed on Mondays


Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
62 Hill Street
Singapore 179367

(65) 6332 2996

(65) 63322994

Getting There
By MRT: Nearest MRT Station is City Hall
By Bus: No. 7, 12, 14, 16, 32, 33, 36, 64, 65, 77, 97, 103, 106, 111, 124, 131, 139, 166, 167, 171, 174, 190, 197, 501, 511, 518, 602, 605 & 607