What to buy now Hell’s Museum opens its fiery gates at Haw Par Villa By TTG Asia / Posted on 28 October, 2021 15:52 Haw Par Villa, a cultural theme park in Singapore, has relaunched with a brand new first-of-its-kind attraction dubbed Hell’s Museum that is dedicated to death and the afterlife. The Museum will be open to the public from Friday (October 29). The opening weekend, October 29-31, will be packed with a series of events and activities, ranging from Chinese ink-painting workshops and yoga under the stars, to guided park tours and Halloween-themed picnics. The entrance to world’s first Hell’s Museum at Haw Par Villa Hell’s Museum provides unique comparative insights on how death and the afterlife are viewed and interpreted across religions, cultures, and the ages. The immersive exhibition features specially commissioned videos and multimedia elements that will offer visitors a better understanding of the commonalities across the world’s major belief systems – and how different communities around the world, as well as in Singapore, draw meaning from death and dying. Stretching over 3,800m², the Hell’s Museum also serves as a prelude to Haw Par Villa’s Ten Courts of Hell, based on Taoist and Buddhist teachings of punishments in the afterlife. “We aim to revitalise this 84-year-old attraction in a three-phased programme, starting with the introduction of the world’s first Hell’s Museum,” said Jeya Ayadurai, chairman of Journeys, which currently manages Haw Par Villa. “Our goal is for Haw Par Villa to be reinvigorated as the heritage gem it truly is, by incorporating new, compelling content to complement the folklore and philosophy behind the Park’s array of over 1,000 statues and 150 dioramas. In doing so, we hope to spark in local and international visitors a keener sense of curiosity and an exploration of Asian art, culture, literature, and religion. The result is a richer appreciation of what our communities share in common.” As part of the reimagining of Haw Par Villa, a line-up of activities will be rolled out in the next few months, including vintage cars display and rides, experiential art performances and the launch of a shipping container hotel at the park. Starting January 2022, the calendar of activities for the public to take part in will include theatrical tours, art walks, pottery and art jamming classes, escape room games and Amazing Races, as well as DIY Tour: Trails of Life. Tickets to the Hell’s Museum are priced at S$18 (US$13) for adults (13 years and above) and S$10 for children (7-12 years only). Due to the subject matter, children under the age of nine are not encouraged to visit the Museum. For the opening weekend, the Park will be open from 09.00 – 12 midnight (last entry: 23.30), while the Hell’s Museum will be open from 10.00 – 20.00 (last entry: 19.00). In conjunction with Halloween, Hell’s Museum will also offer a special limited-edition souvenir to all who visit the museum dressed in Halloween costume. Regular operating hours for the Park are from 09.00 – 22.00 daily, while the Hell’s Museum will be open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10.00 – 18.00 (last entry: 17.00).