Call for research material

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We are constantly working hard to improve the Battlebox experience and acquire fresh artefacts, archival material and wartime oral accounts, in order to attain more information about the Battlebox during WWII, and also to better tell the story of how and why Singapore fell in 1942.

If you have anything to contribute or share with us, be it original artefacts, old documents or wartime experiences, please email the Battlebox research team at

Thank you very much!

The Battlebox will reopen in phases


Welcome to the Battlebox!

After closing for a couple of years for renovations and infrastructural works, the Battlebox reopened with a soft launch on 13 February 2016.

In Phase 1 of reopening, the bunker will be open for English-language guided tours by a team of professional docents.

The official launch of the Battlebox will take place on 28 June 2016. More details will be revealed at a later time.

After that, Phase 2 of the reopening of the Battlebox will kick in, allowing the admission of free-and-easy visitors together with multimedia guides. We will also progressively install more exhibits and artefacts.

Phase 3, around the end of the year or in early 2017, will see us introducing 3D and 4D experiences depicting air, land and sea battles over Malaya and Singapore.

It’s an exciting time to work at the Battlebox!


Getting it right: Our TripAdvisor page


The Battlebox’s TripAdvisor page has been receiving very good reviews so far – and we have YOU to thank for all your kind words of support and encouragement so far!

Please note, however, that our page’s name is “Battlebox” – ONE word. There is another TripAdvisor page out there with the name “Battle Box” – two words – and that is NOT the correct page, run by us. Please do not leave reviews or feedback there.

Thank you!


An FAQ in 60 seconds


The Battlebox is a former WWII-era underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill, a hill in the heart of Singapore City.

It was there that the British made the decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.

Today, the Singapore History Consultants organises daily guided tours into the Battlebox to 1) relive the strategies and battles that led to the decision to surrender; 2) show you how a WWII underground command centre functioned in the past.

See below for more information on the tours, and how to get tickets. Thank you and have a great time reliving history in the Battlebox!

Half price for Battlebox tours

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To commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Battle for Singapore, A Story of Strategy & Surrender: The Battlebox Tour™ will be offered at half price for a limited time.

That is $7.50 for adults, and $4 for children.

From 13 to 28 February 2016, the last tour slot of each day – 4pm to 5pm – will go at this special rate.

Places are limited, so please register now to avoid disappointment!

Terms & Conditions

1. This offer is limited to the last time slot of 4pm to 5pm, from 13 to 28 February 2016. The usual price applies for the other time slots on other dates.

2. This offer is not valid for group bookings.

3. To enjoy the promotional price, visitors will have to register online for their preferred date. Please register by sending an e-mail to Confirmation of registration will be subject to availability of slots.

4. Visitors will need to present the confirmation e-mail upon purchase of tickets at the Battlebox Visitor Centre. You may either print or flash us the confirmation e-mail on your mobile devices.

5. When registering, visitors need to provide the following details:

a) Full name(s) of all tour participants

b) Preferred date of tour

c) Alternative date of tour (if the preferred date has no available tour slots)

d) Nationality

e) Country of residence

6. Tickets are to be purchased at the Battlebox Visitor Centre (2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622). Cash or NETS payment only.

7. Admission into the Battlebox is inclusive of the guided tour. The guided tour is 1 hour long.

Battle for Singapore: The Stories of War

The Battlebox officially opens in March 2016, but to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Battle for Singapore, and to honour the sacrifices made by soldiers and civilians alike, the former underground command centre will be open for sneak previews from 13 February 2016.

From 12 to 28 February 2016, NHB will offer 30 tour runs to six World War II-related sites and structures in Singapore, including Pasir Panjang Ridge, Tiong Bahru, and Mount Imbiah in Sentosa.

From now to 28 February 2016, the National Heritage Board will also be partnering other heritage experts, community groups and Museum Roundtable (MR) member-museums in presenting Singapore’s war stories through a series of guided tours to World War II sites, special programmes at MR museums and institutions, and public talks.

The Battle for Singapore 2016 project not only observes the significance of this period in Singapore’s history, but also serves as a channel for Singaporeans today to understand the resilience and unity of our forefathers during the tumultuous war years.