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Singapore’s Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum seeks support amid struggles

Owner of Singapore’s Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum, appeals for urgent support as the museum faces financial crisis amid declining visitors and impending relocation.



SINGAPORE: The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum, a cherished establishment in Singapore for over two decades, is now encountering a significant challenge, prompting its owner, Connie Tan, to urgently seek support from the public.

Founded in 2001 by Ms Tan and her father, the museum has expanded to boast the largest collection of turtles and tortoises globally, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

However, in a recent video shared on social media (20 April), Ms Tan unveiled the museum’s precarious financial situation, attributing it partly to a notable drop in visitor numbers amidst ongoing redevelopment nearby.

“We are already into the third week of April [and] we are less than 30% of our operations cost,” she lamented.

“So, yes. We are in trouble.”

Construction efforts since 2023, aimed at revitalizing the area surrounding the museum, have led to confusion among potential visitors, many of whom assume the museum is closed due to the construction and unclear access routes.

“The whole piece of land here is due for redevelopment and we are suffering because of that. Every one of you thinks that we are closed,” she expressed.

Another employee also highlighted the stark difference, noting the previous long queues compared to the current lack of visitors.

“I hope you guys will come back and support us, really.”

Ms Tan disclosed that the museum is currently struggling to cover its operational costs, with funds depleting rapidly.

Despite dipping into personal savings to sustain the business, she fears that without increased visitation, the museum may not survive beyond the next few months.

Expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support following her appeal, Ms Tan emphasized the crucial role of visitor attendance in ensuring the museum’s survival.

The uncertainty surrounding the museum’s relocation further compounds its financial challenges.

Although slated to move to a new location, delays in the process have left Ms Tan uncertain about the timeline and associated expenses.

Nonetheless, she remains hopeful, buoyed by the solidarity and pledges of support from the community.

“Today we need all the support we can get. Be in the social media, come to us, pet the turtles, visit us.”

Previously situated in the ORTO development, the museum faced displacement due to future residential developments in the area.

Negotiations secured its continued presence at ORTO temporarily, pending relocation to a new site.

A fundraising initiative has been launched to aid in the museum’s transition, underscoring the collective effort to preserve this cultural institution.

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Chinese and Japanese gardens were supposed to be finished “renovating” by the end of 2022.

It is now coming to Q2 of 2024. The “renovation” has gone 1 year and 4 months beyond its expected completion time.

Not only are locals and tourists affected by the closure of a “landmark” of Singapore. But businesses too.

Can any millionaire minister explain the delays?

Or ask Loong to enslave the turtle museum loh then charge admin fee so that it can continue … Since he tag himself to turtle with turtle power … Or see whether any ninja turtles wanna adopt their pals and put the ninja turtle mascot there to attract crowd … Show format … All these the empires know very well …. No?!?

The turtle aren’t supposed to be in captivity … So the idea to release is good or else can turtle qualify for CDC vouchers or climate change vouchers ….

Should consider moving to Ubin or Sentosa. If moving to Ubin, consider freeing the turtles to roam freely around the island. Just make sure nobody takes them off the island. If moving to Sentosa (more feasible business wise), maybe can get Genting Resorts World to pitch in with some funding or the Singapore Tourism Promo Board.