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Written by Amirthavarshini on May 21, 2020 Share on

National Museum of Singapore- Time Transformed into Space

Museums are proof that time travel is possible! Here’s The National Museum of Singapore navigating us to the black and white times. This majestic building in Stamford Road, Singapore, is the oldest museum in Singapore. the National Museum of Singapore was built in the year 1849. Out of the four museums in Singapore, this museum predominantly portrays the country’s history. Due to its vast historical collection, this museum was also known as the Singapore History Museum. 

Story of the National Museum

The original version of the National Museum of Singapore was designed by its chief architect, Hey McCallum. While its scaled-down version was designed by J. F. McNair. It uses cutting-edge technology to present the nation’s legacy and pride. The National Museum of Singapore is an architectural icon and a renowned landmark. Every year, it hosts various innovative events and festivals. This captures the interest of art lovers from all across the world. A stunning range of events including festivals, performances, film screenings, and exhibitions takes place in the museum. 

National Museum entrance
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When to visit?

The National Museum of Singapore is open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The last entry time for Glass Rotunda is 6:15 PM. For all other galleries, it is 6:30 PM.

Permanent Exhibitions in National Museum of Singapore

Highlighting fresh perspectives of the History, they take you on an immersive voyage. A creative way of storytelling redefines the conventional museum experience. The Museum has three main permanent exhibitions namely An Old New World, Art of the Rehearsal, and Growing Up.

An Old New World

It is an immersive experience that showcases the history of Singapore right from the East Indies to the foundation of Singapore. It also features personal collections from the families of Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar, as well as treasures from the past.

One of the galleries in the museum
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Art of Rehearsal

Art of the Rehearsal is a three-channel video installation by multidisciplinary artist Sarah Choo Jing. This artwork depicts Local dancers of Singapore across various cultures practising along the back lanes of cultural districts in the city. Reflecting on the rigorous and intense training behind the performance, the artist brings out the consistent determination of the performers. 

Growing Up

This gallery offers insight into the experiences of growing up in Singapore during the early 1950s and 1960s through familiar social spaces where children would have spent most of their time.

Imagine standing in the middle of a broad darkened space surrounded by a massive video montage showing everyday life in Singapore while a rousing symphony plays in the background. That’s just a taste of the amazing experience you can expect here. The building itself being a wondrous structure, seamlessly fusing the old with the new, is a treat to our eyes.

The National Museum of Singapore is an elegant neo-classical building with a new modernist extension of glass and metal makes this place an architectural icon of Singapore. Try out the cafes and restaurants that offer excellent authentic Asian food. Do not miss to explore the retail space to pick up some beautiful souvenirs. Its time to rediscover the long lost past in the National Museum of Singapore! Head to the Pickyourtrail and start planning your Singapore travel package. You can also customise your very own itineraries as per your requirements and constraints.

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