Re-opening of National Museum of Singapore's Permanent Galleries

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After a hiatus of almost a year, the National Museum of Singapore is ready to re-open its permanent galleries this Saturday 19 September 2015. The re-opening will see an updated Singapore History Gallery, and the new Life in Singapore: The Past 100 Years galleries which present snapshots of the way people lived in Singapore in the last century. The Goh Seng Choo Gallery also returns, featuring works from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings in a new exhibition titled Desire and Danger. The revamped galleries will not only present Singapore’s history in more immersive and innovative ways, but also showcase artefacts that have never been displayed before.

To celebrate the re-opening, the National Museum has put together a fun-filled Opening Weekend Carnival that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 September. Everyone is invited to celebrate the museum’s re-opening at the carnival and to take a refreshed look at Singapore’s history in the new galleries. 

Here’s the programme for the 2 days:






The galleries now have a refreshed layout and updated narrative. They also promise a more engaging and an immersive experience, almost like stepping back in time to the different periods of our history but with a touch of modern technologies. You can expect innovative displays, interactive elements, compelling personal stories that make history and the artefacts come to life.


Let us now take a peek at some of the exhibit in the 3 main galleries.


Singapore History Gallery (Level 1)

The Singapore History Gallery's updated narrative charts the development of the island as it was known through the years as Singapura, Crown Colony, Syonan-To, and finally, Singapore. This gallery is refreshed with updated stories and content on Singapore's history, capturing the nation's defining moments, challenges and achievements from its earliest beginnings 700 years ago to independent, modern city-state it is today.





Japanese Tank (Replica) 


The Singapore Surrender Table (1940s) when the British surrendered unconditionally to the Imperial Japanese Army

Prisoners-Of-War 

The door of the prison cell 




 The journey of merger to independence


 The era when production factories started

Setron, Phillips Singapore and other brands were among the few manufacturing giants then.

 In those days, Rollei cameras were greatly sought after

Along with the urbanisation, was the very polluted Singapore River. Come, smell it!

A home for everyone was one of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's mission. A common scene in HDB corridor. 

Step into the kitchen of an HDB flat from the 1970s to 1980s 




Life in Singapore: The Past 100 Years

Spanning the last 100 years, there are four galleries (Modern Colony, Surviving Syonan, Growing Up and Voices of Singapore) presenting snapshots of everyday life through the different eras in Singapore's history. 

The typical ceiling of an old colony bungalow. You can smell the yummy pastries and tea upon stepping in.  

 The truck in 1930s, which we called luggage bag now.


The types of shoes worn by women in the late 19th century to 1920s 




Severe shortages of basic necessities during the Occupation compelled people to re-use materials from old clothes, curtains, bedsheets to make new garments, and mend new ones. Sewing machines were an indispensable tool in many households for this purpose. 



During the Occupation, all residents were forced to learn Japanese 

 The Ago-Ago days



This bicycle belonged to our current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong. It was given to him at his 11th birthday by his paternal grandmother. Mr Lee has kindly donated it to the National Museum of Singapore.

Remembering the Jurong drive-in cinema

Those were the days, 50 cents.  How much is it now? 





Goh Seng Choon Gallery (Level Two)

Discover the fine line between Desire and Danger at this stimulating new exhibition here. It features creatures that arouse appetites and instil fear, and exotic plants sought for their ability to induce pain or pleasure.


The museum has received support from leading fragrance and flavour developer Givaudan to develop scents that add another sensory dimension to the galleries. This is 1 of seven scent stations for you to discover scents such as tembusu flowers, the breadflower and even the old polluted Singapore River.


Come join the fun at the Carnival this weekend 19 and 20 September 2015!


Visitor Information
Gallery Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm
Admission: Free for Singaporeans, Singapore PRs and visitors below 6. Other adults $10, children and seniors above 65 $5.
Guided Tour: Available on 19 and 20 September 2015, and 3 October 2015 onwards.


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