National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

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    National Museum of Singapore

    by imstress Updated Oct 17, 2007

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    National Museum of Singapore is located need the Dhoy Ghaut MRT at Stamford Road. It presents the history of Singapore from the 14th century to the present. The exhibition galleries are divided into History Gallery and Living Galleries.

    History Gallery presents selected pieces of collection from 14th century to present. It is presented using a story telling approach where personal testimonials and videos are exhibited.

    The Living Galleries are made up of Fashion, Film, Food and Photography.

    Admission charges are at $10 for adults. You may admit for free to the Living Galleries after 6pm to 9pm.

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    Singapore History Museum

    by imstress Updated Oct 17, 2007

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    The Singapore History Museum is located at Riverside Point near Clarke Quay. It presents Singapore's history through stories of people who lived along the Singapore River.

    Admission is $2 and free admission is on Fri from 7pm to 9pm.

    *closed (moved to National Museum of Singapore)

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    new National Museum of Singapore

    by Skylink Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    The museum is not officially opened. It will be opened later in 2006. However, one exhibit has already opened. I think they want to delay the grand opening until more of the museum is ready. It is at the east end of Orchard Road, next to the YMCA and very near MRT Dhoby Ghaut. It is a nice looking building.

    From September 30 to October 17, 2006, there was a Cartier exhibit that did not charge admission. It has now closed and replaced with another exhibition. See what's on exhibit when you are in Singapore.

    EDIT: The museum has opened. As I write this, it's the first opening day (Dec 7th, 2006)! Too bad that I am not there!

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    Singapore National Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Written Feb 18, 2007

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    This recently re-opened Museum gives a great overview of Singapore History and every day life in Singapore. The museum is very engaging and Singapore history is laid out in a very interactive way with a good balance between story boards and artifacts.

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    Reopened National Museum of Singapore

    by SLLiew Written Dec 18, 2006

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    This is the latest new tourist destination as the National Museum has completed renovation and reopen this December 6. Admission is $10 for adult but got a complimentary opening ticket using my e-Museum card.

    There is a Living Gallery and History Galleries. Very informative exhibits as each visitor is given an audio headphone and you press the number at each location or picture. There is an event perspective option and an individual perspective option and so makes it a bit complicated initially.

    There is also a visiting exhibit of Austrian Empress Therese.

    Highly recommended in this historic building with modern creativity.

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    Singapore History Museum

    by phil_uk_net Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    I really enjoyed this museum. The reason is that it gives just the right amount of information and presents the information in an interesting way.
    There are a number of display cases showing scenes throughout Singapore's history with a brief explanation of what is happening. In a brief period of time it is possible for someone with no previous knowledge of the country's history to get a good overview.

    The artefact that I enjoyed most was the actual Union Flag that was captured by the Japanese Army in 1942. It was taken by a Japanese soldier who wrote an inscription on it in Japanese to commemorate the victory. Two years later the flag was found on the dead soldier by an English soldier.

    For a small fee there is a 3D presentation of Singapore's history which is very good and worth seeing. The 3D special effects are great and you will really think that you are seeing a dogfight in the skies in front of you during the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942! Here is a tip though. You only need the special glasses for the 3D parts of the filmshow. Take off the glasses for the non-3D parts as they will look better.

    The museum is free to enter on Friday evenings between 6pm and 9pm but it is not that expensive to get in anyway - just S$3 or S$4 including the 3D show.

    Update October 2003.
    On 28th April 2003 the museum was closed for an extensive refurbishment and will reopen in 2006. When it does it should be fabulous. Meanwhile a temporary museum has been opened at Riverside Point. I did go along but it is not a patch on the original and was quite disappointing. Roll on 2006 ...

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    Singapore History Museum

    by trisanna Updated Jul 20, 2007

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    the grand dome at the Singapore History Museum

    The Singapore History was recently renovated and reopened to the public the beginning of 2007. Inside this colonial building, there are vast relics of Singapore's pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial past. You can easily spend a day visiting the museum. There are a few galleries on singapore's pop culture, music, fashion and film, etc. Then there is the winding dome (where you get a free audio/video guide) that gives you lots of information on the item you are seeing. It's a little disneyesque, but you get a great idea of the history of Singapore. I thought the pre WWII, WWII and Singapore's struggle for independence were done quite well.

    There is a decent cafe on the first floor as well as a fine dining restaurant, called Novus. Nice gift shop!

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    NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

    by balhannah Written Nov 20, 2011

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    First of all, if you are not into Museum's, still do come here for a look, as the garden has many quirky sculpture's, and the colonial building is well worth seeing from the outside.
    During colonial days, it was known as "Raffles' Library and Museum," - Singapore's first museum and library. Back then, it was mainly natural history and ethnography.

    The oldest part of the Museum is the front block, where Raffle's Library & Museum was located in 1887.

    There is a sad story about the building of the magnificent Dome. Two Chinese construction worker's had the job of building the Dome. Unfortunately, the Dome proved so daunting that it drove the first contractor to madness.

    Well, the Museum grew and grew, with a new parallel rear block being added in 1907.
    It became known as the Singapore History Museum, dedicated to the presentation of Singapore’s history and heritage in 1993, and in 2003, was renovated, and a glass Rotunda was added.
    It re-opened in 2006 as the National Museum of Singapore and is Singapore's oldest museum.

    OPEN.....10 - 6pm DAILY

    ADMISSION IS FREE

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    National Museum: Nice Little Museum

    by bustero Written Jun 13, 2007

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    Since it was my kids second time to visit Singapore , we figured we would do something a little bit different by going to the History Museum. It's an old colonial structure right accross the Singapore Management University and has some very cool features. Basically 2 parts, the main centerpiece exhibit tells the story of singapore in two tracks...literally. YOu choose one track which is based on the lives of common people and how events and situtions were during their time and the more traditional story of how singapore was founded by Raffles and Uncle Lee etc. This has an included personal electronic tour device with headset (free) so you can go at your own pace. The walkthrough is probably about an hour without rushing it or reading everything. The second part is four rooms focusing on a variety of cultural life: textile, film, food and cant'remember the other one. When we were there there was a travelling exhibit also included (actually free) from the Arab world. All in all a worthwhile way to spend half a day in the city. It's not expensive at all prob around 5 sing per person.

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    TRAVELLING EXHIBITION'S & NATIONAL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Nov 20, 2011

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    When on holiday's, it always pays to check out the Information centre, just incase there is an interesting exhibition or perhaps an Opera, or musical, a sporting event, anything that you may wish to see.

    I found out, that the National Museum had on display for a limited time...........

    the "Treasures of Vacheron Constantin," - a Legacy of Watchmaking since 1755.

    I read the brochure, and we went for a look, it didn't cost a cent!
    There were many different watches on display from all era's, some of them were extremely beautiful. No expense was spared on the making of these watches. Many were bedecked with Rubie's, Emerald's and Diamond's. A lot of the Stop Watches were hand painted, some were porcelain watches.

    I was so glad we were able to see this exhibition.
    They even did FREE GUIDED TOURS!

    Exhibition's are changing all the time.

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    INSIDE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

    by balhannah Written Nov 20, 2011

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    We have looked at the outside of the Museum, the travelling Exhibition, and now it's time to see the rest of the Museum that is on permanent display.

    Probably my favorite, was the costumes that Opera singer's and Film star's wore. These were something to see, as was the old Puppet Theatre. It was so beautiful! and so were the Puppet's, so different to the ones of today.
    I did like seeing the old photograph's, there wasn't much else that appealed to me.

    Check out the website for permanent and special exhibition's.

    It is free, so it didn't matter so much that I wasn't altogether impressed with the whole lot!

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    National Museum: Nice Little Museum

    by bustero Written Jun 13, 2007

    Since it was my kids second time to visit Singapore , we figured we would do something a little bit different by going to the History Museum. It's an old colonial structure right accross the Singapore Management University and has some very cool features. Basically 2 parts, the main centerpiece exhibit tells the story of singapore in two tracks...literally. YOu choose one track which is based on the lives of common people and how events and situtions were during their time and the more traditional story of how singapore was founded by Raffles and Uncle Lee etc. This has an included personal electronic tour device with headset (free) so you can go at your own pace. The walkthrough is probably about an hour without rushing it or reading everything. The second part is four rooms focusing on a variety of cultural life: textile, film, food and cant'remember the other one. When we were there there was a travelling exhibit also included (actually free) from the Arab world. All in all a worthwhile way to spend half a day in the city. It's not expensive at all prob around 5 sing per person.

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    National Museum of Singapore

    by zuyao Updated Mar 19, 2007

    Great museum to visit. It's just been renovated and reopened to the public. If you are driving, park at Fort Canning park behind the museum. It's free on Sundays.

    The museum is divided into 2 sections - Singapore History Gallery and Singapore Living Galleries.

    The Singapore Living Galleries feature life in Singapore - food, customs, fashion, entertainment etc. It provides a glimpse of how the life and culture of Singaporeans were in the old days.

    The Singapore History Gallery is the best part. You'll be provided a portable companion device which will guide you through the entire gallery. The gallery walks you through the history of Singapore from pre-historic time through colonial, war & independence. A very insightful tour and the experience is great.

    Opening Hours: 10 am - 6pm Daily (History Gallery)/ 10am - 9pm Daily (Living Galleries)
    To roam around the compound without entering any of the galleries is free. An admission fee of $10 for adult is charged for entering the galleries.

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    now knowned at the National Museum of Singapore

    by bleusummers Updated Oct 9, 2006

    The newly renovated National Museum will open officially this December to bring you on a journey of our vibrant culture and heritage It would definitely to cool to visit even before it opens officially as there several season events going on now.

    - Now till Nov 14: Singapore Biennale - Showcase of comtemporary art from many overseas artists. Personally I liked mysterious the feel of the exhibits presented in the National Museum.

    - Now till Nov 29: Cine Singapore - Come and view Made-in-Singapore films! I will definitely catch this soon!

    I think to fully experience Singapore, making a trip the National Museum of Singapore is simply not to be missed. Besides that, you can always drop by Fort canning, which is nearby, for a good stroll.

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