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Nestled within the hustle and bustle of the Singapore city centre, the iconic National Museum of Singapore features five different permanent exhibitions, allowing visitors to gain an intimate understanding of Singapore's unique history and culture. The museum is also host to numerous festivals and events each year; film screenings, temporary exhibitions and performances add to its status in the Lion City as a de facto hub for the arts. Novus, the museum's resident cafe and bar, provides pricey relief and refreshment for weary visitors.

The museum first opened in 1887 when Singapore was still a part of the British Straits Settlements, and was known as the Raffles Library and Museum, named after Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles. Back then, it was known for its natural history collection of Southeast Asian artefacts. The museum came under the control of the Japanese during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in the 1940s, and was subsequently renamed the National Museum in 1965 when Singapore declared its independence as a nation state. Construction on the museum's impressive building started in 2004, and the National Museum of Singapore opened its doors in December of 2006.

Arguably the museum's main attraction, the History Gallery takes visitors on a trip through time as they experience everything from the struggles faced by Singapore's early settlers to the challenges presented in the 21st century for a modern, rapidly-developing nation. There are two distinct 'paths' that one can take; the events path outlines the major events and personalities that played a significant role in Singapore's history, and the personal path describes life in Singapore during specific periods through anecdotes told by the man on the street. The exhibit detailing a man’s experiences in an opium den during the 1960s is particularly sobering.

A visit to The Companion, the museum’s interactive audio guide, is a must. With over 9 hours of audio, it contains more information than most visitors would require. Many of the exhibits located in the gallery have videos about Singapore’s development playing on LCD screens, and the Companion’s ability to sync with and deliver audio for these videos sets it apart from the plain vanilla audio guides that most of today’s museums provide to their visitors.

The other permanent exhibitions in the museum are the four Living Galleries: Film, Photography, Food and Fashion. These galleries provide a closer look at life in Singapore in each of the categories, and also boast a high level of interactivity in their exhibits. Visitors can view excerpts of early local films and learn about the development of Chinese opera in the Film gallery, browse through photographs depicting typical Singaporean family life through the years in the Photography gallery, enjoy the sights and smells of Singaporean street food during the 1960s and 1970s or marvel at the evolution of women's fashion and clothing in Singapore and how this reflected changing attitudes and mindsets towards women in the Fashion gallery.

Type of place: Museum
Costs: adults S$10, children and seniors S$5
Location: Colonial District, Singapore
Street address: 93 Stamford Road
Nearest public transport: Dhoby Gaut
Opening hours: 10am-6pm daily, last admission 5:30pm
Telephone: +65 63323659
Email: nhb_nm_corpcomms@nhb.gov.sg





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grace
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07-07-2010
by grace
Beautiful architecture
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adibahisa
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17-05-2010
by adibahisa
Excellent overview of Singapore's history and culture.
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adibahisa
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17-05-2010
by adibahisa
High quality and realism of exhibits.
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Impressive use of multimedia technology.
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adibahisa
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Living galleries could be improved with more detail.
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