Exhibition on 700 years of Singapore's history to open at the National Museum

Exhibition on 700 years of Singapore's history to open at the National Museum

The immersive exhibition will take visitors through the country's annals - from a humble fishing village to the independent nation-state it is today.


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Here is the media statement from the National Museum of Singapore:

Singapore's history comes alive at the National Museum of Singapore!

Redefining museum experience with the launch of SINGAPURA: 700 Years

SINGAPORE, 27 October 2014 - The National Museum of Singapore is launching SINGAPURA: 700 Years, an immersive and interactive exhibition that unravels seven centuries of our nation's history and redefines the conventional museum experience.

Visitors will be transported back in time to relive significant milestones in Singapore's history vis-à-vis an experiential showcase supported by elaborate displays and interactive platforms. With the closure of the Singapore History Gallery on 3 November, SINGAPURA: 700 Years will be one of the exhibitions that will be opened to the public during the Museum's revamp.

Angelita Teo, Director of National Museum of Singapore, says, "SINGAPURA: 700 Years is really an exhibition for the entire family to learn about our 700-year history through a holistic, immersive and multi-sensory experience. Visitors will virtually 'jump into an exciting storybook' of Singapore's history, walking through the exhibition and experiencing what it might have felt like then.

"We will also showcase how archaeology in Singapore has been a significant contributor to understanding our past and feature three of our well-loved dioramas that were part of the museum's presentation in the 90s. Come visit the exhibition, and be taken on a whirlwind journey of our nation's history."

An experiential showcase to bring Singapore's history to life

SINGAPURA: 700 Years exhibition is a 'time machine' that will bring visitors away from modernity and back to critical points in the nation's history.

Enjoy the lulls of the old fishing village from the 14th century, walk through the hustle and bustle of the busy trading streets under the British rule, and go behind the bars as a prisoner-of-war to experience the oppression of the Japanese Occupation.

Interactivity is a key element in this exhibition and visitors will be able to share the excitement and apprehension of families stepping out of their kampong (village) lifestyle and into a Housing Development Board (HDB) flat for the very first time, setting up their own communities under a re-created HDB void deck complete with chess tables and chairs and relive fond childhood memories by riding on an actual merry-go-round in a playground setting.

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