Museums of Singapore – National Museum of Singapore

Recently we picked up walking as an exercise just to be more active and to keep fit. We started walking from Somerset MRT (subway), up to Exeter, Eber Roads and Oxley Rise onto Fort Canning/ Canning Rise. Our final destination was Funan IT Mall. The total distance was about 2km. It was a very relaxing and educational path as we visited 2 museums along the way namely the National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Philatelic Museum. In this post, we’ll just be mentioning 1 of them.

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National Museum of Singapore
Lots of space and light coming through. There are always different exhibits and displays at different times of the year. We happened to visit and had a look at 3 different exhibits. The one with the most impression was from Tan Ngiap Heng’s Fade…

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Fade… was about Tan Ngiap Heng’s father, Tan Kheng Choo, after his stroke. Mr. KC Tan slowly forgot things and was no longer able to hold the family together. This art installation was a meditation on the loss of memory and the resulting loss of self. The exhibit was a dedication to Mr. KC Tan.

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The iPhone images were hung in the space like clouds, alike memories suspended our heads. It was a very meaningful exhibit where images were hung from the left and right hemispheres of the brain portraying the memoirs of a person.

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We could take any photos we like and were also asked to write what we would like to remember most when we cannot recollect anymore, and paste the post it on a board. There were postings on children’s laughter and all things happy. For us, we wrote Family and Friends.

This is on until 25 Jan 2015 at The Platform on level 2. Free admission

The Wedding Guest’s Tail By Shelly Quick from Canada

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This is on until 25 Jan 2015 at The Concourse on level 1. Free admission

Where The Heart Is by Asha Bee Abraham from Australia

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This is on until 25 Jan 2015 at The Concourse on level 1. Free admission

Museum Label is the souvenir shop located on level 1. It houses interesting items and those used in the olden days.

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As Singapore celebrates it’s 50th birthday this year, there was also a booth to pen down what was most memorable to us Singaporeans on a card and drop it into a collection box. The booth can be found outside the Museum Label along the stretch of Food For Thought cafe.

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For Singaporeans, there is free admission for all NHB (National Heritage Board) managed museums. Foreigners or visitors will need to pay a nominal amount and there are packages or passes available.

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Updated 20Jan2015 – At the basement, 7 centuries of Singapore’s defining moments are exhibited. It will be on display till 10 Aug 2015. Free entry for locals and permanent residents. Foreign visitors will need to pay a nominal fee of $6 each. Foreign students and senior citizen visitors will pay $3 each.

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