Uncover the Proud History of the Lion City at the illustrious National Museum of Singapore
Having opened its doors to the public as early as 1887 the National Museum of Singapore is no ordinary cultural institution in the Lion City. As the chief custodian of the country’s 11 National Treasures the illustrious venue is also the world’s foremost authority on the inspiring story of the city-state, its culture, evolution, multi-ethnic populace and heritage. Housed within a historic structure that dates back to 1849 one could hardly conceive of a more apt venue to showcase the proud history of Singapore than this Renaissance and Neo-Palladian style venue.
Revered as an architectural and national landmark in the country the museum is equally renowned for employing state-of-the art mechanisms to preserve and showcase Singapore’s history to the visiting multitudes. The Singapore History and Living Galleries are prime examples in this respect as the galleries are a far cry from traditional museum spaces of old, instead offering panoramic perspectives on the significant events in history. Marking its 125th anniversary in 2012 the newly refurbished museum now incorporates a Singapore History Gallery as well.
Some of the must-see points of interest within the museum include The William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings at the Goh Seng Choo Gallery while the Singapore History Gallery explores the country’s’ cultural legacy from the 14th century to modern times. The art of filmmaking and Wayang are dealt with in the Singapore Living Galleries in addition to photographic exhibits. Singapore Living Galleries devoted to street food are also found at the venue which also discusses fashion in a separate exhibit. Visitors both young and old can enhance their museum experience by plugging in to the audio-guides available in four languages in all areas of the museum.
Fully equipped with a cutting edge Resource Centre, a museum store and food and beverage outlets are also available for the visitor’s convenience. Hosting engaging programmes and workshops throughout the year some of the highlights in the museum calendar include the intriguing Night Festival.
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