A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum, with a history dating back to its inception in 1887. In its early years, the museum was well known for its zoological and ethnographic collections of Southeast Asia, especially Malaya and British Borneo before the World War II. The museum was also a centre of research and knowledge; directors and curators were by and specialists of good research accomplishments.
After Singapore’s independence in 1965, the museum focused its collection to nation-building and the history of Singapore. Its zoological collections were moved to the biology department of the National University of Singapore and to some other museums such as in Kolkata in India and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Its most iconic artefact was the skeleton of a blue whale found in Port Dickson in 1893 and was displayed from 1903 to 1969. The museum then featured exhibits on history, ethnology and arts of Singapore and the region.
Reopened in December 2006 after three years of extensive restoration, the museum, a National Monument, now presents permanent exhibitions on Singapore history and culture, alongside changing exhibitions on world history and popular culture. It is Singapore’s largest and most modern museum, using state-of-the-art multimedia technology to bring history to life. The Living Galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture to re-define conventional museum experience. Visitors to the permanent galleries will come up close and personal with national treasure, such as the mystery-shrouded Singapore Stone and 14th century gold ornaments unearthed from the nearby Fort Canning Hill. They will also learn more about Singapore’s multi-religious society, and how popular culture has evolved over time. Alongside the permanent galleries, the special exhibition galleries provide Singaporeans and visitors with the opportunity to learn more about world heritage and cultures here in Singapore, through major touring and special exhibitions presented in partnership with museums worldwide.
Check out the latest exhibitions at: www.nationalmuseum.sg