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National Museum of Singapore reopens permanent galleries

National Museum of Singapore reopens permanent galleries
September 23, 2015

The National Museum of Singapore has officially opened its revamped permanent galleries with displays containing contributions from Singaporeans and acknowledging the role of the country's pioneers.

The year-long S$10 million revamp has delivered six galleries holding over 1,700 artefacts, of which 680 are new to display.

These include a 1959 flexidisc recording of ‘Majulah Singapura’ before it became the National Anthem, a full set of the first national service uniform and a sewing machine used during the Second World War.

The Museum has also taken care to provide a more immersive experience for the visitors, with mock-ups of a Housing Board flat in the 1960s and an opium den, commonly used by low-wage workers in the 1900s.

The new exhibits also catalogue Singapore's natural environment.

In an installation called Tree, sounds, smells and images of native flora and fauna found in urban areas, such as gardens, parks and roadsides, are on display towards the end of the first-floor tour.

Museum Director Angelita Teo explains “this revamp is an opportunity to update the 2006 redevelopment, building on visitors' feedback over the years and also placing a focus on reaching out to a wider audience.”

Visits to the museum have rise threefold since the 1990s with more than 1.2 million people visiting the galleries last year.

More than 3,000 people visited the Museum on the day of its reopening.

The new exhibits also catalogue Singapore's natural environment.

In an installation called Tree, sounds, smells and images of native flora and fauna found in urban areas, such as gardens, parks and roadsides, are on display towards the end of the first-floor tour.

Images: The Tree installation in the new galleries at the National Museum of Singapore (top) and the exterior of the Museum (below).

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