The first museum in Singapore dedicated to children who are 12 years old and below is opened!
Take a voyage back in time to olden-day Singapore at National Heritage Board’s new Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG). Guided by its tagline “Start with Wonder”, CMSG will function as a ‘starter museum’ to introduce visitors to the museum-going experience.
Mrs. Wai Yin Pryke, Museum Director of CMSG, said, “Children’s Museum Singapore is uniquely positioned as Singapore’s first museum built for children. Our vision – “A place of wonder and joyful learning for all children to engage with Singapore and the world” – embodies our aspiration of becoming a museum that children can call their own, where they learn through play in a safe environment. We also envision our museum to be an inclusive space for children of different ages and abilities, planting the seed for all children to enjoy visiting museums to learn about our rich heritage and culture.”
WonderBot, CMSG’s mascot from the future helps ‘teleport’ you through different time periods in Singapore. Best for kids, they can sustain and nurture a sense of curiosity to explore, experiment, and facilitate a conducive environment for learning through play.
As you make your way through the four galleries – Hidden Chamber, Ahoy Singapore!, The Marketplace and My Neighbourhood – you will be met with multimedia interactives, artefacts from the National Collection. Deepen your insight into Singapore’s early history as a port city, to become a modern-day metropolis.
Educators and industry professionals in Singapore have given their input on the museum’s pedagogical strategies for the development of life skills. CMSG will also work with interested researchers on the value of play for children. They will organise educational programmes in collaboration with educators throughout the year to cater to children of different age groups and abilities. So follow them on their website or social media channels to keep yourself up to date on the activities available!
Now, as you make your way to the second level, there is – Imagine a Garden. Featuring life-like paper sculptures of birds and flowers by Colombian artist Diana Beltrán Herrera. Another showcase is Happy Birthday!. It explores various cultural birthday practices in Singapore and values associated with familial love and gift-giving.
Have toddlers aged between two to four? There is a safe space “Play Pod” for them to learn more about fruits and vegetables through active play! We shall leave you to explore more galleries. Remember to bring your camera along!
To celebrate the opening, you can look forward to their Weekend Birthday Bash! Be among the first to experience CMSG’s galleries. You can expect an exciting line-up of dance, music and theatre performances throughout the day on the outdoor stage. You also have a chance to win attractive prizes through carnival activities and game booths. The full list of programmes for CMSG’s Birthday Bash can be found on CMSG’s website.
Enjoy free entry to the museum for all from 13 December 2022 onwards until 31 March 2023.
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