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What to check out at the National Museum’s new permanent galleries

The new displays will showcase some 1,700 artefacts


The National Museum has re-opened its permanent galleries after a year-long refurbishment.

New highlights include the Singapore History Gallery, the Life in Singapore: The Past 100 Years galleries and the Goh Seng Choo Gallery.

Altogether, these galleries will showcase some 1,700 artefacts that tell the tale of Singapore’s history.

Items on display include those that were either donated or loaned to the museum, such as a 1959 flexidisc recording of the “Majulah Singapura” before the song became the national anthem, as well as a Singapore National Registration Identification Card first issued in 1966.

Wedding items such as rings from Mr and Mrs Lai Tuck Wah’s wedding, a couple who tied the knot during World War II, are featured as well.

Immersive galleries

Aiming to engage visitors beyond conventional displays, the revamped galleries will include interactive platforms, ambient sounds and multimedia elements.

For example, visitors can get a whiff of afternoon tea as they step into an old colonial bungalow exhibit.

The galleries comprise 12 interactive stations and over 60 multimedia stations that consist of personal accounts, stories and archival footage of key historical events.

There will also be an audio-visual journey of different eras in Singapore’s heritage, cleverly titled “GoHead/GoStan: Panorama Singapura” by homegrown artists Brandon Tay and Safuan Johari.

The new permanent galleries opened to the public last Saturday (Sep 19) and admission is free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.