5 Reasons Why National Museum’s Witness to War: Remembering 1942 Is More Than Just Another War Exhibition

The international blockbuster exhibition features never-before-seen artefacts and untold accounts on the fall of Singapore

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In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore has partnered with 10 overseas museums and institutions to present Witness to War: Remembering 1942.

Featuring more than 130 artefacts, the blockbuster exhibition explores Singapore’s role in a larger scheme of things — namely the wider campaign waged by the Japanese Empire across the Pacific. From film screenings and craft workshops to guided tours and even wartime rations, visitors are set to go back in time by perusing an illustrious showcase of inspiring stories and poignant memories as told by individuals who braved through this extraordinary era. This is also the museum’s first to hold a war exhibition on such a large scale.

Regardless whether you’re a history buff or not, Witness to War: Remembering 1942 is something not be missed by all Singaporeans. Still not convinced yet? Well, here are five more reasons why you should check the exhibition out when it opens from 23 September 2017 to 25 March 2018.

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1. New gems from the National Collection make their debut

Feast your eyes on a whole lineup of exciting wartime artefacts at the exhibition, featuring a Japanese army bugle, an Enfield No. 2 Mk. 1 revolver, and personal items from war survivors, contributed by the National Collection. However, the star of the show goes to a 25-Pounder Field Gun that was previously used by British and Commonwealth armies in World War Two. To add to the immersive experience, a multi-sensory installation is built around the massive weapon where you’ll even get whiffs of gunpowder!

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