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Saturday, January 4, 2014

National Museum of Singapore




National Museum of Singapore

How to get there:
Address: 93 Stamford Road S(178897)

By MRT: Bras Basah MRT Station (5-minute walk) ,Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (5-minute walk), City Hall MRT Station (10-minute walk)



Opening Hours: 
Singapore History Gallery 10am to 6pm,Daily  
Last admission at 5.30pm
Singapore Living Galleries 10am to 8pm, Daily 
Free admission from 6pm to 8pm
Last admission at 7.30pm
Vacation Checklist:
- camera , no flash
- an open mind
- jacket
- candies - a gum, if its allowed in the country
- bottled water
- your I..ma..gi..nation
- keep your eyes open and your mouth close, just like going on scuba diving ahahaa
My friend and I were planning to see the Princely Treasures, a renaissance collection of paintings in the National Museum of Singapore. However, we were unable to arrived at the right time. Good thing the living galleries was still open plus its a free admission which starts at 6 pm till closing time. What more could we ask for? We headed to straight to the galleries and meet the old Singapura when fishing was still the main livelihood of the country. First gallery were a showcase of some old pictures of families and royalties.




Second, the food gallery where they featured a recorded voice explaining Singapore's street food stalls and food junction during the old days. They were selling hanging rice or 'puso' which we prefer to call in the Philippines. The rice is wrapped in a palm leaf that takes up the shaped of a diamond. The narrator's voice was recorded in a compact player which is hanged below the glass enclosed items to understand the history of the food industry in Singapore.
The next gallery was about the film industries and what's surprising about it is that they embrace all three cultures in Singapore. There's the Singaporean movies alongside the Indian and Malay films. It clearly shows how diversified the country is with all the different kinds of films that was produced and released back then. My friend and I danced along with the huge video camera they have on display. We even watched with amazement as different rolls of films played in the wide screen of the gallery.


Our last stop was the Fashion gallery where we had a great time listening to old music. When we reached the corner of the gallery this bizarre white wedding gown caught our attention. The dress was bizarre and it seemed like it was floating on air which I commonly see in horror films. We didn't stay long in that part of the gallery to avoid any more horror stories to come out in our mouths. 

  

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