In Singapore where there are diverse of races, religions and different cultures, there are so many things to explore and learn about. The place I went to was the National Museum of Singapore.
Some background information about this museum is that:
The first idea of the museum was birthed from a meeting convened by Stamford raffles in 1823
The design for the museum was submitted by Henry Mccallum in year 1882 & in year 1884, the construction work of the museum began.
In year 1942-1945, during the japanese occupation, the museum was renamed as syonan museum.
In 2004, the first public announcement of the redeveloped museum.
In the museum, I visited 5 different exhibitions.
The first exhibition I went to was “Growing Up”
The 1950s and 1960s were considered the momentous time for Singapore. From self-government (1959) to Merger with Malaya (1963) to Independence (1965), it was a period when Singapore was filled with uncertainties and challenges as it sought to find an identity it could call its own.
In the gallery, it showcases the games the 1950-1960s kids play and enjoy, it also showcases some common delights back then. Although there were hardships, children back then were still able to have happy childhood memories.
It showcases the advancement in Singapore throughout the 1920-1930s, examples are dressing styles. It also showcases Singapore’s progressiveness.
There were more educational opportunities for girls, who went on to make important contributions to the society, e.g education & charity. This help to enhance the welfare of women.
Singapore History Gallery
This exhibition showcases how Singapore was right from the beginning to the present now. From how it was first known as Singapura in year 1299-1818, to how it was called the crown colony in year 1819-1941 when Sir Stamford Raffles explored Singapore. It was then known as Syonan-to from year 1942-1945 when the british rule over Singapore before the world war 2. Lastly to the present Singapore.
Next, I visited the Voices of Singapore exhibition
The exhibition showcases cultural artifacts including music, performances, television and theater, this gallery explores Singaporeans self-expression in the 1970s and 80s.
Lastly, I went to the exhibition called “Surviving Syonan.”
This gallery shows how the people coped with daily life through the Japanese Occupation. Snapshots of the past life are presented on crumbling walls.
I feel that this heritage trail was very worth going as I got to learn about the history of Singapore and learn to treasure what we have got now. I learn about the hardships of my grandparent’s generation.