Heritage Trail

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.

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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”

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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.

 Modern Colony

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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.

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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.

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Next, I visited the Voices of Singapore exhibition

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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.”

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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.

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