There are other things to do in Singapore besides shopping or watching movies, okay?
#1: Treasures of the Natural World
The ArtScience Museum has brought a bit of London to Singapore, sort of. Over 200 star specimens from the Natural History Museum of London’s collection of over 80 mil are on display for the first time in Southeast Asia at the Treasures of the Natural World exhibition. We’re talking items from Charles Darwin’s personal collection to fossils — including the sabre-toothed tiger pictured above) that date back to a whopping 400 mil years old. There are also dedicated treasure trails for kids among the five themed sections of the show. Yup, it’s like the encyclopedia’s come to life — only way more fun. For tix and more info, go to http://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/treasure.html.
Now till Apr 29, 2018. ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands (6 Bayfront Ave), 10am to 7pm (last admission at 6pm).
#2: Circus! Science Under the Big Top
If you’ve always wanted to run away with the circus, you’re in luck. The Science Centre’s Circus! Science Under the Big Top exhibition doesn’t just regurgitate the history of the circus — which dates back to 250 years ago. You get to discover the circus’ secrets yourself at the interactive exhibits. See if you’d cut it as a contortionist or if you can make it across a three-metre-high wire. Kid-friendly activities, including magic performances and workshops, are also organised every weekend until Dec 31. Tix and info at www.science.edu.sg.
Now till Mar 18, 2018 at Science Centre Singapore (15 Science Centre Road), 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.30pm).
#3: Witness to War: Remembering 1942
If only history lessons in school were like this, we may have aced the subject. Delve deep into the fall of Singapore during World War II and the events that surrounded it with over 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums, including the National Army Museum in the UK and the Australian War Memorial. Don’t leave without seeing the immersive installation built around an actual 25-pounder field gun (pictured above), a recent addition to the National Collection. Don’t be surprised if you smell gunpowder when you’re here — the National Museum has collaborated with a perfumery to re-create the scent for a unique experience. There’s also an array of talks, workshops and guided tours about the watershed moment in Singapore’s history on Feb 15, 1942. For more info, go to www.nationalmuseum.sg.
Till Mar 28, 2018 at the National Museum of Singapore (93 Stamford Rd), 10am to 7pm (last admission 6.30pm). Free for Singapore citizens, PR and visitors aged six and below.
Photos: Marina Bay Sands/National Heritage Board/Science Centre Singapore