Images of Singapore
Child (3-12 years old) $7
Images of Singapore is more than a walk down memory lane; it is a journey to the very soul of the nation. Here, legend, facts and folklore are creatively interwoven into an "I am there" experience. Journey from the earliest days of founding fathers to today’s modern Singapore and discover a place where cultural diversity, unity of values and adventure converge.
The main attractions within the beatifully restored colonial exterior of Images Of Singapore is the Singapore Adventure, and Singapore Celebrates. Singapore Adventure traces the history of the island, from its primitive fishing village days, to its growth as a trading port, to Singapore's independence after World War II. Along the way, various important figures of note are displayed, along with explanations on why they were important to Singapore. These are interspersed with various scenes of daily life in Singapore past.
Singapore Celebrates examines the cultural traditions and celebrations of the main ethnic groups in Singapore, as well as items and artefacts used during these celebrations. I find these displays to be very informative and interesting, especially since many of them are modelled with true likeness... It's more satisfying to be able to see a person of significance in the form of a 3 dimensional stature rather than just looking at a photograph.
The star attraction is the multimedia 4 Winds Of Singapore Show. Narrated by the 4 main ethnic groups of Singapore, it is a story of how people from various backgrounds came together to build a nation, with emphasis on Family, Community, Peace and Harmony.
If you're planning a visit to Images Of Singapore, do note that admission fees cost SGD $10, and allocate between 1 to 2 hours for viewing. Guided tours are also available, and while informative, they do require advance booking.
Recently, I found a really good way to spend my time meaningfully and educationally there. Images of Singapore offers a comprehensive and detailed walkthrough through Singapore's past and present, heart and soul. I found a few points about it which I liked:
Firstly, the design and layout of the place is such that it arouses one's interest in all the exhibits has to offer through colourful schemes, dramatic sound effect, interactive displays and games and even a movie or two. Moreover, the air-conditioned environment makes it extremely conducive for an afternoon of exploration not under the hot sun.
Secondly, the model displays depicting stages in Singapore's history such as life in a kampong or traditional practices are life-like and well placed such that one easily gets the whole picture.
Thirdly, the price is highly affordable for expensive Sentosa. I bought a ticket for $10, and consequently experienced a wonderful afternoon of discovery and learning.
Well worth a visit!
Putting myself into the shoes of a tourist, however; this place is a must go. The younger generation might not like such mundane activities though; nevertheless it is a very informative museum with interactive displays. Definitely worth it and pretty intriguing.
Tourists will be able to get an appreciation of our history with the almost life-like dioramas. My kids loved the stories each diorama tried to convey. It also helps that I know a fair bit of the history so I end up becoming their tour guide.
I think the $10 entrance fee is worth it. At least you walk away feeling enlightened and not ripped off.
It was an ancient totally British infrastructure that had vibrant banners strewn all across it's pillars. I was instantly lured by the vintage trishaw and jeep stationed near it's entrance. Apparently, these are the venue's main attraction. There were gazillions of tourists buzzing around these corroded vehicles. Some even straddled up the jeep. The cacophony of clicking shutter buttons also drew all the more attention towards it. I made a beeline for it.
The Images of Singapore was like an interactive Social Studies textbook. Stories behind each and every item placed there were told via signboards allocated nearby. Even those who weren't interested in Singapore's history ( me ) couldn't deny that these edutainment area weren't interesting.
Oh, the souvenirs sold there weren't that impressive though. The designs were mediocre and the price that came along with it were mortifying.
The building itself is one of those wonderful old colonial relics that still abound in Singapore. (Just drive down Malcolm Road or visit Hyderabad Road, Portsdown or Rochester to see a few).
The display is set in a building that used to be a military hospital. Of course you must run the gauntlet of the souvenir shop and an expensive, very average café at the exit, both of which are tourist traps. But a visit is well worth it. Compared to Bukit Chandu, which is also worth visiting, this is far more comprehensive, but equally impressive.
And did I mention it? It is coo! bordering on freezing. Singapore can get hot, so to find yet another attraction that sets its thermostats on near freezing is a relief, if a bit of a worry, given the need for energy conservation.
Most of the exhibits are rather standard fare, where a reasonably informed Singaporean would already know a fair bit of what is offered.
The displays and the photos by itself may not interest my children. Since it was a weekday that I brought my children to visit the place so it was not crowded, I was able to play the part of the guide. I added a bit of my own memories to everything I saw in the place and that got my children interested. History in itself may not be interesting to my children but hearing how their father grew up and what he had been through in his childhood would be closer to them and they would be more interested. I just thought if that trip, their grandfather had followed, it would be more interesting to them because their grandfather could relate to more of the displays.
However, it may be quite dry for some people because there is a price to pay to enter this museum. Some people aren't into history unlike me. I always find history something worth reading and thinking about how our country has developed, not only in Singapore but other countries and their own cultures they have for themselves. Although i am a Singaporean and i have known a lot about Singapore's history, it's still worth to remember them and who knows, we can bring our friends from overseas and be their tour guides!
Entering the museum, you will be welcomed with artifacts from decades ago before the visitors are welcomed to enter a "studio" where the staff will play a video on Singapore's history and how the country attracts traders from Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. This is how the traders would started settling down in Singapore and the multiracial society was formed.
After the 15-minutes-show ended, the visitors would be directed to the museum and start the journey to explore Singapore history. In there, visitors can take a look at the figures resembling all the history makers. One of them will be Sir Stanford Raffles. They looked so real that it feels like you have gone back to the past to experience what was happening.
If you take your time to walk through all the sections, it would take about 45 minutes to one hour.
It's very much advisable that you bring along your digital camera or any camera to capture the moments inside the museum.
Towards the end of the museum pathway, there will be a huge souvenirs and gifts shop that caters to tourists' needs to get anything for their friends and families.
I would definitely recommend this place to my friends. It's worth a visit, value for money and you won't only enjoy what is inside the museum, but you will also get to gain knowledge on Singapore history.
The displays in this place are quite interesting. Therefore, it is good to learn about Singapore history. It is definitely not too exciting as children are more likely to get bored easily. Therefore parents must think twice before considering to bring their children to this place.
I am pretty sure that I would particularly go to sentosa just to catch this. Although it nurtures the values of olden Singapore lives, it might be appealing to the younger generation. I was more interested in the exciting features in Sentosa. It is quite cheap though. However, it must be noted that you can gain quite a fair experience out of this place if you intend to discover more about Singapore.