December Hijinks - Museum Hopping in Singapore

Real museums are places where time is transformed into space ~ Orhan Pamuk

By Raebekah Soh

December 4 2019

As the end of the year draws near, everything is coming to a slowdown. But not at the museums, new exciting exhibitions are being set up to gear up for the year-end. There’s a diverse spread of activities, and we’re sure that there is something for everyone from all walks of life. STYLEGUIDE brings you a list of exhibitions that will entice all art, history, nature lovers and fun-seekers.

1. The Bicentennial Experience

Source: Bicentennial Singapore

Due to overwhelming popularity, The Bicentennial Experience has been extended until the end of December this year. This interactive exhibition brings us through the journey of Singapore and how it transformed into the Singapore we know today through stories and multi-sensory experiences.

Admission is free, but tickets have to be booked in advance. See available dates and book here


Date: 1 Oct - 31 Dec 

Location: Fort Canning Centre 

2. An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s - 1819

Source: National Museum

In the same vein of the bicentennial year, the National Museum of Singapore has curated an exhibition sharing the history of Singapore and featuring the manuscripts and drawings of the zoologists and artists of that time. This exhibition explores the 200 years leading up to the establishment of an entrepôt in Singapore in 1819. Over 220 artefacts, including 75 loans from institutional and private collections will be exhibited. Learning about Singapore’s history is not as dull as one expects. This museum exhibition has free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residences. 


Date: 21 Sep 2019 - 29 Mar 2020 

Location: National Museum of Singapore 

3. Disney: Magic of Animation 

Source: Jayme McColgan

From now till 29 March, The ArtScience Museum is bringing Disney to Singapore! For the first time in Southeast Asia, this exhibition showcases 90 magical years of Disney animation, featuring a selection of more than 500 exceptional art pieces, including original drawings, paintings, sketches, and concept art, curated by the Walk Disney Animation Research Library. In keeping with ArtScience Museum’s ethos of presenting captivating interactive exhibitions, the show also includes projections, audio-visual displays, and alluring exhibits that transport visitors into the world of Disney’s films using hands-on educational activities. Go behind-the-scenes at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and delve into a world of art and technology developed by the talented artists and production teams behind the films. 


Date: 26 Oct - 29 Mar 2020 

Location: The ArtScience Museum 

4. Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr. Tan Tsze Chor

Source: Asian Civilisations Museum

This exhibition held at the Asian Civilisations Museum highlights over 130 treasured Chinese paintings, porcelains, and scholars’ objects from the collection of Singapore’s renowned art collector Dr. Tan Tsze Chor. The exhibition includes paintings by modern Chinese masters Ren Bonian, Xu Beihong, and Qi Baishi, as well as works made by artists in Singapore in the 1930s through the 1980s when Dr. Tan was building his collection. Living with Ink explores how Chinese art was appreciated by networks of overseas Chinese collectors and philanthropists, giving you a glimpse into the Singapore art world in the turbulent 20th century.


Date: 8 Nov - 22 Mar 2020 

Location: Asian Civilisation Museum 

5. Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends

Source: National Gallery Singapore

Uncover the rich stories within Singaporean photographer Chua Soo Bin’s portraits. See Legends, his most famous body of work that has produced the definitive images of 14 Chinese ink masters. Each picture, captured with Chua’s characteristic mix of incisiveness and sensitivity, offers precious insight into the life of its subject. Chua Soo Bin (b.1932) is a Cultural Medallion recipient and one of Singapore’s most prominent photographers, with a career spanning over six decades. Featuring over 90 photographs, this exhibition spotlights Chua’s portraiture practice alongside Chinese ink paintings by his photographic subjects, as well as images that Chua created while working in advertising.


Date: 6 Dec - 28 Jun 2020 

Location: The National Gallery 

6. The Museum of Independent Music 

Source: Museum of Independent Music

You might have heard the phrase ‘support local’ being tossed around a lot. Many people do not know the existence of this museum. The Museum of Independent Music is a treat to the ears, an in-depth discovery into the world of local indie music and some international oldies and collectibles are displayed at the museum. It is an educational & archival space about Singapore’s independent music scene. The first of its kind in the country, its mission is to establish a lifelong legacy about local culture for future generations and to nurture and promote local talents. It aims to be a gathering point for all musicians of various genres, providing a platform for unified music culture in Singapore. 

You will be able to find vinyls from the ’60s (The Quest) to cassette tapes made in the ’90s (The Oddfellows), to others like grindcore. There are video documentaries and old instruments belonging to old bands. 


Admission: $5/entry

Date: All Year Round

Location: 23 Madras Street Singapore 208418 

7. City Hall: If Walls Could Talk

Source: National Gallery Singapore

Held in conjunction with the 2019 Singapore Bicentennial, City Hall: If Walls Could Talk is an immersive experience that will bring visitors through the passage of time from its completion in 1929. A true time tunnel to the past - key moments that happened within its walls, such as the swearing-in of the nation's first President and the unveiling of the national flag and anthem, will be showcased through augmented interactive content - letting history come to life as visitors relive these defining events.


Date: All Year Round

Location: The National Museum of Singapore


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