|One of Singapore's most stately and graceful buildings, IMO.|
|The Rotunda Dome is the museum's most iconic architectural feature, with 50 stained glass pieces of Victorian design.|
|The giant red balloons' strings are held by chocolate raisins. Wah, so cute!|
My main objective was the Dreams & Reality exhibition, of course, but I had to wait an hour for the first guided tour of the day. So I explored.
|A perfect blend of old (neo-Palladian facade) and new (glass and steel).|
|So much light everywhere. I want to live in the National Museum of Singapore.|
At the second floor, you get a different perspective of A Dozen of Those, created by Lim Shing Ee. It's a temporary art installation commissioned by the museum for their Night Festival 2011.
|I still dream about this art installation.|
|A dozen Raisinets. Wah, so cute again!|
Of the four Living Galleries-- Film and Wayang, Photography, Food, and Fashion-- my favorites were... Well, you should know me by now.
|The Food Gallery recreates the vibrancy of Singapore's street food culture from the 1940s to the 1980s. -from the NMS brochure|
|The Photography Gallery portrays 100 years of local life through photographic images and precious artefacts. -from the NMS brochure|
And then there's the Singapore History Gallery which is just bewildering in scope and unlike any other history museum I've even been in. Good thing there's the Companion.
|The Companion is a multimedia handheld device which allows visitors to read descriptions, listen to experts' insights and dramatised scenarios, and watch videos, that correspond to the exhibits. -from the NMS brochure|
|Visitors entering the History Gallery are greeted by a dramatic symphony with a montage of scenes of contemporary Singapore projected on the 360º inner wall of the Glass Rotunda. -from the NMS brochure|
|I am completely in awe of the way the National Museum is curated.|
|So many interesting things in every nook and cranny.|
If I had more time, I would have loved to join this group.
|One of the best places to create art is where art resides.|
Five hours is not enough.
The National Museum of Singapore is located at 93 Stamford Road, just a five-minute walk from the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station on Orchard Road. They're open daily from 10am until 6pm (some galleries until 8pm).