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03 Jul 2011

National Museum of Singapore

With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum with a progressive mind. It is custodian of 10 National Treasures, and its Singapore History and Living Galleries adopt cutting-edge and varied ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience.

A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round – the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances and film screenings – in addition to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions involving critically important collections of artefacts. The programming is supported by a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail and a Resource Centre.

Treasures of the National Museum
The 10 treasures of the National Museum have been selected from the National Museum collection on the basis of their rarity and, more importantly, their unique historical significance in the context of Singapore's socio-cultural history. These Treasures, dating from the 14th century to the 1950s, show that Singapore's history is not short, but relatively long and aesthetically rich.

Some of these treasures came from the legacy of the old Raffles Museum, which was the fore-runner of the National Museum. Others were acquired through the generous acts of philanthropy of individual donors, whose names will be linked forever with the treasures. The treasures are displayed in the National Museum of Singapore with state-of-the-art conservation, so that visitors will have an opportunity to view them for a long time to come.