Gallop House No. 5 (Atbara) is Singapore’s oldest surviving colonial era or black-and-white bungalow. Built in 1898, it now houses the Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum, which showcases Singapore’s forest ecosystems, and highlights the importance of conserving them. Through a series of interpretive and interactive displays, visitors can enjoy a bird's eye view of Singapore’s diverse forests, and learn about the Gardens’ historical role in conserving them. Highlights include a photographic installation of forest trees, family-friendly displays and videos featuring three distinctive forest habitats found in Singapore, and their unique flora and fauna.
The Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum will also host the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Tropical Forest Ecology Research programme. This programme reprises a historical role for the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which dates back to the late 1800s. One of the Gardens’ early superintendents, Nathaniel Cantley, was tasked to survey the forests in the Straits Settlement in 1882. His report led to the demarcation of the first forest reserves in Singapore in 1884, in order to prevent the ecology and climate from further deteriorating.
Complementing the Forest Discovery Centre is the OCBC Arboretum, which is a first-of-its-kind high-tech arboretum in Southeast Asia. Opened in October 2019, the arboretum plays an important role in the Gardens’ conservation work, housing and displaying the Gardens’ growing collection of rare dipterocarps.
Arc Children Centre on Lorong Limau is an independent charity centre dedicated to enriching the daily lives of children who are braving life-threatening illnesses, and their families too.
Arc's new 5,000 sq ft centre features an indoor play area complete with slides and climbing wall, as well as multi-sensory corner and custom-made library with cosy reading nooks for the children. The open, modular setup that allows versatile maximization of space for both educational and enrichment activities to take place.
Arc Children's Centre is a registered charity with the Ministry of Social & Family Development.
They support children between the ages of 3-18 years with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Younger or older children may be reviewed on a case by case consideration. They accept all children regardless of religion, race or culture. They also provide support for family members of these children.
Since July 2011, Arc has helped more than 150 children with cancer or a life-threatening illness.
Play is a Child’s Work and The Better Toy Store is a child’s workshop of award-winning toys carefully selected for excellence in safety, quality, play value, design, and impact on the environment.
Every toy at the store is evaluated for these qualities, together with age-appropriateness and open-endedness; allowing a different facet of play as the child grows and changes in ability and interest.
The Better Toy Store does not compromise because they believe that every child deserves the best - anything else is just not good enough.
Nexus International School is honoured to have been chosen by the government of Singapore to be a major part of maintaining the city state’s position as a global leader in education. Their new site on Aljunied Road, which is scheduled to be ready for opening in 2020, will be Singapore’s latest state-of-the-art international school and will be the flagship Nexus campus.
This project represents an investment of more than S$232m for Taylor’s Education Group (TEG), owners of Nexus International School (Singapore). Mr BK Gan, President of Taylor’s Schools, released details of the exciting development and stated “the new Nexus International School (Singapore) at Aljunied will be the culmination of a vision formed in 2007 within TEG to provide a world-class holistic education through the Nexus brand. We are delighted with the success of Nexus in Singapore, which is a testament to our dedicated and expert staff, our supportive parents and our wonderful learners.”
The new Nexus campus will have a capacity of 2,000 students, up from the current site capacity of 1,200 at Ulu Pandan. It will boast cutting-edge modern facilities with a strong environmental focus, an Innovation Hub, flexible learning spaces, numerous play areas, a large capacity theatre, music recording rooms, a state of the art sports field, a 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool, gymnasium and fitness centre. The site has been designed by renowned international architects Broadway Malyan who have produced a stunning architectural vision that embodies the ethos and values of the school, offers quality design, and which is also sensitive to local customs and culture.
Museum @ My Queenstown along Commonwealth Drive is a community museum that showcases the story of Queenstown as Singapore's first satellite town.
Queenstown is named after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Entirely curated and run by numerous volunteers from civic group, My Community, Museum @ My Queenstown is a small but an educational & well-arranged museum that is worth a visit.
"Our Stories: Do you remember them?" is an exhibition made possible after a 9-year collection effort. It showcases physical and digital artefacts from the community that capture Queenstown’s history & heritage.
The programme spaces on the first and second level of the shophouse museum will host a series of talks, seminars and workshops. And the archival room on the 2nd level of the museum houses a wide collection of old photographs and artefacts contributed by residents and various institutions in Queenstown.
Supported by National Heritage Board, Singapore, the museum was conceptualised in 2016 and completed in 2018.
Did you know that more than two-thirds of the current Bishan town was once occupied by a cemetery and a village? Since the 19th century, Bishan was a Chinese burial ground called Peck San Theng. The Cantonese community was in charge of Peck San Theng, with more than 50,000 graves spread across the region. Kampong San Theng was the main Chinese village then.
The new $700,000 heritage gallery tells the story of Kampong San Teng.
The 560 sqm gallery held its official opening on 3rd June.
Admission to the gallery is free. It is open from 9.30am to 4pm every day except on public holidays.
The revamped Sustainable Singapore Gallery at Marina Barrage presents an overview of Singapore’s commitment to sustainable development. While there are exhibits that chart the milestones which brought about the high quality living environment Singaporeans enjoy today, the focus in many parts of the Gallery is on the challenges ahead and the steps people in Singapore need to take together as a nation to keep the country smart and green.
The Gallery is organised into six zones, tracing Singapore’s response to climate change, our water management strategies, zero waste initiatives and efforts to keep Singapore clean, green and sustainable, including investments in renewable energy.
The interactive panels and multi-sensory exhibits will appeal to the young and old. There are also interesting artefacts such as a porcelain figurine presented to Dutch economist Dr Albert Winsemius in 1993 after he famously lost a wager, with Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team, that the Singapore River could not sustain life.
Admission is free to the 1,618 sqm gallery. Free guided tours are available for booking through PUB website. Read more about the gallery and its different zones here.
Get ready for an exciting voyage on the turbulent high seas and sail off on an explorer adventure at the newly-unveiled Maritime Experiential Museum on Sentosa Island.
After nine months of extensive overhaul, the Maritime Experiential Museum is the only one of its kind in Singapore reconceptualisation, this is the newest attraction on Sentosa Island and dedicated to the exploration of the iconic Maritime Silk Route.
Housing a total of 15 unique galleries including five brand new zones featuring never-before-seen content and installations, the revamped attraction will engage the senses of guests through a combination of state-of-the-art visual projections, multimedia shows, interactive hands-on exhibits, olfactory experiences and plenty of stunning Instagram-worthy displays.
Greeted by the four world-famous seafarers with holographic effect in the Briefing Room, guests will embark on the maritime adventure through the eyes of Marco Polo, the merchant from Venice; Sang Nila Utama, Palembang prince and founder of Singapura; Ibn Battuta, Moroccan scholar and explorer; and Zheng He, Chinese admiral and fleet commander.
After a glimpse into how maritime trade and cross-cultural exchanges contribute to the progress of civilisation and shape the world today, guests enter the immersive Learning To Navigate chamber – an all-new interactive gallery designed like a lower deck of a ship. Guests can try their hand at reading nautical charts, navigate a mariner’s compass or learn more about the ancient art of celestial navigation. Replicas and projections of early trading vessels that ply the Maritime Silk Route, such as the Chinese Junk, Javanese Jong and Borobudur Ship, offer awe-inspiring 360-degree views and fascinating details on the construction of these sturdy ships.
Next, a vibrant marketplace at The Flavours of Maritime Silk Route depicts how precious merchandise such as silk, spices and gemstones were so highly sought after that traders were willing to risk their lives for them.
Guests can continue their journey and marvel at the Jewel of Muscat – designed like a 9th century Arabian Dhow – which made a tumultuous 138-day voyage from Oman to Singapore in 2010 using ancient navigational methods with a crew of 15. The immersive Typhoon Theater, a must-see anchor attraction, simulates a sinking ship in a treacherous storm, letting guests face the wrath of the sea before descending into the depths of the ocean.
Have you ever thought about how Singapore’s built environment has been transformed over the years? Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to develop the buildings we see around us today? You can now learn about these and about the past, present and future of our local building and construction scene at the newly revamped BCA Gallery (Building and Construction Authority).
Located at the premises of the BCA Academy at Braddell Road, the 2-storey gallery has been expanded from a single storey showcase and now houses six different zones with multimedia and interactive features. Learn about the transformation of our built environment and how buildings are built, from conceptualisation to occupation, through the gallery's interactive displays!
At the first few zones, visitors can find out how local building marvels were developed and learn about the various productive construction technologies adopted in the local building industry
Visitors to the BCA Gallery will experience an interactive journey of Singapore's building development through the years and gain insights into BCA's role in shaping a safe, sustainable, high-quality and friendly built environment for Singapore. The four key pillars of an excellent built environment, namely, safety, quality, sustainability and friendly, are highlighted collectively in this multi-sensory treat of interactive exhibits, model showcases and pull-out panels.
The Gallery is sub-divided into three zones according to three distinct themes:
Looking for something fun to do? Pop by Science Centre Singapore and visit their latest exhibitions, The Mind's Eye and Professor Crackitt's Light Fantastic: A mirror maze experience.
As part of Science Centre Singapore's 40th anniversary celebrations; 270 sqm space of the centre has been transformed into a huge and captivating mirror maze.
Created by Adrian Fisher Design, record holders of seven Guinness World Records; the maze features 105 mirror cells, with more than 17 interactive exhibits and experiments on light, plus holograms and fake exits to make for a wondrous kaleidoscope experience.
The mirror maze also doubles as a setting for an exciting escape room game.
“The Mind’s Eye” exhibition features more than 30 exhibits curated by SCS and is an exhibition of optical illusions.
Among the exhibits is one called “View With A Twist”, which showcases a wire sculpture that “transforms from an elephant into two giraffes simply by shifting the visitor’s point of view”.
People Impact provides fun and educational programmes that aim at developing the brain and personality of children and teaching them life skills.
Their IQ and EQ programme is developed by Professors of World Class Universities such as Harvard, MIT, University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Hong Kong and their students will be enjoy a high quality curriculum. Results speak louder than words. Students have shown marked improvement in both personal and academic performances. Let your kids experience to see the results.
They have trial classes for children from as young as 3 years old.
In the lead up to Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015, the National Museum will be undergoing another timely revamp so as to better share the Singapore Story and to celebrate the multiple voices in the nation’s historical narrative and the many facets of the multicultural “everyday heritage”.
The refreshed National Museum aims to be a museum for the people – a civic space where guests will enjoy visiting, allowing for reflection on what Singapore has achieved in the past and inspiring confidence in the future. It therefore aims to connect well with you through greater interactive and participatory experiences as well as enhanced coherence and integration of its narratives and displays.
The revamp will present a more comprehensive overview of Singapore’s history and development as a country in its galleries and spaces, which includes developing the nation’s post-1965 chapters that many Singaporeans can personally relate to. The galleries will be expected to re-open in the second half of 2015.
The existing office space on Level 3 of National Museum will be converted into a new Wing, called PLAY@NMS, which stands for “National Museum Singapore”. It will be a multi-sensory environment dedicated to children, with interactive exhibitions that encourage learning through play. Programmes thoughtfully curated based on the collections in the National Museum’s permanent galleries will be made available, to stimulate the young visitors’ natural curiosity and creativity. PLAY@NMS will be a multi-purpose space for interactive exhibitions, workshops as well as educationalplay.