The front block of the museum building dates back to 1887. It features an elegant neo-Palladian design, a European style of architecture characterised by a highly symmetrical façade and the use of pediments above windows.
Tour Dates: 5 Feb & 4 Mar 2016
Design is often associated with something new, trendy and beautiful. By carefully observing a design piece, we discover that it also meaningfully responds to functionality and to the culture of our society. When did we start to design? Our need to design objects that improve our lives goes back in time.
Exploring an extraordinary collection that spans 800,000 years, this tour will take you on an amazing journey to reveal how the form, beauty and significance of the objects we use are constantly evolving. By paying attention to the material aspects of these objects, the tour will reveal surprising stories and reflect on the meaning of design.
About the speaker
With more than 15 years of experience in the field of design both as a creative director and an architectural designer, Laura has worked on a multitude of permanent and temporary exhibitions. A graduate of the Milan School of Architecture, Laura has been living and working in Singapore since 2000. She focuses mainly on heritage interpretation and design strategies in museums, thematic galleries and public spaces. Among her projects, the Living Galleries in the National Museum of Singapore were given the Design Exchange Award in Canada in 2007 and Quest for Immortality: The World of Ancient Egypt received the President Design Award 2010. Laura is currently the Design Director of Gsmprjct in Singapore, an international firm specialising in experience and exhibition design.
Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.
Mark your calendars with these dates and bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents alike, to discover Singapore’s rich social history together!
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Co-presented by the National Museum of Singapore and The Ryan Foundation, Unhomed Belongings presents artworks by two creative minds, Lucy Liu from the United States and Shubigi Rao from Singapore.
The museum has refreshed its programmes to offer students a variety of opportunities to discover Singapore's history and culture - through investigation, engagement of senses and conversations - and to relate them to present-day issues. Click here to find out more about the various learning opportunities at the museum!