A Lighter Side of History: Unsheathed! The Mystery of the Keris in the Malay Archipelago

The Salon,
Level 1
2pm - 3pm
Free Admission
Spend a meaningful Saturday afternoon with us at the National Museum this August as we bring you talks on an impressive aerial survey of 100 playgrounds across Singapore, and keris, the beautiful but often misunderstood cultural artefact.

The keris is a unique cultural identifier of the indigenous maritime Malays from the Malay Archipelago, not found anywhere else in the world. For centuries, the keris has been linked to shamans and magic, shrouding it in mystery. Come listen to fascinating stories as we shed light on this beautiful artefact. Participants will also get the opportunity to view the speaker’s private keris collection!

Participants who attend this talk will also get the opportunity to view the speaker’s private keris collection!

Speaker Khairi Johari is an IT professional, a writer, and an independent researcher and collector of Malay cultural relics and artefacts. Since 1997, Khairi Johari has dedicated a great deal of his time and resources to thestudy and acquisition of traditional kerises from the Malay Archipelago.Since 2003, Khairi Johari has worked with various cultural organisationsto share his knowledge of the keris.

Family Time

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.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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