Thursday, 17 March 2016

Museum Hopping

An and I have been to a number of museums since the start of this year. I am thankful that there is no charge for Singaporeans to enter most museums so we could make short trips to them without being concerned about cost.

1) Philatelic Museum

There is quite an extensive and attractive display of Peanuts stamps and comic strips at the Peanuts exhibition, which runs till 30 April. I learnt more about the different Peanut characters while An learnt to say "I like Charlie Brown". There is currently a More than Monkeys exhibition which we missed as it was not ready when we went. We may soon visit it. :)

2) Singapore Art Museum

I felt that only the Once Upon This Island exhibition at the Learning Gallery was suitable for children. There are activity sheets for preschoolers available on the SAM website which I think can make the visit more focussed for little ones.

Appended are pictures of some interesting art pieces:

Visitors are given stickers to paste on postcards. The postcards are displayed on ledges and each postcard is supposed to represent a HDB unit. 

This portrait of Mr Lee Kuan Yew is made using shampoo bottle caps. 

I mentioned this exhibit when I wrote about the Singapore Night Festival. The art work depicts different personalities coming together as one happy family. An was very happy playing with the colourful pieces. 

At first glance, this may look like a regular bus stop. However, the materials used to make the seats and the ground are not usual. Guess what message the artist was trying to convey.

3) Heritage Gallery

We went to the gallery on a Saturday morning when the Central Fire Station was open to the public (Most fire stations in Singapore are open from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday mornings). The exhibits were informative and interactive and we enjoyed our time there.

At the fire station's open house, we were making our way up an ambulance when a staff apologised and told us they had just received a call for help. I thought she was playacting at first (!), then got out of the way promptly when I saw other officers rushing to get on the ambulance. It turned out to be a real emergency!

4) Indian Heritage Centre

It was my first visit to the Indian Heritage Centre and I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a number of interactive activities which kids would enjoy.

This touch screen contains questions and clues.
Touch this huge interactive map to 'visit' various parts of India. I learnt facts about India that I never knew before. 

An and I had fun trying on the different hats and taking selfies. 

Here is Little An looking very pleased in one. 

An was quite well-acquainted with such rubbing stations as she did rubbings at the airport and the heritage gallery. 

I was also armed with a copy of Stacey Goes to the Indian Heritage Museum and we were kept busy trying to identify the various exhibits mentioned in the book. An excitedly pointed to a cow and said, "Look! I found the buffalo!" Her mother had told her that the picture was of a buffalo! I was a little embarrassed when I found out that the animal was a cow and quickly corrected Little An. The Stacey book has very endearing illustrations and I felt it was a good idea to bring it along to the centre so that the visit would not seem too intimidating to a young child.

Here are accounts of our previous visits to other museums:
Asian Civilisations Museum
Peranakan Museum
Sports Museum

Enjoy your visit to the museums, if you are planning on going. :)

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