Even though many of us studied history in secondary schools and are familiar with stories of Singapore during the Japanese occupation in World War 2, being able to “see” beyond the textbooks will definitely aid in the understand of this milestone period better. The National Museum latest exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 seeks to do just that, allowing you to explore a rich and complex world of untold stories of the events leading up to the occupation.
Witness to War: Remembering 1942 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese forces on 15 February 1942 and its immediate aftermath, through never-before-seen artefacts and accounts from war survivors and veterans. It also explores the time period from the late 1930s leading up to that faithful day.
In order to put this exhibition together, National Museum collaborated with over 10 museums and institutions like the Australian War Memorial and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, to features over 130 artefacts, many of which have never been displayed in Southeast Asia before. Some of these items include the personal diary of Major- General Lim Bo Seng and a 25-Pounder Gun used during the war.
To provide an immersive experience to visitors of the exhibition, the museum has created a time tunnel displaying a film montage as well as several interactive stations. Parents who wish to introduce the subject of war to kids through the eyes of young people who lived through the fall of Singapore in 1942 can bring them to the dedicated family activity space for children aged 7 to 12.
Witness to War: Remembering 1942 Details:
Exhibition period: 23 September 2017 to 25 March 2018
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm
For more details, visit www.nationalmuseum.sg.
How to get there:
YMCA Bus Stop 08041:
SBS: 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 64, 65, 111, 124, 128, 139, 162, 162M, 174, 174e, 175
SMRT: 77, 106, 167, 171, 190, 700, 700A, 972, NR6, NR7
SMU Bus Stop 04121:
SBS: 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 111, 124, 128, 131, 147, 162, 162M, 166, 174, 174e, 175
SMRT: 77, 106, 167, 171, 190, 700, 700A, 857, NR7
Bras Basah MRT Station (5-minute walk from Exit B or C)
Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (5-minute walk from Exit A)
City Hall MRT Station (10-minute walk from Exit A or B)