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National Museum to re-open officially in December 2006

Source: www.nationalmuseum.sg

TOPPING IT OFF

Singapore¡¯s 118 year old museum reaches structural completion (28 Nov 2005) revealing refurbishment and expansion plans

Singapore¡¯s oldest museum has a new look after 118 years.
Announcing its structural completion with the Topping Off Ceremony, the National Museum of Singapore revealed its new façade today (28 Nov 2005) and shared expansion and refurbishment plans.
To be launched in December 2006, the museum spans an area of 18,375 sq metres, and will be Singapore¡¯s largest and the most modern, complete with world-class standards and facilities.
A key architectural highlight located at the new extension is the 16 metre high and 24 metre wide Glass Rotunda, a modern interpretation of the Dome.
During the day, the drum serves as the main entry to the new Singapore History gallery where 360 degrees of projected images will surround visitors upon entry. At night, the drum will transform into a lantern, with images appearing on the 'skin' of the inner drum, visible on the exterior façade.
Another innovation, the 11 metre high and 22 metre long Glass Passage, functions as the bridge between the old and new building and is the only modern intrusion allowed by the URA in the museum¡¯s history.
As one of the world¡¯s largest outdoor self-supporting glass structures ever constructed, the frameless glass 'canopy' is entirely supported in glass.
To enhance visual transparency and enable visitors the experience of viewing the old building in an art gallery setting and the grandeur of the Dome up close for the first time from within the museum, optical glass is used in various areas of the connector.
Through architectural innovation, technological advancement and choice art pieces, the National Museum of Singapore prides itself on introducing new and varied ways of presenting history to redefine conventional museum experience.
In addition, exhibitions and events themed on lifestyle, fashion and food will serve to connect people to history and heritage through ideas which are synonymous with everyday life.
¡°The history of Singapore will be told and retold from multiple perspectives. For the first time in Singapore, we have on our list of collaborators, talents based in Singapore, comprising sound designers, interpretive illustrators, theatre and film script writers, set designers, film directors, actors, musicians, voice talents, aroma technologists, not to mention our host of curators, historians, and set builders. We have in addition the fortune of working with several home-grown artists in the creative and cultural industries¡±, said Ms Lee Chor Lin, Director of National Museum of Singapore.
Premiering in Singapore at the National Museum of Singapore, a new technology that functions as an audio companion tool will guide visitors through public sculpture areas, public spaces, and key architectural structures of the museum.
Called WALK THE TALK ™, this platform is the world¡¯s foremost mobile audio museum explorer that offers users a choice of listening topics at indoor and outdoor listening points, in an interactive manner.
Powered by StarHub, up to 90 simultaneous callers into WALK THE TALK ™ can discover key architectural structures of the new National Museum of Singapore.
With a rich history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore has been closed since April 28, 2003 for redevelopment of the old National Museum building.
The new museum redevelopment, coupled with the surrounding redevelopment of the Fort Canning Park¡¯s Green Corridor, will help create an ¡°urban corridor¡±, linking Fort Canning Hill with the Bras Basah area. In addition, visitors to the museum can expect a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail, films, education programmes and festivals.
Targeted to re-open in December 2006, this new generation museum aims to reinforce its role as Singapore¡¯s national cultural icon. Striving to be the people's museum, always on the go with festivals and events, the National Museum of Singapore looks to delight both local and international audiences.
About National Museum of Singapore
At 118 years old, the National Museum of Singapore is Singapore¡¯s oldest museum with the youngest and most innovative soul. Designed to be the people¡¯s museum, the National Museum of Singapore prides itself on introducing cutting edge and varied ways of presenting history to redefine conventional museum experience.
More than just a space for exhibitions and artefacts, the National Museum will also distinguish itself through its challenging and vibrant festivals and events that will unleash new creative possibilities in culture and heritage.
This programming will be supported by a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail, Resource Centre, Cinematheque and Black Box space, Public Sculpture Garden among others.
With a rich history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore has been closed since April 28, 2003 for redevelopment of the old National Museum building and will re-open in December 2006.
Visit www.nationalmuseum.sg for details.

Source: www.nationalmuseum.sg Media Release 28 Nov 2005

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