We Built A Nation

  • Stamford Gallery, Level 1
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

Singapore’s Golden Jubilee is an opportunity for Singaporeans to reflect on our history and the contributions of the pioneer generation of leaders in the early independence years. Through a selection of more than 100 artefacts, many never seen before, and archival images and documents, this exhibition explores the leadership of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team who laid the foundations for modern Singapore.

The exhibition is dedicated to an exploration of the first ten pivotal years of independence (1965–1975) that shaped Singapore’s history, and the important roles played by the founding leaders in developing Singapore’s economy, foreign policy and diplomacy, security and defence, education and infrastructure.

It pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew’s contributions to Singapore, and the ideals and convictions that shaped him and his generation of leaders.

Highlights include artefacts from a major donation from the Estate of Lee Kuan Yew, recently declassified material from Dr Goh Keng Swee from the National Archives of Singapore, as well as donations and loans from the families of many of the founding leaders.

Download the exhibition guide. English | Chinese | Bahasa Melayu | Tamil

*We Built A Nation will be closed for scheduled maintenance on 17 November 2016 from 9am to 2pm. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. 

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Author: National Museum of Singapore
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017