Exhibition

Witness to War: Remembering 1942

Exhibition Galleries,
Basement Level
10am – 7pm (last admission at 6.30pm)
Free admission for Citizens, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
75 years after the fall of Singapore, rediscover this watershed event through a special international exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. Hear first-hand accounts from witnesses to war: ordinary men and women whose lives were upheaved by the outbreak of hostilities in Singapore in 1942. The exhibition presents the complexities of the events that led to the fall of Singapore, paying homage to the extraordinary tenacity with which these men and women bore their circumstances.
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Featuring artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions, Witness to War will also explore how Singapore’s fall was part of a wider campaign waged by the Japanese Empire across the Pacific.

The exhibition will also feature two special artworks by Australian artist Angela Tiatia and Singaporean artist Debbie Ding. They were developed as part of the first Australia-Singapore Joint Artist Residency exchange programme, which saw the artists participate in one-month residences at the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Singapore. The artworks are intimate, evocative responses to Singapore and Australia’s shared World War Two history, and will be displayed outside the exhibition galleries.

For a better understanding of these two contemporary artworks, titled After the Fall: Artworks by Angela Tiatia and Debbie Ding, download the exhibition booklet here.

A Child’s Perspective

A special family activity space, entitled “A Child’s Perspective”, has been set up within the exhibition gallery to provide a place for families to guide their young ones – aged 7 to 12 – through the complex topic of war. This activity space offers young visitors a glimpse of what war in Singapore was like for young people such as themselves, and includes a variety of interactive activities, such as the opportunity to explore a makeshift air-raid shelter.

 

Guided Tours for Schools and Educators

A special series of guided tours for schools, conducted by the museum's volunteer guides, curator’s tours for educators, and walking trails conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments, are also available for young audiences. Email nhb_nm_schools@nhb.gov.sg for details.

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Young Journalist's Trail

Two activity booklets have been designed to enable young audiences to go on an interactive quest through the National Museum’s three war-related galleries including Witness to War: Remembering 1942 and the Life in Singapore: Surviving Syonan gallery. Download the activity booklets for young audiences aged 7 to 12 here, and for young audiences aged 13 and above here.

 

Student Archivist Project

The exhibition includes two video booths within the gallery, which showcase five specially selected student archivist video interviews. For the first time, the museum involved students in the curation of exhibition content, enlisting their help with the recording, preserving and sharing of war survivors’ experiences.

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Guided tours

English

Each tour is approximately one hour and is limited to 20 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mon – Fri
11.30am
Sat & Sun
11.30am & 2.30pm

Mandarin 中文导览

此导览限首20名在售票处登记的公众。请向售票处工作人员索取一张参加导览的标签贴以示登记成功。

Sat & Sun 星期六与星期天
12.30pm & 3pm

Japanese 日本語ガイド

本語ガイドに参加されるお客様は、チケットカウ ンターで番号札をお受取ください。番号札はお帰りの際に担当ガイドか受付までご返却ください

Tue & Thu 火曜日 及び 木曜日
1pm
Every second & fourth Sat of the Month 第2及び第4土曜日
1pm

Admission Charges

Citizens & Permanent Residents

Adult
Free
Student & Senior aged 60 & above with valid ID
Free

Non-Citizens & non- Permanent Residents

Adult
$18
Student & Senior aged 60 & above with valid ID
$14

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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