Exhibition on 700 years of Singapore's history to open at the National Museum

At the Ancient Singapore (1300-1818) section where the public can learn about the the legendary five Malay Kings taht ruled a prosperous trading settlement until the Javanese invaded the island. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
At the Ancient Singapore (1300-1818) section where the public can learn about the the legendary five Malay Kings taht ruled a prosperous trading settlement until the Javanese invaded the island. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
The Syonan-To (1942-1945) section where the public can experience a Changi Prison cell and see how Prisoners of Wars survived those years. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
The Syonan-To (1942-1945) section where the public can experience a Changi Prison cell and see how Prisoners of Wars survived those years. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
One of the exhibit at Colonial Singapore (1819-1942) where the British developed Singapore into a thriving port and premier city in the region. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
One of the exhibit at Colonial Singapore (1819-1942) where the British developed Singapore into a thriving port and premier city in the region. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
The Archaeology section where it showcases a part of the large collection of archaeological artefacts that have been unearthed over the years. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
The Archaeology section where it showcases a part of the large collection of archaeological artefacts that have been unearthed over the years. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
The Syonan-To (1942-1945) section where the public can experience the lives of the people during the Japanese occupation. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
The Syonan-To (1942-1945) section where the public can experience the lives of the people during the Japanese occupation. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Pathway leading to the Colonial Singapore (1819-1942) section - the period when the British arrived in 1819 and set up a trading factory on the island. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Pathway leading to the Colonial Singapore (1819-1942) section - the period when the British arrived in 1819 and set up a trading factory on the island. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - A new exhibition chronicling 700 years of Singapore's history will open at the National Museum of Singapore on Tuesday.

The immersive exhibition will take visitors through the country's annals - from a humble fishing village to the independent nation-state it is today.

It will feature six sections: Archaeology in Singapore; Ancient Singapore (1300 to 1818); Colonial Singapore (1819 to 1942), Syonan-To (1942 to 1945); Road to Merdeka (1946 to 1965) and Independent Singapore (1965 to 1975).

The exhibition is targeted at students and families, and admission is free for citizens, permanent residents and visitors aged six and below.

National Museum director Angelita Teo said the Singapura: 700 Years exhibition aims to give visitors an immersive and multi-sensory experience.

"Visitors will virtually 'jump into an exciting storybook' of Singapore's history, walking through the exhibition and experiencing what it might have felt like then," said Ms Teo.

A key feature and highlight is the section on archaeology, said Ms Teo, as it showcases how archaeologists here have helped piece together a deeper understanding of Singapore's ancient and colonial past, through the excavation of 19 sites over the past three decades.

Some artefacts on display date back to as early as the 10th century AD. One of the finds on show include a rare porcelain compass used for navigation in 14th century Singapore.

Singapura: 700 Years, which is housed at the museum's galleries 1 and 2, will be the main exhibition on show as the rest of the museum's permanent galleries have been closing in phases to undergo a revamp. These spaces will reopen in September next year.