SINGAPORE - Couples, young families and tourists were among the first members of the public to view an exhibition by The Straits Times when the ArtScience Museum opened its doors on Friday morning.
Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow, an exhibition featuring stories and photographs from the newspaper's archives since its launch in 1845, opened to the public on Friday morning, and will run till Oct 4.
It is the first exhibition at the museum that is free to the public.
The exhibition unfolds across six galleries. Instead of following a chronological order, the themes mirror the different sections of the newspaper: Business, Home, World, Sport, Life and Forum.
Among the first visitors was nine-year-old Javier Yap, who toured the exhibition with his family.
The Cantonment Primary School pupil enjoyed the interactive exhibits, particularly the video display of the country's elite naval divers at the Home section.
"Through the exhibition, I got to learn more about Singapore and our history," said Javier.
The exhibition, which also chronicles Singapore's struggles and triumphs through stories, comes as the broadsheet celebrates its 170th anniversary and Singapore marks 50 years as a nation. It was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday.
The newspaper underwent a revamp on July 1 across its print, online and mobile platforms, giving it "a new gloss and a new glow", said editor Warren Fernandez on Wednesday (July 15), when the newspaper celebrated its anniversary.
Retiree Yeo Cheng Ann, 66, was impressed with the amount of work put into the exhibition.
"The exhibition was nostalgic, and it helped us to relive past memories," noted Mr Yeo, who was at the exhibition with his wife. "Singapore has changed significantly, and the transformation over the years is just remarkable."
The exhibition is co-curated by The Straits Times and the ArtScience Museum.
CapitaLand is the presenting sponsor, while Standard Chartered Bank is the gold sponsor. Best Denki sponsored the equipment used at the showcase.