Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Accidental Tourist – Museum exploration: National Museum

For those in the know, Singapore is actually a fabulous place for museums. Frankly I didn’t know this even though I stayed here all my life until it was pointed out by an overseas cousin. Then I discovered that there are many many museums in Singapore – something like 15 or so (large and small). That’s quite some for a tiny island country.
I got my “Friends of the Museum” card earlier this year (entitles me to free entry to many of the museums) and explored a few of the known ones like National Museum, Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Asian Civilisation Museum and not so known ones like Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (long way down to National University of Singapore), Singapore Philatelic Museum and Mint Museum of Toys.
I blogged about my little trip to Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research earlier and this write-up is about my trips down to the National Museum.
2 Photos taken at the “Quest for Immortality – Egypt” exhibition (all photos of this exhibition were taken using a "point & shoot" Olympus U-tough camera which accounts for the high noise level given the low light conditions in the museum):

Colossal head of a king – 332-222 BCE. Location probably Alexandria, Lower Egypt. The deep eye sockets were probably once inlaid with another coloured material.

photo of Egyptian Mummy

3 photos taken at the recent “Pompeii – Life in a Roman Town 79CE” exhibition:
iconic image of the victims of the deadly volcanic blast

Detailed mosaic work from one of the exhibits
(you can see the seashells used as part of the decoration on this piece)

Vibrant fresco that survived the volcanic eruption

Onto the world and beyond!

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