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DigiMuse Presents: Virtual Showcase

From videos of edible treats inspired by artefacts unique to our history, to AR filters and experiences that allow us to “try on” and get up-close to our national treasures, embark on a digital exploration of Singapore’s heritage as part of the DigiMuse Presents: Virtual Showcase.

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SmartGuide App by DigiMuse Presents

There's more to these familiar neighbourhoods than meets the eye. Embark on an audio tour of Balestier, Little India and Orchard Road, and discover the rich history behind each of these precincts.

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An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Modern Singapore

Uncover two centuries of international exploration, trade and intrigue that culminated in the founding of Singapore as an entrepot in 1819.

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Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera Dan Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting & Refracting Singapura

adopts the themes of reflection and refraction as a pair of lenses to focus, clarify and contrast different perspectives. The exhibition showcases indigenous historical sources to provide counterpoints to Western perspectives and narratives of the Malay World.

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National Monuments

Our National Monuments are an integral part of Singapore’s built heritage, which the National Heritage Board (NHB) preserves and promotes for posterity. They are monuments and sites that are accorded the highest level of protection in Singapore.

Home Truly

Relive the highs, lows and moments in between of Singapore’s journey from its beginnings as a nation to today with Nadine and her beloved grandfather! This experience is presented in collaboration with The Straits Times.

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Heritage Trails

Our shared heritage, and the stories behind them, can be found in every nook and corner – be it at our iconic National Monuments, or in our everyday spaces such as our favourite neighbourhood playground. Embark on the National Heritage Board's well-loved heritage trails and experience for yourself the untold stories behind the neighbourhoods and streets of Singapore where we live, work and play.

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Playgrounds of the Past

Just a few decades ago in Singapore, the HDB playground used to be the “headquarters” for the children in the neighbourhood. Coming home from school and still in their uniforms, they would play Catch, or “Police and Thief”, and challenge one another at “Zero Point”.

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Traditional Kampong Games

Back in the day, games were creative – wrought out of pure imagination and items lying around – and children, as well as adults alike, invented them to keep themselves entertained.

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Once Upon a Time in Little India

This digital archive of the Once Upon a Time in Little India exhibition features ten stories presented in the exhibition.

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From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits – Revisiting Our Tamil Heritage

presents a compendium of narratives that recount the experiences of Tamil diasporas in Southeast Asia and Singapore from pre-modern to contemporary times.

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Chetti Melaka

The Chetti Melaka are descendants of Tamil traders who settled in Melaka during the reight of the Melaka Sultanate and married local women of Malay and Chinese descent.

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Guo Pei: Chinese Art & Couture

presents a dialogue between historical and contemporary Chinese design, juxtaposing 29 embroidered masterworks by China’s foremost couturière with 20 Chinese art masterpieces in the Asian Civilisations Museum’s collection.

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A Journey of Devotion

While many Singaporeans will recognise its name, Thaipusam’s roots, rituals and practitioners are still unfamiliar to many. This important festival is celebrated every year, primarily by Singapore’s Tamil Hindu community.

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Ramadan Together

Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar and the holiest month of the year. Muslims all around the world fast (referred to as puasa in Malay) from sunrise to sunset every day throughout the month.

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HCC: Caring for the National Collection

Opened in 2000, the Heritage Conservation Centre is a purpose-built facility located on Jurong Port Road that serves as the repository of the National Collection.

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HCC: Conservation Services

One of the key duties of the HCC is to care for and carry out conservation treatment on the National Collection. The main purpose of this is to strengthen the stability of its physical condition so that the artefacts and artworks can remain accessible for generations to come and preserve our shared heritage.

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HCC: Collections Management

The Collections Management department at HCC is responsible for the management of and facilitating access to the National Collection.

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MUSE SG Volume 13 Issue 01

With Singapore having ratified the UNESCO convention to safeguard ICH in 2018 and having nominated Hawker Culture to the UNESCO Representative List of ICH, MUSE SG is launching a two-part series that uncovers the various ICH practices in Singapore.

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Conversation Starter Kit for Seniors: Series 1 - Places

The Conversation Starter Kit for Seniors consists of a selection of 40 images of buildings, landmarks, scenes and objects from the National Collection to facilitate meaningful conversations between seniors and volunteers.

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The Singapore Story through 60 objects

Discover 60 objects from Singapore's various National Collections that provide a sweeping overview of the story of Singapore from the late first millennium, through the colonial period to the present.

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Making and Repairing of Malay Drums

Malay drums play a vital role in the various types of Malay performing arts and traditional music performances.

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Making of Chinese Signboards

Traditionally, signboards are hung above the entrances and doors of Chinese temples, clan associations, businesses, schools and even private homes. Usually made with wooden boards, these plaques are either carved or painted with beautiful calligraphic characters that indicate the name and use of the building or space.

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Making of Flower Garlands

Flowers play a central role in Hindu religious and cultural practices, and significant life events. Whether in temples or at home, flower garlands are frequently used in worship, which is also known as puja (“worship” in Sanskrit).

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Yusheng and Lo Hei

Lo hei 捞起 (Cantonese for ‘tossing up’) refers to the communal tossing of yusheng 鱼生, a dish comprising fish slices, vegetables, spices and condiments.

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Making of Tempeh and Tapai

Tempeh and tapai are fermented food commonly produced and consumed in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

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Zapin

Indian dance forms in Singapore include bharatanatyam, kathakali, kathak, manipuri, kuchipudi and odissi, amongst others. The dance forms involve specific gestures, expressions, steps and postures rooted in the traditions from the various regions in India.

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The Nineteen Day Feast and the Bahá’í Community Life

The Bahá’í community traces the origin of their faith to Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892), whom they regard as the most recent Messenger of God. A key tenet of the Bahá’í Faith is the unity of mankind and its fundamental principles consist of the belief in the oneness of God, the oneness of humankind and the oneness of religion.

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Passover, and Associated Jewish Practices and Rituals

Known as Pesach in Hebrew, the Passover is one of the most important festivals of the Jewish community. An annual Jewish tradition, the Passover commemorates the end of Jewish slavery in ancient Egypt, as narrated in the Book of Exodus in the Torah.