The National Museum of Singapore has created the first purpose-built dedicated social space for seniors in a local museum, in partnership with Lien Foundation. Named Reunion, the space opens on 13 April 2023 and will support the museum’s initiatives for seniors, to encourage meaningful conversations and activities using the museum’s collection and exhibition galleries. The space, which comprises a café and an activity space, was conceptualised as part of a collaboration between both organisations to support the health and well-being of seniors, including those living with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. The activity space features a group activity area, an immersive projection cave, a Quiet Room, and music booths, to encourage group activity during the museum’s programmes for seniors and also enhance their museum-visiting experience.
With Singapore having one of the fastest-ageing populations in the world and an increasing incidence of persons diagnosed with dementia, this timely collaboration seeks to support the growing needs of the growing community, in line with the recently announced 2023 Action Plan for Successful Ageing. It is also part of Our SG Heritage Plan’s overall efforts to reach out to underserved communities such as seniors with mild cognitive impairment and dementia, and foster an age-friendly museum sector.
Befitting its name, Reunion provides a space for seniors to build relationships with old and new friends, as well as to relax and be rejuvenated from the day-to-day routine. Seniors can look forward to reconnecting with the past and relating their own stories and experiences with each other through programmes organised in the activity space. They can also enjoy wholesome meals and conversations in the adjacent café space. To participate in the museum’s programmes, seniors and their caregivers may refer to the museum’s website for information and to register for the programmes.
Venue: National Museum of Singapore
When: 13 Apr 2023 - 31 Dec 2024,