The blockbuster exhibition Treasures of the World from the British Museum was officially opened by Guest of Honour, Minister Grace Fu at the National Museum of Singapore on 4 December 2015.
Minister Grace Fu said, “This collaboration between our National Museum and the British Museum reflects the strong ties we share between our cultural institutions, and between our countries. Through this exhibition, the British Museum has generously shared with us its treasured collection including items from the personal collection of Sir Stamford Raffles which has great significance to Singapore as we celebrate our Golden Jubilee. It will be an exhibition that will allow us to be educated again on our history and reflect on the place of Singapore’s culture in the world.”
Minister Fu toured the exhibition that encompasses more than two million years of abundant culture and history, and features relics from ancient cultures and treasures spanning Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania.
The exhibition also includes items collected by Sir Stamford Raffles when he was in Southeast Asia, such as a Javanese mask and a kris and scabbard dating back to the early 19th century.
Treasures of the World from the British Museum has two Young Explorers’ Zones which contain activity sheets and learning stations that enable children and their parents to explore and discover different objects from around the world that are presented in the exhibition.
The blockbuster exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive show from the British Museum’s collection in Singapore to date. Besides visiting the exhibition, visitors can also enjoy public programmes such as workshops, curated tours, lectures by representatives from the British Museum and other historians, as well as theatre performances in the gallery. The exhibition catalogue and selected merchandise from the British Museum are also available for sale at the museum’s Museum Label shop.
Treasures of the World from the British Museum is presented by the National Museum of Singapore and organised by the British Museum. The exhibition runs at the National Museum of Singapore from 5 December 2015 to 29 May 2016. Admission fees apply.