Singapore 1960

With a population of near five million and a robust economy now, it is sure hard to imagine Singapore in 1960 with a population of 1.6 million surviving on a per capita gross national income of only $1,330. So why not come see for yourself at Singapore 1960—an exhibition of our island's socio-cultural landscape in the crucial year of independence.

In celebration of our nation's 50th year of self-government, the National Museum presents the exhibition, Singapore 1960, which consists of installations of cultural spaces familiar to Singaporeans such as Haw Par Villa as well as more than 300 artefacts from a 100-year-old Strohmenger grand piano to hundreds of popular vinyl records of the era.


Alongside the main exhibition, guided tours and public lectures such as 'Growing Up in Singapore as Singapore was Growing Up', 'In Transit: Architecture in 1960s Singapore' and 'Classes, Beasts and the Lion City: Singapore film in 1960' will also be available for visitors to the National Museum from 3 June to 22 Aug.

On top of that, curators Jason Toh and Priscilla Chua would be leading the Curators' Tours on 17 June, 15 July and 19 August at 7.30pm-8.30pm. Unlike the main exhibition and the guided tours which is free for all, visitors will have to purchase tickets at $8 for the tour. 15 participants are limited to each session.  

In the year 1960, then Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said this in his first New Year Day speech to the nation: "Through hard work, faith and a little good fortune, may 1960 bring more happiness to more of us." Find out this weekend; see for yourself how much we have progressed.

National Museum
93 Stamford Road
Exhibition Gallery 1 (Basement)

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Opening hours
3 June 2010-22 Aug 2010

Related link: National Museum website

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