Witness to War: Remembering 1942 Exhibition
23 September, 2017 - 25 March, 2018
Discover untold stories of the events leading up to the Japanese occupation of Singapore at Witness to War: Remembering 1942 at the National Museum. This new exhibition is centred on the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942. It tells of Singapore’s fall and its immediate aftermath, through “witnesses to war” such as artefacts and accounts from war survivors and veterans. It also explores the time period – from the late 1930s onwards – leading up to the event, setting the British surrender against the larger backdrop of upheaval in the Pacific region. It moves beyond the traditional portrayals of World War Two.
Through collaborations with over 10 museums and institutions across the Pacific such as the Australian War Memorial, the exhibition features over 130 artefacts from both overseas partners and the National Collection. These artefacts, many of which have never been displayed in Southeast Asia before, highlight a shared regional history which allows visitors to understand the international and regional significance of the Fall of Singapore.
Look forward to immersive and multi-sensory experiences such as a time tunnel displaying a film montage and interactive stations. There is also a dedicated family activity space for young ones aged seven to 12, which introduces the subject of war to children through the eyes of young people who lived through the fall of Singapore in 1942.
The museum is opened daily from 10am to 7pm.