GREAT FINDS

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Published on May 17, 2016 with No Comments

Go beyond the attractions touted in Singapore guidebooks. These underrated bunch have opened quietly, but we’re shedding light on the ones that could have slipped under the radar.

Words Ashley Kumar

 

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Credits: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

There is no doubt about it. The stars of the museum are definitely Prince, Apollonia and Twinky, the three diplodocid sauropod skeletons found in the United States. But, the recent addition of the Jubilee Whale, a nearly complete skeleton of a 10.6-metre sperm whale, and the 2,000 specimens and interactive displays at this museum located at National University of Singapore makes a visit here anytime simply awesome.

Singapore’s one and only natural history museum is an incredible world of biodiversity. Divided into Biodiversity Gallery and Heritage Gallery, visitors walk through different exhibits that showcase the relationship between Singapore’s development and its natural history. Some exhibits are displayed in curiosity cabinets, further engaging visitors into discovering the displays in a unique way. Book tickets through sistic.com.sg.

 

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Credits: URA

Kranji Marshes Guided Walk
One of the largest freshwater marshes in Singapore is now ready to be discovered by visitors. Known for its rustic charm, Kranji Marshes is a 56.8-hectare freshwater marshland and home a unique biodiversity. With the latest guided walk by National Parks Board, you can walk past pristine array of flora and fauna, catch sight of any of the 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies that call this place home.

Walk along Neo Tiew Woods and look out for birds and reptiles, such as woodpeckers and monitor lizards. At the Marsh Station, visit one of the bird hides for a chance to observe shy marsh birds such as the Purple Swamphen and Common Moorhen. Then enjoy a panoramic view of Kranji Marshes and Kranji Reservoir from the top of Raptor Tower. During the raptor migratory season between November to March, you may just spot visiting species such as the Black Baza and Japanese Sparrowhawk from here.

 

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Credits: MOSH!

MOSH!
Did you know that you can orchestrate a symphony of fireworks with a flick of your hand? Or that whatever your creative imagination desires can be realised on screen and more? This is the premise of MOSH! (pronounced “moshi”) at Sentosa. Okay, it’s a place designed more for the kids, but who says the kid in you can’t enjoy it as well?

Described as a creative future space, it utilises state-of-the-art immersive multimedia technology to create a stimulating virtual environment. Like in Paper Plane Adventure, kids are taught to fold a paper airplane then aim it at the screen. Once the plane hits the screen, an animation of a plane continues to fly across varied landscapes. There’s also Doodle Aquarium where your drawn caricature can be scanned and “transported” to another big screen that looks like a giant aquarium. What will make the child (and adult) squeal in glee is that each technological masterpiece identifies your gesture and motion and uses that to create an immersive virtual experience which is real-time, responsive and reactive. Now, that’s cool.

 

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Credits: National Gallery Singapore

The National Gallery Singapore
Okay, this one did not quite open quietly, but it had to make the list. Whether you’re a fan of the arts or otherwise, a visit to this decade-in-the making museum will inspire and leave you breathless. Marrying two of Singapore’s iconic monuments, the former Supreme Court and City Hall building, the Gallery is more than just a hallowed hall for exhibits. Apart from being the home to the original painting printed on the Singapore SGD50 note – the “Drying Salted Fish”, curated in 1978 – it also lets you peek into stunning spaces, once off-limits to the public. This includes the secret library for Singapore’s lawyers and judges, the Rotunda Dome, with its awe-inspiring hall and purpose-built circular tables; the beautifully-terrazoed floors of the Supreme Court foyer and the Padang Atrium with its filigree veil roof that allows for a dazzling play of light.

For exhibits, explore the works of Singapore’s homegrown artists at the DBS Singapore Gallery and the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery that presents the largest South-East Asian modern art exhibition in any space.

 

 

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