This free retro-themed exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore is a nostalgic blast to the past

by Dawn Pillay
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If you’re a millennial or an early Gen Z-er, chances are you’ve probably witnessed the last of the pagers, landlines, fax machines, public payphones, dial-up internet and more being phased out of our everyday lives. And if you were born before the millennial generation, then this will be even more nostalgic for you. 

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Photo: National Museum of Singapore

Fun, educational and great for photos, head on over to the free retro-themed exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore for a retrospective blast to the past. 

Photos: @defectedmelody and @chiawaikiat/instagram

The “OFF / ON: Everyday Technology that Changed our Lives, 1970s – 2000s” exhibition available from now to 30 October 2022 features different spaces outfitted with old-school decor and technology from the days before.

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Photo: National Museum of Singapore

“We are more “switched on” today than ever, and connected to a vast network of technology and gadgets than we could have possibly imagined back then. Step into this immersive showcase and explore how everyday technological tools changed and shaped the lives of Singaporeans from the 1970s to 2000s.“

Photos: @defectedmelody/instagram

From a retro kopitiam and classic salon to an ‘old-fashioned’ home styled from our parents/grandparents’ time and more, explore the sets and check out the interesting details bringing us back in time.

retro-themed exhibition
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Think typewriters, personal computers, and technicolour television sets!

Photos: National Museum of Singapore and @defectedmelody/instagram

The IG-worthy spaces also make a great backdrop for photos if you’re coming with friends, a date or bringing the kids – so if you enjoy dressing up, come dressed in your vintage best and take allll the photos you want. 

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Last but not least, if you love a good escape room experience, this is where you’ll be able to book tickets (from S$12) to An Escape Through Time and have fun with an exclusive retro-themed in-gallery escape room at the National Museum of Singapore.

PS: Do note that the gallery will be closed earlier on Fridays, Saturdays and other selected days in preparation for the Escape Room Game with the last admission at 5.30pm.

National Museum of Singapore
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📍 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897 (Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level)
🕒 10am – 7pm (Mon to Sun) 

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