OFF / ON: Everyday Technology that Changed our Lives, 1970s – 2000s

10 Jun 2022 - 30 Oct 2022
Exhibition Gallery,
Basement Level
10am – 7pm. Last admission to the gallery on 21 Oct is at 3.30pm. The gallery will also be closed earlier on Saturdays
and other selected days in preparation for the Escape Room Game
with last admission at 5.30pm. View the full list of affected dates for the Oct Escape Room Game slots below. The museum may bring forward the last admission timing earlier than as stipulated
in consideration of the crowd situation during peak periods especially Saturday afternoons.
Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs. For full admission details, please view the Visit page for details.

Just a few decades ago, it was still common to complete an assignment using pen and paper instead of a computer, and to play with physical toys rather than a handheld device. Fast forward to today, where technology now plays an indispensable role in our daily lives, and pivotally transformed the ways in which we live, work, play and socialise. 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. Set against the backdrop of the nation's industrialisation and rapid transformation period, the showcase takes visitors through familiar local settings at home, work and other social spaces with a small, yet specially curated selection of technology icons from Singapore's past. These include the typewriter and personal computer, as well as telecommunications and entertainment devices such as the payphone, pager and the technicolour television set. Visitors can look forward to getting to know and reconnecting with some of these technologies, through several themed installations with complementary gamified experiences including an escape room activity.

Presented as part of the National Museum's Collecting Contemporary Singapore initiative that aims to broaden the museum's efforts in documenting diverse perspectives of contemporary Singapore, this showcase encourages visitors to reflect on how technology has made an indelible mark on their everyday life. Residents in Singapore are also invited to contribute their memories and objects relating to the theme of technology up to the present day, and how it has played an important role in their lives.



Step into a retro office for a day’s work. Be part of the chatter at a bustling salon or coffeeshop. Cosy up in a nostalgic living room. Beat your personal best in a reimagined classic game.

Reconnect with some of the innovative technological icons from our past through a series of immersive installations set in familiar, nostalgic settings, complemented with engaging digital games and activities. To top your experience, take part in our exclusive afterhours game as you make your escape in time.

All set? Step in and explore the technological wonders of our yesteryears.

Digital Companion

Can't wait to switch on with us? Here's a handy Digital Companion to further enhance your showcase experience, featuring unique games. 

To enjoy these exciting elements, sign up for an account and generate a unique QR code. Scan and play away. 

Click here to sign up!

Players who successfully complete all the assigned activities in the Digital Companion can stand a chance to win prizes through a lucky draw!

Prizes to be won:

 - Creative Zen Hybrid ANC headphones

 - Creative Stage Air Under-monitor Soundbar 

 - An exclusive range of technological icons inspired merchandise from Supermama worth over $100

Prizes are sponsored by Creative Technology Limited.

Congratulations to our winners below!

  • Mok Kai Xin
  • Yeo Quan Bin
  • Joanne Wee Suet Mun
  • Chua Si Min Stephanie Xanthe
  • Muhammad Fadhil Bin Mashwari
  • Lee Chih Lin
  • Teo Kai Jie
  • Fang Bao Jun Nicholas
  • Lydia Law
  • Muhamad Syahmi Bin Suhaimi
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    An Escape Through Time

    Make your escape through time after dark in this exclusive in-gallery escape room game at the National Museum of Singapore.

    Click here for OCTOBER dates

    $15 per person for groups of 3 to 6 participants. $12 per person for groups of 7 to 10 participants.

    Book your tickets here

    The first game will commence at 6.30pm.


    Public Call: Collecting Contemporary Singapore - Technology

    Share your memories with us.

    The 2000s welcomed newer and faster gadgets that have pivotally transformed the way we live, work, and play. Do you own any gadgets under the themes of work, communications, home living and play? As part of the Collecting Contemporary Singapore initiative, we invite you to contribute your technological icons from the 2000s onwards – and their stories – that have shaped your daily life.


    Click here to share it with us today

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