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Dislocations: Memory & Meaning of the Fall of Singapore, 1942

29 Jan 2022 - 29 May 2022
Exhibition Gallery,
Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free Admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents
Dislocations: Memory and Meaning of the Fall of Singapore, 1942 is a commemorative exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of the British Surrender to the Imperial Japanese Army in Singapore on 15 February 1942.

It features a blend of physical objects, documents and oral histories woven into specially designed spaces meant to evoke reflections and conversations among visitors, as they explore the notion of “war memory” and the different ways it can be remembered and retold.

Dislocations also utilises interactive methods such as augmented reality and gamification to present different aspects of the Fall, and invites visitors to consider how the centenary of the Fall of Singapore in 2042 may be commemorated.

Complementing the exhibition is a display of a historic Singapore Armed Forces tank on the museum lawn, which serves as a contemporary response on the need for self-reliance in defending the nation.

Dislocations Special Opening Premiere

28 January, Friday | 8PM
Premiere on NMS Facebook and Instagram

Don’t miss the exclusive Dislocations video premiere on NMS Facebook and Instagram with Assistant Curator Rachel Eng for a sneak peek of the specially designed spaces and stories.

Dislocations game
Curious about what different groups of people in Singapore might have experienced in the days leading to the Fall? Choose your preferred ‘character’ in this visual novel, Sunset in Singapore!

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Join us for a series of Dislocations programmes to dive deeper into the stories of different voices that have come out of the conflict.

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Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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