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Collecting Contemporary Singapore: Technology

The National Museum of Singapore is expanding our public engagement efforts to crowdsource objects and related stories/photos from residents in Singapore, to broaden our contemporary collection. We will focus on different themes each year to encourage residents to contribute and reflect upon life in Singapore in recent times.

These contributions may reveal different perspectives of contemporary Singapore that will shape and inform the curation of our future exhibitions.

The 2022 theme for this campaign will focus on technology. Technology plays an indispensable role in our daily lives, and has pivotally transformed the ways in which we live, work, play and socialise. We would like to invite you to contribute your memories and objects relating to the theme of technology, and how it has played an important role in your life. In addition to archiving relevant contributions, there may also be future avenues to display these stories and objects at the National Museum of Singapore.

The 2022 theme for this campaign will focus on technology. Technology plays an indispensable role in our daily lives, and has pivotally transformed the ways in which we live, work, play and socialise. We would like to invite you to contribute your memories and objects relating to the theme of technology, and how it has played an important role in your life. In addition to archiving relevant contributions, there may also be future avenues to display these stories and objects at the National Museum of Singapore.

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iPhone 3GS

“The iPhone 3GS was my first smartphone. It is not an exaggeration to call it a life-changing experience when you literally have the Internet in your pocket.” 

– Jonathan Lim


Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP)

“The launch of the PSP represented a real shift, that you could finally take the same level of home gaming, movie and entertainment experience with you anywhere on -the -go.” 


– Gerald Tan, member of local gaming collective Retro DNA


Creative Zen Micro

“The Zen Micro was one of the most popular models in this series of MP3 players which were a mainstay amongst users worldwide during the 2000s.” 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     – Local technology company Creative Technology Ltd

Panasonic plain paper laser fax

“The fax machine was an important communication equipment in the office that helped to send and receive documents, before emails took over that function.” 


– T. L. Tan


Share your objects and related stories/photos with us!


You might recall the chats you had on your first mobile phone, or how the videocassette recorder came to the rescue when you had to miss your favourite television sitcom because of work. These everyday devices have brought us convenience, saved us time, and changed our way of life. Spurred by continuing advancements in technology, the 2000s welcomed newer and faster gadgets that continue to leave an indelible mark on our lives.


As part of the National Museum of Singapore’s Collecting Contemporary Singapore initiative, we invite you to contribute your own technological objects from the 2000s onwards – and their stories – that have shaped your daily life in the following themes:


– Work
– Communications
– Home living
– Play


Submission details

The National Museum welcomes the public to share your objects and related stories/photos with us!

Click here to submit your entry!

Relevant contributions may be featured in future exhibitions presented by the museum. The curatorial team will get in touch at an appropriate time to follow up on suitable submissions.

For further queries, please contact the museum’s Curatorial team at NHB_NMS_Curatorial@nhb.gov.sg.
Please note that unsolicited donations sent through the mail or otherwise without prior correspondence with our curators will not be accepted.

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