Lonely Planet Writer

Glass Rotunda at the National Museum of Singapore reopens after two year hiatus

A beautiful rotunda that depicts a colourful array of animals and forest plants has been unveiled at the National Museum of Singapore following a two year hiatus.

The interactive digital installation at the National Museum of Singapore .
The interactive digital installation at the National Museum of Singapore . Image by National Museum of Singapore

The Glass Rotunda features two new immersive installations on display in the main gallery of the Singapore History Gallery, the first being a digital art piece entitled, “Story of the Forest” inspired by the William Farquhar Collection. The vibrant display features 69 drawings from the collection, brought to life and showcased in a unique digital format within the museum’s curving glass wall. The installation was created by Japanese digital collective teamLab, who re-imagined the work, inspired by 20th Century Malaya, taking visitors on a journey through three levels of the Rotunda. At the end of the multimedia journey, visitors to the display can view a photography installation titled, “Singapore, Very Old Tree” by artist Robert Zhao that explores the discourse of nature in Singapore.

The second level of the exhibit features an interactive secret garden that reacts to the movements of guests, who are encouraged to contribute to the installation themselves by folding origami flowers and attaching them to a blooming board.

The exhibition also offers the chance for younger visitors to create stick puppets and balloon animals inspired by the imagery to take home. More information on visiting the exhibits at the National Museum of Singapore is available on their website.