National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

Fodor’s Singapore’s 25 Best was one of the books used to explore Singapore. During our week long stay, we visited many of its recommended sites. The National Museum of Singapore was not listed as a top spot, but should be so considered in the next edition. We spent about two hours in the Singapore History Gallery just scratching the surface of Singapore’s history from the 14th century to the modern period using the Companion, a multimedia handheld device. It has an LCD display, a pair of Senhauser earphones, and a keypad that enables audio, visual, and textual content that complements the Museum’s physical collection. We were able to read descriptions, listen to expert opinions and dramatized scenarios, as well as watch videos related to the artifacts. This state-of-the-art technology allows a high level of interactivity. What a great way to explore Singapore, and highly recommended. Another book, although not easily available in the U.S., that helped us explore this city state is Discover Singapore on Foot. Dominque Grele and Lydie Raimbault share the nooks and cranies of Singapore in 18 suggested walking tours. Tour books often recommend how to see Singapore in two or three days. More time in this wonderful place allows for a much greater appreciation of what Singapore has to offer.

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