The Singapore Maritime Gallery (SMG) which underwent a facelift, was officially opened today by Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport.
Visitors can immerse themselves in virtual reality as they experience a 360 degrees view of the various ship models and their components, SMG said in a press statement on April 17, 2017.
Among the new features of the Gallery are two new sections called the “Changing Gallery” and the “Epilogue”. The “Changing Gallery” is a versatile space that can host exhibitions, workshops and other maritime-related activities. The “Epilogue” is a resource corner where visitors can access maritime-related materials and publications for research work or students’ project work.
Children will also be able to learn more about the diversity and vibrancy of Singapore's maritime industry through interactive games. For example, a container-stacking game which explains the importance of not overloading a vessel, hands-on nautical knots challenge, and a “Set Sail” game where children can learn about navigational safety and the importance of marine conservation.
The maritime industry has developed and progressed significantly over the years. To capture these developments to provide visitors with a richer content, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) refreshed the gallery.
“The transformation of Singapore from a small trading post into a global hub port and international maritime centre is a remarkable story," said Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of the MPA. "The refreshed Singapore Maritime Gallery will allow us to reach out to younger Singaporeans and interest them not only in our heritage, but also a career in the maritime industry which contributes some 7% to our GDP. It will complement the activities of our MaritimeONE partners in raising the profile and awareness of the maritime industry.”
SMG is open from 9.00am to 6.00pm from Tuesdays to Sundays including public holidays. The Gallery is closed on Monday, unless it is a public holiday. Admission is free.