Presidential Presents: State Gifts Exhibit at National Museum of Singapore

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Silver Tea Set (1973) - Presented to Late Dr. Benjamin Henry Sheares, 2nd President of Republic of Singapore (1971 - 1981) by the late Tun Abdul Razak Bin Hussein Al-Haj, 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia (1970 - 1976)

21 September 2010, Singapore –  A collection of 50 selected official gifts received by the 6 Presidents of Singapore from 1962 to 2009 will be on display at the National Museum of Singapore from 22 September till 9 January 2011.  These gifts play an important role in establishing and enhancing good relations, in addition to the cultural and social heritage of the country presenting them.     This is the first time, these gifts are displayed outside of the Istana.  Visitors can expect to see decorative vases, ceremonial daggers, vividly painted bowls, exquisitely crafted gold and silverware in both traditional and contemporary styles.

Today, I had the chance to preview these gifts together with other members of the media at the second floor of the museum.  Some of the gifts were indeed amazing.

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Silver Goblets (2006) - The silver goblets engraved with Singapore's coat of arms were presented to President S R Nathan by Her Majesty Queen Eilizabeth II of the United Kingdom

All exhibits are accompanied by a detailed synopsis

Oval Shaped Crystal Vase 2004 - The intricately designed crystal vase was a gift from former President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland (1995 - 2005) to President S R Nathan during his State Visit to Singapore in February 2004

Dagger presented by Amir of Qatar to President Devan Nair on 7 May 1984

Singapore History Gallery opens daily from 10am to 6pm with last admission at 530pm.  The Singapore Living Galleries opens daily from 10am to 8pm and free admission is from 6pm to 8pm daily.

Ticketing :  Admission tickets to all ticketed exhibitions and programmes are on sale at SISTIC and the National Museum’s Visitor Services counter.  Exhibition tickets allow full-day access to the respective exhibitions.  Concession rates for most exhibitions and programmes are available to National Museum members, corporate members, students, seniors, NSF men and group bookings.  Valid passes have to be presented when purchasing tickets at the door.

Ticket prices:

  • Adult: S$10
  • Child (17 years and under), Student (tourist with valid student pass), NSF (with valid 11B pass) and Senior (tourist 60 years and above): S$5
  • Family Package (3 adults and 2 children): S$30
  • Child (6 years and under), Senior (Singaporean or Permanent Resident 60 years and above) & Student (Singapore or Permanent Resident):  Free admission
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 20 people (Prior booking required)

Below is a gallery of photos that I captured today with the Canon Ixus 300HS.  Enjoy!

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