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Mon Oct 29 2012, 10:00am–8:00pm

Where: National Museum Of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road , Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The Goh Seng Choo Gallery will undergo its first rotation of the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings this October after reopening last year as the National Museum of Singapore’s sixth permanent gallery. After being closed from 18 – 28 October 2012, the Gallery will reopen on 29 October 2012 with Seen & Heard in Singapore: Island Ecologies Today and in the Time of William Farquhar, the second instalment of over 60 paintings commissioned by Singapore’s first Resident and Commandant.

The exhibition will highlight aspects of Singapore’s biodiversity that are fast disappearing or have disappeared since Farquhar’s time, and will include audio and visual aspects to provide a more immersive experience with the showcased artefacts.

The rotation will be categorised into the following sections:
1. Birdsong in the Time of Farquhar, where visitors can listen to songs of birds present in William Farquhar’s time and today.
2. No Animal is an Island, a section focusing on the civet cat, highlighting its intricate relationship between various organisms in the ecosystem.
3. Secrets of the Forest, where Singapore’s rare and little known flora and fauna are on display.
4. Muddy Beginnings, displays paintings of mangrove inhabitants such as the Coastal Horseshoe Crab and Dragon Mudskipper.
5. City of Palms, showcases a variety of palms in Singapore such as the Coconut, or ‘Tree of Life’, a name that references its vast uses.
6. Together Again: (Wood:Cut) This is an animation film recasting Singapore’s mid-20th century woodcut movement in the contemporary context of ‘cutting wood’.

The Goh Seng Choo Gallery reopens today and will feature over 60 different drawings, with rotations scheduled once a year. The Gallery is open daily from 10am to 8pm, and admission is free. For more information, please visit or call 6332 3659 / 6332 5642.