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National Museum of Singapore – Virtual Tour

National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore – Virtual Tour

The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore, and it started as a section of a library at Singapore Institution and called the Raffles Library and Museum.

The museum focuses on exhibits related to the history of Singapore, and it is one of four national museums.

A Virtual Tour of the National Museum of Singapore

Highlights Tour of the National Museum of Singapore

Abraham Ortelius Map of Southeast Asia

The Abraham Ortelius Map of Southeast Asia, created in 1570, shows the Malay Peninsula as an elongated extension of mainland Southeast Asia. Modern-day Singapore is depicted and labeled as “Cincapura.”

his map is illustrated with mermaids and imaginary sea monsters.

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin Map of the Straits of Malacca

“Jacques-Nicolas Bellin Map of the Straits of Malacca,” is a maritime map of Singapore and Governor’s Straits dating to 1755.

This map shows landmarks along the western coast of the Malay Peninsula, including an island named Pulo ou Isle Panjang meaning “Long Island,” which is modern-day Singapore.

The purpose of this map was to provide the best maritime charts for the French ships. The French were competing against the British.

Jacques Nicolas Bellin was a French hydrographer and geographer. When this map was made, he was head of the French Hydrographic Office.

Melaka Print, 1750

“Melaka” is a print depicting Melaka of the 1750s. It shows Portuguese-built fortifications at the mouth of the Melaka River with Dutch ships in the foreground.

This print is from a 15-volume publication “Histoire générale des voyages” by Antoine François Prévost. Antoine François Prévost d’Exiles (1697 – 1763) usually known only as the Abbé Prévost, was a French author and novelist.

This print illustrated Melaka in Abbé Prévost’s book called “General History of Travel.”

Aceh Print

This print depicts Banda Aceh in the 1750s with Dutch East India Company ships in the foreground. This panoramic view shows the early settlements amongst the rice fields. 

The print was produced by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, a French hydrographer and geographer. When this print was made, he was head of the French Hydrographic Office.

Portrait of Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles

This “Portrait of Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles” depicts Raffles as youthful and knowledgeable, surrounded by symbols of his scholarly work.

He was an amateur writer and wrote “The History of Java” in 1817. He is shown with a manuscript in his hand sitting at his writing desk with sculptures from Java, where he contributed to the expansion of the British Empire.

Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781 – 1826) was a British statesman, Lieutenant-Governor of British Java, and Governor-General of Bencoolen, a British possession in Sumatra based in the area of what is now Bengkulu City. He is best known for his founding of Singapore.

National Museum of Singapore

  • Museum:         National Museum of Singapore
  • City:                 Singapore
  • Established:     1849; Former name: Raffles Library and Museum
  • Location:         93 Stamford Rd, Singapore
  • Building:          Built 1849, Architectural styles: Neo-Palladian, Renaissance

National Museum of Singapore Map

National Museum of Singapore

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“To bend a bamboo, start when it is a shoot.”
– Singaporean / Malay Proverb

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Photo Credit: GM

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