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Off/On: Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives, 1970s-2000s

June 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - October 30, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Date: 10 June – 30 October 2022

Timing: 10am-7pm daily (last admission 6.30pm)

Location: National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level

Admission fee: TBC

Get ready to be transported back in time with National Museum of Singapore’s Off/On: Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives, 1970s-2000s showcase that brings back technology from our nostalgic past. From the typewriter and personal computer, to telecommunications and entertainment devices such as the payphone, pager and the technicolour television set, look forward to getting to know and reconnecting with some of these technologies through several themed installations with complementary gamified experiences!


This immersive showcase explores how everyday technological tools changed and shaped the lives of Singaporeans from the 1970s to 2000s. Set against the backdrop of the nation’s industrialisation and rapid transformation period, Off/On takes visitors through familiar local settings at home, work and other social spaces with a small, yet specially curated selection of technology icons from Singapore’s past. 


Presented as part of the National Museum’s Collecting Contemporary Singapore initiative that aims to broaden the museum’s efforts in documenting diverse perspectives of contemporary Singapore, this showcase encourages visitors to reflect on how technology has made an indelible mark on their everyday life. Residents in Singapore are also invited to contribute their memories and objects relating to the theme of technology up to the present day, and how it has played an important role in their lives.


As part of this showcase, there will also be an afterhours escape room activity that will be available as a ticketed experience on selected dates. Please note that the gallery will be closed at 6pm for the escape room game on these selected dates, with last admission at 5.30pm. More details will be shared at a later date and please refer to our website for updates.


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