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Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

i)Involves learning about Singapore’s rich animal biodiversity and their adaptations through a hands-on practical using museum specimens.

ii)This workshop aims to introduce participants to Singapore’s rich biodiversity and various animal adaptations exhibited by these animals. Participants will learn about different structural adaptations and to infer behavioural adaptations from observing features of a variety of animal specimens. There will also be opportunities to handle actual museum specimens such as the leopard cat, civet, mudskipper, and octopus.


Asian Civilisation Museum

i) The Peranakan Museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia. Installed in the former Tao Nan Chinese School, built in 1912, this intimate museum possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects. Galleries on three floors illustrate the cultural traditions and the distinctive visual arts of the Peranakans.

ii) The Peranakan Museum explores the culture of the Peranakan communities in the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang and their links with other communities in Southeast Asia. It is a boutique museum with one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan artefacts in the world. Every school visit to the Peranakan Museum is a fun and meaningful affair. One can expect highly-innovative school programmes that include hands-on activities and interactive storytelling that benefit both educators as well as students of all ages and learning abilities.


Fort Canning Park

i)A former underground command center in Fort Canning Hill, Battle Box was constructed in 1936. and was part of the Malay Command headquarters during the battle for Singapore.  It was also the site of where lieutenant general Arthur Percival made the fateful decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on the 15th of Feb 1942.
Students can discover how the underground command center functioned as a bunker replete with features as signals and air defence rooms.


National Gallery Singapore

i)The National Gallery Singapore is an art gallery located in the Downtown Core of Singapore. Opened on 24 November 2015, it oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian art, consisting of over 8,000 artworks.


Visitation of historical streets

i) Chinatown

1. Like all the great things, Chinatown had a humble beginning.
Following Singapore’s founding, migrants looking to make their fortune in Singapore began arriving in droves. Life back then wasn’t easy for the man on the street and home often meant nothing more than a wooden board to serve as a bed. Freshwater had to be carted in by bullock-drawn carts, the practice of which gave rise to Chinatown’s other name – Niu Che Shui, or Bullock-Cart-Water.Over the years, Chinatown has changed and evolved, but it remains our beloved enclave of culture and tradition, defined by the very people who live, work and play on its streets – and here are their stories

ii) Little India

1.Little India’s streets are named after its 19th-century residents: Dunlop Street, for an European family, Belilios Lane, for cattle importer I.R. Belilios, and Campbell Lane for British soldier Sir Colin Campbell.
You may not know that Little India once had a racecourse, cattle herders and brick kilns.
But while these places and people are gone, time stands still in pockets of this historic district.
Olden-day trades sit next to newer businesses: flower-garland vendors, modern eateries, boutique hotels, as well as arts groups.

iii) Geylang Serari Malay Village

1.The Malay Village of Geylang Serai, built in 1989, sits on a one hectare area about the size of two football fields. Completed with rows of replica Malay kampong houses, it is a museum-styled exhibition site which showcases the lifestyle of the local Malays before the sixties.