ST170 exhibition captures past, present and gazes into the future

In less than three weeks, more than 40,000 people have visited the Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow multi-media exhibition at the ArtScience Museum, at Marina Bay Sands, to mark The Straits Times' 170-year history.  During the long weekend celebrating the nation's Golden Jubilee, there were long queues of people waiting to get in.

For the visitors, Singaporeans and tourists alike, it was more than a trip down memory lane.

The exhibition, which features more than 200 images, Page One stories, headlines and videos, captures the momentous events in Singapore through the rich archives of The Straits Times dating back to July 15, 1845, and looks back at how far Singapore has come.  It also casts an eye ahead at how plans in the pipeline will continue to impact Singapore and steer it forward.

A wide range of multimedia and interactive elements, including giant-screen LG Oled televisions and Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets, brings history alive for visitors, giving them a more immersive experience.

Visitors are greeted in the first hall by four 55-inch LG television sets that take them back in time on a virtual journey through the paper's history. They can also use tablets to watch interactive videos, explore a 360-degree panorama of the National Gallery’s interior or try out the Singapore Slider, which contrasts old and new photos of Singaporean places.

The exhibition was officially launched on July 15 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Urging Singaporeans to see the exhibition, PM Lee said: “If you want to know what happened in Singapore, or in the region around us, The Straits Times is an indispensable place to start because it has reported news reliably and objectively over the years. It has done so through Singaporean eyes, helping Singaporeans to make sense of the world, and our place in it.”

The exhibition unfolds across six galleries, mirroring the core segments of the newspaper: Business, World, Home, Sport, Life and Forum, giving visitors a feel that they are stepping into the pages of The Straits Times.

Said ST editor Warren Fernandez: “The response to the exhibition has been very good. Many have told us that they discovered things about our country that they didn’t know from the past pages of the ST. Others enjoyed reliving significant moments from our past. The videos, graphics, photos and interactive displays were also very popular. All these were developed by the ST team from our multimedia newsroom, so we are happy to see people enjoying them. We hope many more will come and do so.”

The exhibition, co-curated by The Straits Times and the ArtScience Museum, runs till Oct 4, from 10 am to 7 pm daily.  Admission is free.

It is presented by main sponsor CapitaLand, with Standard Chartered Bank as the Gold sponsor, and Best Denki, the equipment sponsor.

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