Experience The True Beauty Of "Story Of The Forest" In Glass Rotunda At National Museum Of Singapore

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Hi Huneybees,


Two permanent installations have been commissioned as part of the reopening of the Glass Rotunda, on 10th December 2016, at level 2 Entrance of the National Museum of Singapore.


One of which is Inspired by the collection of 477 watercolour botanical drawings of plants and animals of Malacca and Singapore from William Farquhar Collection of National History Drawings, renowned Japanese digital art collective teamLab transformed 69 of them into 3-D digital animinations.


Titled Story of the Forest, visitors will be greeted by a larger-than-life interactive digital installation that will enthral visitors with the sights and sounds of Southeast-Asia's dense tropical rainforests as they make their ways down the Glass Rotunda.


There are three stages of experience await you while you walk into the Glass Rotunda.
The first stage begins right after your entrance into the area, where the bridge greets you at Upper Rotunda. Looking up while standing on the bridge, you will experience the "snow fall" of flowers, such as hibiscus, onto and around you. However this is not recommended for those with motion sickness.



Walking down passage from the bridge will setup you for your second experience, where you will encounter various flora and fauna as you move from dawn to dust.


See if you could spot the rare Malayan Tapir though the journey. For enhanced pleasure, you may wish to download a free app on App Store or Google Play, to capture these adorable animals (concept borrowed from Pokemon Go) to better understand them.


Once you are at the ground of Glass Rotunda, you are immediately teleported to the center of the forest, where your movement will be captured by the sensors implanted into the wall. As you move around the ground, you will notice that flora and fauna will react accordingly to the amount of movement you made, such as animals moving away from you or the growth of a seedling to a tree from the energy you generated.


As for me, I prefer to lay at the center of the ground to just absorb the pure tranquility coming from both the flora and fauna around me but also those colourful flowers that snowfall from above.

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Click on pic to experience the 360 view

Simply Beautiful! You simply got to be there to enjoy the beauty!



Visitor Information

  • National Museum of Singapore is about 5min walk from Bras Basah MRT station and its galleries open from 10am to 7pm daily with last admission at 6:30pm.
  • Admission is FREE for Citizens, Permanent Residents (unless otherwise satated) and visitors aged 6 years and below. 
  • For others, it will cost just SGD10 for adult and SGD5 for Students & Senior aged 60 & above with a valid ID at the National Museum Visitor Services counter and SISTIC.




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