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Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present

The National Museum of Singapore presents Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, the 1950s to the Present in collaboration with The Straits Times, as part of the newspaper’s 175th anniversary. Featuring photographs and artifacts, including those contributed by members of the public, as well as audio-visual footage, sounds, scents, and special digital features, Home Truly explores the moments and experiences in Singapore’s past and present that express our identity and collective memory as a people.

Ongoing until 29 August 2021 | 10 am – 7 pm | Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level | Free Admission

Through five key themes and using the metaphor of a home, Home Truly is presented in an intimate way that invites visitors to see themselves in the stories presented, and adopts a personal and contemplative tone to encourage visitors to reflect on what Singapore means to them as their home, and their hopes for the home we aspire to be.

Laying the Foundations

Laying The Foundations explores how nation-building looked and felt like to people on the ground, through the laying down of foundational policies in areas such as housing, economy, defense, healthcare, and infrastructure.

Moving in

Moving In features some of the common experiences and memories that breathe life and meaning into a nation, and make a house a home, such as going to school, enjoying our hawker food, or relaxing in recreation spaces.

Living Together

Living Together will unpack how Singaporeans have worked together to navigate and overcome challenges faced when living together in a shared space, as people settle into a new home.

Open Doors

Open Doors will take a look at how Singapore has been shaped by its immigrant and multicultural past through the stories of different groups of people who have made Singapore their home over the years, and their reflections on what home means to them.

Sturdy through Storms

Sturdy through Storms presents how Singapore has stood united in support and courage through the crises that challenges we have faced over the decades such as floods, the British Military Withdrawal, financial crises and SARS.

Coming Home

Home, Truly will conclude with a reflection space that invites visitors to contribute to a live collective response on what “home” means by writing or drawing on a response card, and seeing it projected on a screen. Visitors may also choose to respond via a special recording device designed for the visually impaired.

Make Yourself @ Home, Truly: Digital Companion to Home, Truly

Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present is complemented by a digital companion to the exhibition, @ Home, Truly, that was launched in August 2020. @ Home, Truly features an online-exclusive story of a young girl and her grandfather through illustrations by different local artists, interspersed with archival and contemporary images, artefacts and audio-visual material. The experience includes a chatbot offering games and quizzes. The digital story is released in chapters – each spotlights a theme related to the physical exhibition.