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Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction at ArtScience Museum

The partner and I were invited to visit the latest exhibit at Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum – Dinosaurs, Dawn to Extinction. The partner has been fascinated with Dinosaurs since he was a kid and given the chance would have enjoyed spending all day wondering around.

Occupying over 3,700 square meters of floor space, the exhibition will feature more than 400 fossils and models, as well as over 50 original artworks. This first-of-its-kind exhibition combines four exhibitions from the renowned American Museum of Natural History, San Juan National Science Museum, SCI! Expo at Monash University and artist Peter Trusler. “Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction” will take visitors on a journey from the Precambrian, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods. The highly interactive exhibition will also feature some of the oldest dinosaurs fossils ever discovered on the planet and many little-known species, some never before seen by the public.

A herd of Herrerasaurus at the first gallery - Welcome to Dinner

While Dinosaurs are the main attraction there is a lot more to this exhibition than just some old bones and big teeth; although there are plenty of these to be found. Instead the Curators have strived to explain the rise of many types of animals and mass extinctions that have occurred in Earth’s history and how these have shaped the evolution of Dinosaurs and ancient reptiles through to mammals and birds. You get see how changing continents and weather patterns lead to huge changes in evolution. To me this adds a great deal more to the Dino story than just displaying life size skeletons and telling us that these creatures were very big.

Earth's Timeline

For those with children there are plenty of additional activities to keep them occupied but are also educational. Another interesting add on to the exhibition is the free App for iPhone and android phones called Dawn2extinction. This app provides additional information about the exhibition and Dinosaurs but it is also interactive. Throughout the display there are strategically located icons that you scan with your phone and unlock new features including a T-Rex game! The app is free but just like the Dinos it is BIG! About 150mb so you may want to download it at home before venturing into the Museum.

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ArtScience Museum Mummy : Secrets of the Tomb

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Although I hated studying History in school, I am thankful that I still retain my fascination with antiquity and how people of the yesteryears lived. There is no doubt that a visit to a museum would be one of the highlights in any overseas trip that I make. I’m sure a lot of people share the same interest with me, especially when it comes to Egyptian history. Mummies, pyramids, Pharoahs, these are words that the average person would definitely recognise.

For me, I have a particular soft spot for Egyptian history simply because more than 10 years ago, the Egyptian exhibition at the then Asian Civilizations Museum (Armenian Street) was where my thirst for such knowledge first sprung forth. It was all thanks to the most interesting and animated docent we had for the tour through the exhibits. I subsequently did a volunteer stint at the museum as well!

The Mummies are back again, this time at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Mummy : Secrets of the Tomb is an exhibition pairing mummies and artifacts culled from the extensive and famed Egyptian collection of the British Museum. The centrepiece is Nesperennub, a temple priest who lived 3000 years ago and died at the age of 40. You will be able to see a cast of his head to see how he looked like those 3000 years ago! The most amazing part of it all is that the Nesperennub remains in his original cartonnage coffin that has never been opened! The groundbreaking 3D film captures the “virtual unwrapping” of Nesperennub and I can tell you that it is an incredible film (and not some crap thing they throw in just to charge you a more expensive ticket).

Egyptian Exhibition at ArtScience Museum (2)

I didn’t want to scare you with all the pictures of coffins and corpses so here’s a picture of me instead Smile. Don’t you like my Egyptian looking 3D glasses?

Egyptian Exhibition at ArtScience Museum (30)

This the digital reconstruction of how Nesperennub would have looked like when he was alive. With the most advanced and cutting-edge scanning technology used in modern medicine, it is now possible to “unwrap” an Egyptian mummy without actually disturbing the delicate mummy wrappings or destroying delicate historical data.

My first impression of Nesperennub is that he has an “ancient times” look. But after looking at this picture a couple of times now, I am starting to think that his face would not really stand out in a multi-cultural place such as Singapore. Is it just me or do you often have the same thought when you are looking at pictures/portraits of people who lived hundreds of years ago and you feel like no modern person would look like that?

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Essential Eames : A Herman Miller Exhibition

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You may have heard of Herman Miller, and you may also have heard about the $1000 Herman Miller chairs. But have you heard of Charles and Ray Eames?

Charles and Ray Eames were the designers behind many of the furniture you see at furniture company Herman Miller. Making its Singapore debut at ArtScience Museum, Essential Eames : A Herman Miller Exhibition captures the spirit and philosophy behind the most famous couple in design, ie Charles and Ray Eames. They are the ones credited with changing the way the 20th Century sat down.

If you love furniture and you love design, you should check out Essential Eames, as it features over 100 pieces of furniture, some of which are rare and never before seen works from the Eames family collection as well as the Herman Miller archives.

I won’t say too much here, I’ll leave you to enjoy the pictures and of course you have to go to the exhibition that’s going on now at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. No photography allowed by the way. Smile 

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