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National Museum

The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore. It was built in 1849 as a section in the library at the Singapore Institution. After being relocated several times, it was then relocated at its permanant site at Stamford Road. The landmark functions as an architectural and cultural landmark which hosts several creative-thinking events and festivals such as The Night Festival, visually appealing art exhibitions, eye-catching film screenings and performances. Anyone with an interest of Singapore's History can visit, even locals and foreigners of all ages come to the National Museum of Singapore for a glimpse of this country's past. The National Museum of Singapore is important because it tells and reminds Singaporeans of its history, so that Singaporeans can piece together the past and present in a rational way. The National Museum is also able to provide foreigners a glimpse into Singapore's history and lifestyle both in the past and in the present. 

The National Museum is able to provide exhibits for Singaporeans to remember its recent history. For instance, The National Museum of Singapore now has an exhibit of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. It gives the public a chance to understand what Mr Lee has done and understand his significance in contributing to the history of Singapore. The museum is able to do this because renovations have created enough space for them to showcase a recent important part of Singapore's history to remember the late Mr Lee. The National Museum of Singapore focuses its collections on nation building and telling the history of Singapore. The museum has been in existence since 1882 and extensions have been carried out on the building in 1906, 1916, 1926 and 1934 due to inadequate space for the growing number of items on display. 

The National Museum eventually split with the National Library and became a museum solely on its own. In essence, the National Museum building is as old as Singapore's recent history since 1819 and it is appropriate that such a building houses the artificers of Singapore's history and has grown together with Singapore as a significant landmark.