Treasures of the Natural World at ArtScience Museum

Treasures of the Natural World at ArtScience Museum

You may have heard of Charles Darwin, he has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history. Darwin was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the Science of Evolution. Now you have the opportunity to find out more about this famous figure and more at Treasures of the Natural World at ArtScience Museum. 

For the first time in Singapore and Southeast Asia, the exhibition showcases over 200 of the star objects from the world renowned Natural History Museum in London featuring unique treasures that have been hand-picked from over 80 million specimens, representing the best of the museum’s collection including priceless artefacts and invaluable specimens that have shaped our understanding of the Natural World. The exhibition will be held from 25 November 2017 to 29 April 2018.

Visitors are able to observe and learn about how specimens are collected and how they have influenced and inspired the scientific minds of Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and others.

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Giraffe Head donated by Walter Rothschild

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Water buffalo horns given to Sir Hans Sloane by his patient and it is the longest horns ever recorded. There are many more specimens at the exhibition, do prepare to spend some time exploring and learning more about them. 

Key highlights of Treasures of the Natural World:

Treasure Trail for Children

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Kids can explore the interactive treasure hunt specially curated by ArtScience Museum to engage children, families and schools. The multisensory cabinet features tactile drawers, a sound box, a peep hole, a light box, an excavation drawer and kirigami drawers. It is inspired by Sir Hans Sloane, whose vast private collection of natural history specimens formed the basis of the British Museum and later, the Natural History Museum. 

Where’s Wallace?

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Where’s Wallace at Treasures of the Mind

Where’s Wallace is a large wall graphic located within the Treasures of the Mind gallery invites visitors to find Wallace based on Alfred Russel Wallace, who is a British naturalist, and his contributions to the study of evolution. It also features the famous Wallace Line, the faunal boundary line drawn in 1859 by Wallace separating the eco-zones of Asia and Wallacea. Find 18 hidden collectibles inspired by both Wallace’s life and his collection displayed within the gallery. 

Treasures of Exploration

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Find out more about stories of the brilliant explorers who were not only smart but also courageous. This section showcases Captain James Cook’s first voyage to Australia and New Zealand, Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to reach the South Pole and HMS Challenger’s 1872 exploration of the deep oceans.

Each of the expedition gave important scientific evidence which was only attainable as these explorers dared to be pioneers. Visitors have the opportunity to go onboard a specially constructed tall ship, and be creative and imagine your very own epic voyage as an explorer. 

Treasures of Life are Everywhere

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Participate in interactive activity at Treasures of Life are Everywhere

At this part of the gallery, it will remind us that the beauty and wonder of nature is also fragile and sensitive to changes. At this activity station, visitors are able to create their own tiger and orangutan. You have a choice of bringing it back or place your creation within a simulated rainforest.

Visitors get to have a close up view and understand some of the extinct animals like dodo to demonstrate the threat humanity poses to nature’s treasures. The interactive activity is inspired by ArtScience Museum’s augmented reality project, Into the Wild, which raises awareness about the plight of critically endangered species within Southeast Asia. 

A Museum for A Modern World

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This is the last section of the exhibition where it provides visitors with an opportunity to take a close look at the scientific pursuits and breakthroughs undertaken by the 350 research scientists working at Natural History Museum. The final interactive activity in the treasure hunt, is a digital laboratory that shows how scientists use natural history to solve problems. 

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A Day in the Life of an Ornithologist Workshop

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Busy Beaks – Experiment and learn what is the right tool for birds to pick out its type of food. 

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Wing It! – Learn to make your own paper bird and explore how they manoeuvre, fly and at high-speed. 

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Use the journal to record the observation you made during the workshop. 

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Treasures of the Natural World at ArtScience Museum 16Waddle This Way – Kids will match the object to the bird’s feet that has a similar physical structure. Experience using different objects to find the correct match.

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Kids can learn, observe, experiment and go hands-on to record and role-play in this highly interactive, ‘wings-on’ workshop. What’s more, they can bring back the journal to continue with their learning and observation of the nature and a wealth of knowledge!

A Day in the Life of an Ornithologist Workshop

Family Fridays on 22 & 29 December, 5 & 12 January 2018 at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Rainbow Room, Basement 2

$5 per participant. Up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. For the latest update, please click HERE

Thank you to the friendly and dedicated ArtScience Museum team for the interesting, educating and meaningful workshop. We have learnt so much about the wonders and treasure of the natural world!

Let’s all do our part to save and protect our environment! 

Treasures of the Natural World

Exhibition dates: 25 November 2017 till 29 April 2018

Operating Hours: 10am – 7pm daily
(Last Admission at 6pm)

ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

For more information on the exhibition and ticket prices, please visit

ArtScience Museum presents landmark exhibition FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science

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ArtScience Museum presents a new permanent exhibition on the 12 March 2016 where visitors can immerse in an interactive journey of exploration and play at Future World where 15 digital art installations come to life through cutting-edge science and technology.

This new exhibition is Singapore’s largest digital playground spanning 1,500 square meters, FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science is co-curated with teamLab, a globally renowned Japanese group of ultra-technologists and multi-award winning art collective.

Future World showcases 15 specially selected digital installations put together from teamLab’s extensive collection of work will bring visitors on a journey of discovery through four key theme zones which are Nature, Town, Park and Space. 

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First theme zone – Nature

At Flowers and People, visitors will begin a journey into the enchanting and interactive world of flora and fauna which is comprised entirely of digital technology, recreating the experience of being connected to nature.

Visitors can spend time admiring the digital garden of flowers and butterflies and reflecting on their connection with the Nature. This is one of the very few places in Singapore where visitors can experience the four seasons. The flowers in this digital garden will change to correspond with the four seasons of the year. 

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100 Years Sea Animation Diorama

This huge installation enables visitors to visualise and experience the rising sea levels in future brought by climate change using the data from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). It aims to encourage visitors to reflect upon the long term environmental effects that will result from climate change. 

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Second theme zone – Town

At this theme zone of the exhibition, the colourful huge art digital installation is based on fictitious town in Singapore which include recognisable landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, the Merlion, and the Singapore Flyer.

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Children and adults can have fun getting hands on in colouring the objects at Sketch Town like cars, houses, buildings, spaceships etc. After completing the colouring, you can scan your art piece and send it onto the digital hall. See your artwork come to live!

In addition, connecting to Sketch Town is Sketch Town Paper Craft, this is a special installation that enables visitors to turn their drawings into paper craft patterns. They can be assembled into three-dimensional paper craft models. Visitors can also bring home their craft models. 

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At Town theme zone, Connecting! Train Block, visitors can design their own transportation network using wooden blocks. Watch your creation come to life by moving around the wooden blocks to create tracks for the vehicles/trains to move around and making new roads. 

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Media Block Chair consists of fiberglass light cube chairs where visitors are welcome to exercise their creativity and to build high tech furniture. These blocks are interactive as they can communicate information to each other when they are connected by changing colour. 

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A Table Where Little People Live, visitors can have fun placing their hands on the objects on the table and interact with the little people who live inside the circular table. The more you interact with them, the more playful they become. Have fun!

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Third theme zone – Park

Universe of Water Particles – visitors will be in awe with this spectacular 8 metre tall waterfall created in a virtual space with thousands of water particles cascades down the façade of the wall.

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Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses – visitors can customise and create their own hopscotch game by arranging circles, triangles and squares on an electronic tablet. It will then be projected onto the floor where visitors can jump onto the objects just like the traditional game but with a digital twist. 

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Light Ball Orchestra – this is sure a big hit with adults and especially children. Visitors can touch, roll, play and bounce with the balls. The younger ones have a dedicated section with smaller size balls for them to play with. The balls can change colour and even make bells like sounds. 

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Sketch Aquarium – visitors can draw and colour their sea creatures and watch them come to life in this digital ocean.

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At this interactive digital ocean, visitors can even feed the fish and sea creatures by touching the right fish food bags and watch the fishes come and eat the food. 

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Story of the Time when Gods were Everywhere – visitors can create their own environment by touching the Chinese and Japanese characters. Watch these characters transform into different natural elements such as wind, rain, trees and mountains.

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Fourth theme zone – Space

Crystal Universe, this is a beautiful and stunning work of art where visitors can walk through the exhibition. With over 170,000 LED lights which together give the illusion of stars moving in space. Visitors can experience astrophysical phenomena such as planets, stars, galaxies.  Many are seen taking photos and admiring the stunning light displays. This installation enables visitors to take control of the lightings through downloading an app and also by its digital panel.

FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science is an exhibition that is suitable for all ages. The immersive and interactive exhibition allows audiences to become an intrinsic part of the artworks on display, as the installations dynamically evolve through their presence and participation.

In summary, using cutting-edge technology, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey of discovery through four key narratives – Nature, Town, Park and Space.  Installations within the ‘Nature’ gallery immerse visitors in a world of flora and fauna, as digital flowers bloom or fade away depending on how visitors interact with them. In ‘Space’, visitors will experience the monumental 3-D light sculpture Crystal Universe – which enables them to experience astrophysical phenomena such as planets, stars, galaxies, and even the recently detected gravitational waves which Einstein predicted would exist a century ago.

It is an exhibition that is suitable for all ages and for families to have an immersive and fun time together!

Additional Information: 

ArtScience Museum

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm Daily 

Phone: 6688 8888

Tickets for Future World are available at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and on the website. Terms and conditions apply.

Standard Singapore resident
Adult S$17 S$14
Senior (65 years and above) S$14 S$11
Child (2- 12 years) S$10 S$7

Family package
(2 kids and 2 adults) S$44 S$35
Season Pass INDIVIDUAL: $90
Unlimited Visits, Valid until Dec 31st 2016, Open to Tourists and Locals alike.

FAMILY: $150
Unlimited Visits, Valid until Dec 31st 2016, Open to Tourists and Locals alike.

For more information, please visit

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