The Bicentennial Experience

What is it?

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ landing in Singapore, the bicentennial experience tells the story of Singapore’s evolution over the last 500 years, with key moments highlighted in the multi media experience.


From 1st June to 15th September 2019

Mondays 8:30am to 5:30pm

Tuesdays to Sundays 8:30am to 10pm

The Time Traveller experience takes about an hour from start to finish.


Fort Canning Centre, Singapore

Nearest MRT is Fort Canning or get on the free shuttle bus from Plaza Singapura or Raffles City Mall.

How much?

It’s free but tickets must be obtained in advance.

What was it like?

This was a really good experience explaining the history of Singapore in several different zones, each with different multi media and live action explanations.The ‘Time Traveller’ experience was split into five zones.

Part one is ‘The Beginnings’ and covers the early period of Singapura with centuries of history being brought to life through live performers and multimedia projections (and a travelator which leave you wondering how many steps these performers get in in a day!).

Part two ‘Arrival’ details Raffles’ landing in Singapore and turning the island into a key British trading post. Here we sat on benches as though on board a ship and the curved cinema screens, telling the story of Singapore’s transformation into a bustling and culturally diverse port town, circled around us.

Part three ‘Connectivity’ is about progress resulting from the new shipping routes and communication lines which enabled Singapore to take a leap forward.

Part four ‘Occupation’ details the Japanese occupation of Singapore and the tone definitely changes to sober as we walked through a bunker tunnel into a dark bunker to watch a cinematic re-enactment and then another bunker listen to a sound presentation based on true accounts of war survivors.

Part five ‘Destiny’ details Singapore’s journey to Independence and building a world class city, in rainy conditions requiring an umbrella indoors! The room has full height floor to ceiling screens on three walls, fully immersing everyone in the experience.

Outside was the ‘Pathfinder experience’ with a series of pavilions to explore on different themes. The live plant one will obviously grow throughout the duration of the exhibition.

There is a food court pavilion outside too and it was most welcome to get a bite to eat and a cold drink.

Should I go?

Yes definitely. It takes about an hour and is a good way to learn about the history of Singapore. It’s free to enter too. A good activity for all the family.

2 thoughts on “The Bicentennial Experience

  1. Nearly moved there. My Dad has an opportunity to go for five years I think. My parents decided not to go as my paternal Grandfather was getting old and it’s not exactly a short hop home.

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