Museum Hopping for BunniesFebruary 5, 2011 at 12:02 am | Posted in itchy mouth | 4 Comments
Tags: Animals, Arts, Chinese New Year, Culture, Design, Museum, Uniquely Singapore
As the Bunny hops in, visitors at 39 participating museums and heritage galleries can collect complimentary red packets as mementos for the Year of the Rabbit. This is an initiative called the Museum Roundtable led by the National Heritage Board to encourage more people to pay the museums a visit.
When Itchyfingers saw the news on the tv middle of last month, I was attracted by the Asian Civilisation Museum’s red packet design. But after checking the website for more details, it seems that to collect all 39 design is not really possible. Why leh? Firstly, most required visitors to pay admission fees to the museums or galleries. Er, not that they are so expensive that we cannot afford – the tickets range from $3 to $10, with only the Mint Museum of Toy charging $15. But if you wanna collect all, it means you will have to spend over $100 for admission! If you are not interested in a particular museum, it will make no sense to pay just because you want to collect the free red packets. Secondly, some museums are a bit out of place, with opening hours only during office hours in the weekdays. So there is no way a working person can visit them. Thirdly, some galleries which do not need admission, require you to be on a group of at least 15 persons for their guided tours. For an individual visitor, you will have to call prior your visit to register. But not all visitors know about that. Of course, it is up to the galleries to set their own terms and conditions. But the funniest thing is, the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is on the list of participating galleries when it is now under renovation! How to visit then? It was only later that they announce that the Memorial Hall’s design can be collected at the Philatelic Museum. Obviously an oversight by the organiser…Actually I always wanted to visit the Memorial Hall but find it a bit out of place…will try to visit when it reopens.
Well, despite the above mentioned points, I think it is still good effort of the organiser to encourage the museum-visiting culture in Singapore. And I certainly appreciate the cute designed red packets! These are some of the designs Itchyfingers have collected so far…
Sir Bunny Raffles – our first design was from the National Museum of Singapore
when we visited the Pompeii: The Final Moment. Had wanted to visit it earlier
but only found time two weeks before the end of the exhibition. Was surprised
to find that it was the Open House, so we got to view it for free…
The Little Bunny Nyonya from the Peranakan Museum. This is among one
of my favourite designs so I didn’t mind paying admission. Currently on
show is Ramayana Revisited: A Tale of Love & Adventure, which Itchyfingers
will try to write about before it ends on the 27 February
Mr Bunny Postman from Singapore Philatelic Museum. Too bad when
we were there, they haven’t announce that the design from the Sun Yat Sen
Nanyang Memorial Hall can be collected there too…So we missed it…the
design is quite cute but..too bad lor…
Bunny Bookworm from the National Library Singapore. Viewed an
interesting photo exhibition: Not All’s Lost, with 25 portraits featuring the
motivations and inspirations of 27 female volunteers for the Hair for
Hope (HfH) event, who shaved their heads to support children with cancer
Bunny Explorer from Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. They
really deserve a bigger and better gallery space for all the rare specimens
that are now in the backroom!
Finally visited Reflections at Bukit Chandu as it was the Open Day
and got Encik Bunny! History buffs will love this place
And I finally got this Emperor Bunny from the Asian Civilisations Museum!
My favourite of all the 39 designs! :p Thought it would be one of the first
to be out of stock!
I think I will not be museum hopping around anymore for more designs, unless I happen to be at the area, although there are some more which I also like – Army Bunny, the two Bunny Samsui, Mata Bunny…But no time to travel around liao…If you are interested to collect all or some of these bunny red packets, head down to the participating museums and galleries listed here. You have until 13 February to do so, while stock last! 🙂 Oh, for those who really want to collect all but cannot visit all the 39 venues, you can get hold of the whole set of design printed on gold paper for $18 from the National Heritage Board booth at the River Hongbao at Marina Bay too!
Let’s look forward for next year’s Dragon red packets! 😀
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