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“Was this supposed to be a joke?”

Images of Singapore LIVE
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Madame Tussauds & Images of Singapore LIVE Admission Ticket
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$47.88*
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Sentosa Island Tour with Singapore Cable Car and Optional S.E.A Aquarium
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$75.23*
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Full-Day Sentosa Island Experience Including Hotel Transfers from Singapore
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Owner description: Fun, interactive and theatrical, the all new Images of Singapore LIVE takes you on a journey to uncover the nation's extraordinary story! Through a unique mix of live actors and special effects, get ready to step back in time to Singapore's past from humble Malay fishing village to 21st century powerhouse. Experience the sights, smell and sounds of yesteryear before you embark on the final part of your journey with a voyage aboard The Spirit of Singapore - an all new boat ride that celebrates everything unique about Singapore.
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Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

First we were ushered into a small room with some nice curios and maps. A digital sign above some doors counted down to a show. When it reached zero...it went back to 7 minutes and started counting down again. Eventually someone appeared and told us there was a special screening and if we didn't want to wait, we could go out the unmarked side door to the rest of the exhibit. Fair enough, if the show was anything like other Singaporean museum films, it would be bloody awful.

So I went to the rest of the exhibits, which were a huge number of embarassingly bad statue/diorama scenes, with terrible multimedia, like shrieking Chinese women, and terrible interactive bits (the sign told me to pull the monkey's tail, BUT WHERE WAS THE MONKEY'S TAIL? Now I'll never know what happens when you pull the monkey's tail). Possibly the stupidest attraction on Sentosa, and that's saying something.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

This is worth a visit if you have some time to kill, there's a short cinema-show at the start that's just cringe-worthy, Singapore is the best place in the world, everyone lives in harmony / peach type thing, then there is an interesting section with waxwork figures that tells the story of the different ethnicities that make up the state's population today - Only things we didn't like with this is that there is too much noise being blared out by some of the displays which makes it distracting if you're looking at something else nearby, plus there was genuine footage of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria (what does this have to do with Singapore anyway?) playing that included people being buried alive!!! In a family-orientated museum this is totally inappropriate!

The timeline of history stops at the end of the war, which is a shame as the full story of Singapore's Malaysian independence and subsequent economic miracle is almost totally omitted! Instead there are some interesting displays on Chinese and Indian wedding and child-related customs and rituals, plus a confusing display of photographs of various families - it's not clear why they are there.

Overall, the museum is interesting in parts but could be so much better.

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

It was very educational. Even my daughter, who isn't that interested in historical museums, appreciated and enjoyed it. It gave us a lot of insights on Singapore's culture and people.

Thank Mikgay
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We paid a long overdue visit to Images of Singapore, haven't been since the days when it was known as the Waxworks museum of Singapore. Pleasantly surprised to see how updated and well designed everything was. Certainly worth a visit to get an idea of the founding of Singapore and her early history.

Some healthy criticism would be that virtually nothing was presented on post-independence Singapore. Nothing to tell the journey of self-governance in 1959 to modern Singapore, the struggle to become the success story that Singapore is today. The vision, change in housing, industry, reclamation...The story of our post independence forefathers and development of a nation from 3rd world to 1st surely deserves some space! There was plenty of empty and underutilised space that could be put to use...

Also, the old sections on WWII and the surrender etc have all disappeared! Maybe something too about colonial living in Singapore would have been nice. Our colonial past is a very significant part of our history too?

We did like the new sections on the different cultures and festivals. Very enlightening even for us natives... Again though, lots of underutilised space that could be filled up with more info and displays.

All in all, an impressive setup and most definitely worth an afternoon visit!

Thank SLChen
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Rather than the Battle Box or Fort Siloso which (naturally) focus on the WWII period, this takes you on a journey from the very founding of Singapore.

Good wax-works and plenty of photo opportunities. Surprisingly large too.

Good to see one of the old Sentosa cable car cars too!

Thank Russ H
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