This is a great museum and very unexpected, like Bukit Chandu this is not on the main tourist trail unless you have a special interest in the World War 2. If you are however interested in the role Singapore played during 1942-45 then you must visit this historical and worthwhile museum.
The Old Ford Factory is situated out of the city near Bukit Timah, it isn’t particularly close to any MTR stations although the nearest stations to it are (Bukit Batik, Choa Chu Kang and Clementi) from there take a local bus (67, 75, 170, 171, 173, 178, 184, 961). Alternatively a much quicker and still reasonable way to get to the museum is by local taxi, which takes approximately 25 minutes and costs approximately $20.00. The Old Ford Factory is open from 9.00am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 12.00-5.30pm on Sundays. The cost is $3.00 per adult and free for citizens and PR’s. You are allowed to take photographs inside.
The museum is housed in the original Ford Factory, which started life as an American car manufacturer for Ford Motors, this was soon taken over by the British and housed military artillery until it was taken over by the Japanese during the dark years of Occupation between 1942-45. The former car factory was the actual site where the British signed the surrender document, allowing the Japanese to rule Singapore.
Here at the factory you will receive a warm welcome from Mr Leung Keng Hong who is at the front of house and very keen and enthusiastic for you to make the most of your visit. Make sure you begin your visit with the 25 minute film which gives you a brief but comprehensive background to the Japanese Occupation. From there head on into the compact, but informative and very visual museum. There is lots of information from newspaper cuttings, first hand audio accounts, photos and relics to read and look at. The museum will probably take about 1-2hours including the film to fully enjoy.
Once you have finished your time at the Old Ford Factory, the museum will kindly call you a taxi back to the city should you require one.
I recommend combining this trip with a visit to The Changi Museum, Bukit Chandu and The Kranji Memorial to give you an all rounded view on the Japanese Occupation in Singapore, the struggles this island faced and the dark years that followed 1942. This shouldn’t be missed whilst in Singapore in order to understand where the country has come from, it's history and how far it has come today.
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