Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and Its Legacies

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and Its Legacies, Singapore

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and Its Legacies

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and Its Legacies
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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JackyTanSG
Singapore, Singapore2,740 contributions
Understanding the harsh life during the Japanese Occupation
Oct 2020 • Solo
Part of the permanent exhibits in the Former Ford Factory, this segment tells the hardships of civilians during the 3 years 7 months of Japanese Occupation in Singapore.
Written 2 October 2020
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James Pole
Auckland, New Zealand144 contributions
Fascinating exhibition on World War II history
Oct 2019
I came here because I'm very interested in World War II history and I was not disappointed. The exhibition here is very thorough and well designed. They have kept the room where the surrender was signed in 1942 and furnished it with original/replicia furniture. There is lot of information about what life was like in Singapore before, during and after the surrender. I strongly recommend this attraction to people interetsed in World War II. It was easy to take the bus here with the bust stop just down the road from this attraction.
Written 3 January 2020
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anitad168
Hereford, UK21 contributions
Avoid guided tour
Nov 2019
This is an interesting museum and best explored by yourself as the guide was far too intensive. All displays are well written in English with interesting facts. You have to pay by card as they do no accept cash. MRT Station is very near but buses stop outside.
Written 6 December 2019
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xnjgirl
Sun Valley, ID23 contributions
Super interesting and informative
Aug 2019 • Family
We were so lucky to find this museum on our last day in Singapore. The museum is well laid-out and organized beautifully. The exhibits draw you in and explain in detail all about this part of history. I learned so much; even after being on other tours in Singapore. My family and I loved it; we highly recommend! Bonus: the staff was so sweet and helpful; going so far as to give me a wrap when I entered into a super cold room!
Written 2 August 2019
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manucanuck
Hong Kong, China1,801 contributions
First half was alright but.....
Jul 2019 • Solo
Got in here from downtown, hopped on the subway till beauty world, then catch a bus and it stopped within minute walk from the main entrance. For foreigners the entrance fee is SG$3, very affordable.
The exhibition was separated into a few sections. Introduction to the ford factory (a very brief one), the war era, the post war and an outdoor garden.
I am a war history fanatic and I loved how they, like any other war museums, put on the spooky red/black theme in the pre and during war section, and the white and bright theme in the post war part. I arrived at 9:30 and I was the only visitor at that time, was going to spend 4-5 hours in the museum to go through every single piece of item but then the air con was WAY TOO COLD, I lingered for 2hrs inside the war era, rushed out in 30 mins from the post war. Real shame.
A funny piece of misleading information spotted-and I actually brought it up to the staff there, and to my surprise she replied that I wasn’t the only one who’ve pointed this out. Germany invaded Poland on September 1, not 3. And the reason why they have that on display was actually referring to the middle and the bottom description, where it says Britain / Europe declared war on Germany. Wondering if they would correct this little bit? In fact, there is another error on the name Cha(e)n Peng(?) towards the end of the post war era near the exit, but it was way too cold for me to check, might have been just me.......
Written 27 July 2019
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Who Me
South Wales UK311 contributions
The Exhibition is excellent, however our visit encountered a 'problem'
Oct 2018 • Couples
After 'checking in' we started our visit in the room identified as 'War' and just as we were about to complete it, 2 coaches arrived with very young schoolchildren who proceeded to run riot, screaming and shouting in the Exhibition which we found totally distracting.

While the lady on reception did her very best to resolve the situation the Teachers who came with the children were not interested in controlling the children and in my view had no respect for the Exhibition and it meaning or purpose, allowing the children who were no older that 6 years to use the place as a 'Playground'.

4 boys were actually stopped from using the 'War' section as a racetrack, while a teacher some time later pushed a stroller pram around the place with a baby in to make sure there were no children still in the place before they got back on their respective coaches and left. Which then restored the peace and quiet that this Exhibition deserved along with the respect.
Written 8 October 2018
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greenprincess222
Pembrokeshire, UK297 contributions
Very informative
Oct 2018 • Couples
The museum is very informative and interesting. It covers an area that we had no knowledge in. However it is very niche and not very interactive so I wouldn’t recommend taking children. The place is well air conditioned and staff are friendly. Getting here is a real problem. Refer to it as the old ford factory As no one seams to know it otherwise.
Written 5 October 2018
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mleekim
Washington DC, DC76 contributions
A piece of history worth a visit
Sep 2018 • Solo
The museum is very well organized with lots of information and plenty of first-hand accounts, experiences from the occupation by Japan. Takes about 2 hours to go through. It was pretty incredible to see the actual location where the British surrender to the Japanese occurred. Also, hearing the various perspectives from all sides was fascinating - Japanese, British, Australian, Singaporeans. I saw a review where someone thought this museum was biased and one sided, but I found it to be quite objective, especially the conclusion of the exhibit. Also, I took the MRT to Hillview station and walked to the museum, it only took about 15 minutes or less walking briskly, it is not that far. The museum air conditioning is amazing and cooled me off very quickly. I actually stayed cool on my walk back to the MRT because the air conditioning had cooled me off so well.
Written 28 September 2018
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khim911
Owings Mills, MD98 contributions
Learn about Singapore's history
Dec 2017
Many Singaporeans are not aware of the Ford factory's role during the Japanese occupation, so this is a good place to have a museum. Most of the museum's information is about the Japanese occupation with very little about the Ford factory itself. It would have been interesting to learn about the factory too, but perhaps much of that information has been lost.
Written 24 September 2018
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
Visit this place as part of your hike
May 2018 • Friends
My colleagues (plus spouses, friends) and I hiked from Bukit Gombak MRT to Little Guilin, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Shonan Chureito World War 2 memorial and arrived here as a stopover before continuing to Old Bukit Timah Railway Station. This is a great place to enjoy air-con and toilet break.

It is free for Singaporeans, need to show NRIC or equivalent. There are free leaflets and brochures for those who are keen. One staff on duty gave a 20 mins passionate briefing on events of British surrender and the Japanese occupation of Singapore. Thereafter, we were free to visit the 2 exhibition halls.

This place is great for secondary school & polytechnic excursions or National Education visits for students to appreciate one major milestone in Singapore history. I also recommend to visit here as part of hiking route in Bukit Batok.
Written 2 June 2018
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