National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897


21 Sep 2019 - 29 Mar 2020


10:00 AM - 07:00 PM

An Old New World

From the East Indies to the founding of Singapore, 1600s – 1819

Featuring original drawings and manuscripts from Pierre-Médard Diard and Alfred Duvaucel

An Old New World, the National Museum’s bicentennial-themed exhibition, explores the 200 years leading to the establishment of Singapore in 1819, beginning with the bustling world of trade in the East Indies that attracted the Dutch and British East India Companies from the early 17th century.

The exhibition features over 200 artefacts, including the first international display of valuable drawings and manuscripts by Pierre-Médard Diard and Alfred Duvaucel. Diard and Duvaucel were French zoologists commissioned by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles to collect specimens in Sumatra. While travelling with Raffles, Diard and Duvaucel stopped by Singapore for about a month in May and June 1819, in what may be considered the first collecting expedition on the island.

$18 for adults
$14 for students and seniors (free for citizens and permanent residents of Singapore)



*In regard to the loan of the Pierre-Médard Diard and Alfred Duvaucel collection