Last year, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) opened the Land Transport Gallery to trace the history and future development of public transport on the island. The LTA’s basic premise is that Singapore is a land-limited country and measures are needed to expand public transport routes while reducing car traffic.
Now, the idea of going to look at a museum dedicated to land transport might not sound terribly enticing, but the Land Transport Gallery is actually really cool! It’s set up as six thematic areas, each dedicated to a different stage in Singapore’s land transport development. The areas are outfitted with interactive features that really bring the experiences alive.
Stage 1: Journeys
Begin with an overview of transport in the major cities of the world and find out about Singapore’s various methods of public transportation, too. You’ll love the fascinating comparison of trains, planes and automobiles from around the globe!
Stage 2: Memories
Here, you’ll relive the past by learning about all of the various transport contraptions used historically in Singapore. Life-size models of tipsy riverboats and rickety tractors come alive to sounds of street life playing overhead!
Stage 3: Formative Years
This section uses large, colorful storyboards to present the changes in Singapore’s transport options during and after Singapore’s independence.
Stage 4: Land Transport Today
Shiny LCD displays and interactive touch screens depict the trials of operating public transport through to today. Particularly interesting are the tidbits on today’s struggle to develop sustainable, ecofriendly public transport.
Stage 5: Challenge Theatre
In the Challenge Theatre, guests are invited to take the reins in planning and managing Singapore’s land transport. Compete with other visitors in a multi-player SIM game to successfully develop public transport options and make decisions!
Stage 6: Vision and Aspirations
Along the white-washed walls of this ultramodern pod-gallery, flatscreen visuals explain how public transport might develop in the future. Think super clean, whizzing trains and petrol-free buses!
Altogether, you need about 1 hour to tour through the gallery, which is open 9 am – 5 pm, Tues-Sun. Admission is free and guided tours are given every couple of hours, though the gallery is totally self-explanatory and you might want time on your own to roam around and play with the interactive menus.
The Land Transport Gallery is located inside the LTA’s office on Hampshire Road. In the spirit of land transport, consider take the MRT (Little India station) or the bus (Nos. 48, 56, 57, 66, 67, 131, 166, 170, 851, 960, 980).
Photo Credit: Choo Yut Shing