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Time Capsule


This is a past exhibition.

Exhibition Dates:

27 November 2012 to
28 February 2013


Hall A walkway

Typical time required:

15 - 30 minutes

18 Aug 1973, the foundation stone for Science Centre Singapore was laid by Dr Toh Chin Chye. Nearby a sealed metal cylinder was gently lowered into the ground in symbolic testimony. Inside the cylinder were kept several items, each chosen as a reminder of a present that rapidly becomes history.

Dr Toh Chin Chye at inaugural time capsule burial, 1973.


Every ten years (or so) we uncover the capsule. Not just to make sure it’s still there, but also to add our own snapshots to the growing collection. 

Dr Chew Tuan Chiong at 3rd time capsule burial, 2001

This year marks the 3rd opening of the time capsule. To commemorate the event, Science Centre will be holding the Time Capsule Exhibition which features items from 40 years of Singapore’s development into a science and technology hub. From the 1973 Rollei camera with its Singapore made lenses to the 1983 Kodak Disc 2000 camera, to pictures of how we travelled – a far cry from the present. Also in the exhibition are modern items donated to the time capsule that will be our gift to the future.

 Exhibition Highlights


Items from the Past

Several items from the unveiled time capsule will be displayed – vintage cameras, calculators, watches, photographs and other memorabilia featuring an eclectic range of companies, ministries and schools. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a bygone era, snapshots of life then as compared to the present.


Items from the Present

Items from our present are also present, including models of locally satellite VELOX-1, the all-terrain tracked vehicle BRONCO, ultra-durable CyGLAZ paints, medicines from both East and West, locally developed indie games, new plastics, erasable pens and more.  Of special note are models of the latest BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car, which will be shown to full effect in BMW’s miniature city showcase. Visitors can take photos with the miniature city and upload the photos to their Facebook timelines through the BMW photo kiosk.



Share your memories of Science Centre

As part of our 35th anniversary celebrations, Science Centre is collaborating with the Singapore Memory Project to collect precious memories of our people, communities and events over the years. Through the irememberScienceCentre initiative, Singaporeans can contribute their memories on how the Science Centre has made the learning of science a fun and inspiring experience for people of all ages. Share your memories with us through the drop boxes located within the Science Centre, or via Alternatively, simply download the free SG Memory iOS application for easy access on-the-go!


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