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The Straits Times National Museum of Singapore turns 130: 6 things you may…

The Straits Times National Museum of Singapore turns 130: 6 things you may…

The National Museum of Singapore (NMS) turns 130 on October 12. Before it hits the milestone anniversary, here is a look back at the museum's colourful past. 1. OPENING On Wednesday 12 October 1887 at 5pm, the Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Frederick Weld opened the institution, which was then known as the Raffles Library and Museum. 2. BABY WHALE In June 1892, a baby Indian Fin whale was marooned on the shore at Kampong Sa'Batu, south of Malacca. Aware of the Raffles Museum's zoological collection and scientific reputation, the Resident Councillor of Malacca, D. F. A. Hervey, presented it with the 13-metre long skeleton that same year. It was displayed in the museum from 1907 to 1974 - around when natural history specimens began being transferred out of the museum's collection. It was in line with the museum's shift towards art and ethnographic displays in the 1...

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