OFF/ON: Everyday Technology That Changed Our Lives, 1970s - 2000s

Just a few decades ago, the pen and paper were our writing tools of choice, and playtime involved interacting with physical toys, rather than handheld devices.

Fast forward to today, technology plays an indispensable role in our daily lives, transforming the way we live, work, and play. With a vast network of technology and gadgets on hand, we are always connected on the go, and more ‘switched on’ today than ever.

Step into this immersive showcase, and explore how everyday technology has changed and shaped our every day, from the 1970s to 2000s. Revisit familiar local settings at home, work and other social spaces, as you get to know and reconnect with a specially curated selection of innovative technological icons from Singapore’s past.

Presented as part of the National Museum of Singapore’s Collecting Contemporary Singapore - an initiative to broaden the museum’s contemporary collection to better reflect Singapore’s diverse and ever-evolving national identity.

Yesterday's Innovations. Today's Icons.

Step into a retro office for a day’s work. Be part of the chatter at a bustling salon or coffeeshop. Cosy up in a nostalgic living room. Beat your personal best in a reimagined classic game.

Reconnect with some of the technological icons from our past through a series of immersive installations. All set in familiar, nostalgic settings, complemented with engaging digital games and activities. Game for more? Take part in our exclusive afterhours game to make your escape in time.

Step in and explore the technological wonders of our yesteryears.

Share and Contribute

As technology continues to evolve and with the pandemic further highlighting the significant role of technology in our daily lives, we hope to broaden and update our collection in this area, to enrich our documentation of the lived experiences of the people of Singapore.

As part of the National Museum’s Collecting Contemporary Singapore initiative, we invite you to contribute your technological gadgets from the 2000s onwards, and the unique memories you have while using them. If you have stories or experiences of using these gadgets that connect with our themes of work, communications, home living and play, come share them with us.


Experience iconic technology of the past in an immersive showcase


Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives,
1970s - 2000s

Monday to Sunday
10am to 7pm
Last entry at 6:30pm*

Free admission for Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Child 6 years and below.

Adults: S$18
(Tourists and Foreign Residents)

Concessions: S$14
(Senior: 60 years and above; Student)

*Closed at 6pm on selected days for the escape room game. Last admission at 5.30pm. Check here for details.

An escape through time

Fridays and Saturdays
6.30pm to 10pm
Last entry at 9.15pm

(Min. 3 per group)

(For groups with 7-10 pax)