A total of S$740 million will be spent to spruce up the Republic’s cultural institutions and landmarks in the Civic District, said Minister of Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong.
transformation works in the area include:
- The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is completing its works this year, which include new Museum galleries and a new entrance opening onto the Singapore River.
- A lawn will be created in the portion of Empress Place between ACM and Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, after the space has been paved. The lawn can be used for concerts and events.
- The whole Civic District will be made more pedestrian friendly, with buildings connecting more smoothly to the waterfront and public artworks sprucing up the landscape.
- The Esplanade is upgrading its Forecourt, which will be reopened in August. Once done, it will be a garden landscape with shaded areas and seating for people to gather and to view performances. Beyond 2015, the possibility of developing mid-sized theatres at the Esplanade is being explored.
- Plans to enhance the Singapore Art Museum so that it is being properly conserved are being explored.
- First major revamp of the National Museum of Singapore since it re-opened in 2006 will be completed this September. The Museum will be transformed by multimedia experiences, public art and interactive spaces. The displays will be refreshed to include artefacts spanning 700-odd years of history, and especially from our post-1965 years.
- The new 8km commemorative trail, Jubilee Walk, will be launched this November, with clear markers to mark out the historic points along the trail.