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Shipwrecked Exhibition, Tang Treasures ArtScience Museum

Shipwrecked Exhibition ArtScience Museum
A special Shipwrecked Exhibition called Tang Treasures will take place at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

This fascinating display of Tang Dynasty treasures is jointly organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian), the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore; the National Heritage Board (NHB) of Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

It is also one of the oldest and most important marine archaeological finds of the late 20th century and now open for public viewing.

Shipwrecked Exhibition, The Tang Treasures at ArtScience Museum

Singapore Shipwrecked Exhibition
Interactive rooms as you enter the Shipwrecked Exhibition.

The Tang Treasures exhibition at the ArtScience Museum shares with the common visitor the story of an astonishing cargo of some 60,000 objects carried from China by a ninth-century Arab dhow (boat), presenting a very dynamic tale of trade between China and West Asia along the then famed Maritime Silk Route.

After the sinking of the dhow, the cargo had lain undisturbed on the ocean floor for more than 1,000 years before its discovery near Indonesia’s Belitung Island in 1998 by a fisherman diving for sea cucumbers off the coast here.

 Many surprises were yielded upon recovery, ranging from huge numbers of beautiful mass-produced ceramics to rare items, such as the earliest complete examples of Chinese blue-and-white dishes and even the rare green porcelain items.

The highlight of the find was some of the intricate items of finely worked gold and silver including some precious artifacts.

Golden Cup from a Shipwreck
One of the rare pure gold cups displayed in a case

Video of Shipwrecked Exhibition: Tang Dynasty Treasures

Video in Full HD shot with Panasonic HDC-HS700

Photos of Tang Treasures Exhibition in Singapore

Pottery from Tang Dynasty
Tang Dynasty pottery on display

Indonesian Belitung Ewer
The Belitung Ewer - the Ewer with a handle in the form of a lion and a dragon head spout

Exhibition on Shipwrecks
Some of the treasures on display at the exhibition

Green Porcelain Bowls Tang Dynasty
Green Porcelain bowls from the Tang Dynasty

Video of Tang Dynasty Gold Cup at Shipwrecked Exhibition ArtScience Museum

Shipwrecked : Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds Exhibition

Exhibition Date: Feb 19th to 31st July 2011
Venue: ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Operating Hours: 10am - 10pm daily(last admission at 9pm)
Admission Charges (Includes GST and SISTIC booking fee)
Adult - $30.00
Senior (65 years +) - $27.00
Child (2 - 12 years) - $17.00
School Group - $10.00


For those who like museums or treasure, you should make your way to the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands for this exhibition.

The ticket price enables you to also see two other international exhibitions which are the Genghis Khan Exhibition and the Silk Road Exhibition.

For the price you pay, it is well worth the visit and you get to be in one of the coolest museums in the world here.

If you have a family or children, this would be an added bonus and the adults and kids will love the Interactive Section of the ArtScience Museum located on the top floor.

This is also the first time that a shipwrecked exhibition featuring the Tang Treasures is being held at the ArtScience Museum here in Singapore. 


F said...

I thought the museum was pretty cool and the exhibits were great (the Genghis Khan one was my favorite), but definitely not worth the expensive admission price.


Sharon said...

It's refreshing to see a blog on travels. Am planning a trip to Sandakan and will email you for advice esp on Seafood Restaurants. Keep up the great work!

Malaysia Asia said...

Flora, glad you saw the exhibitions there and yes, some have voiced about the moderately steep prices but overall I think it's pretty alright as the museum is modern and hosting some really interesting exhibitions.

Sharon, thank you and sure thing, just shoot me an email or message when possible.

SophieB said...

Nice blog! I’m really interested in the old Silk Road and have read about the Belitung shipwreck opening up the theory of a maritime silk road. Very interesting! I am very grateful it was recovered and resorted, rather than leaving it to looters and the mercy of the ocean. Your photos of the exhibition are very nice and I look forward to seeing it myself soon.

All the best,

SophieB said...

Also, I found the website of the man behind the recovery of the Belitung wreck - Tilman Walterfang. It sounds like he has a good philosophy http://tilmanwalterfang.org/

All the best,