Friday night out at the Alive Museum Singapore at Suntec

Last Friday, I brought the two kids to the Alive Museum Singapore at the Suntec City Mall.

* All photos (apart from the first photo) were taken with the Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Full-frame E-mount Prime Lens.

Fun Friday night out at Alive Museum Singapore.

Fun Friday night out at Alive Museum Singapore. Photo taken with Samsung GALAXY S5.

Although the estimated time needed to cover every exhibit was around one-and-a-half hours, we lingered for two-and-a-half and ended up with 250 photos.

More importantly, we had oodles of fun and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

“Can I join the ballerinas in the painting?”

The Alive Museum was opened in 2009 in South Korea and debuted in Singapore on 12 June this year.

Taken from the right perspective, this exhibit gives the illusion that sea water and penguins were flooding out of the painting.

Taken from the right perspective, this exhibit gives the illusion that sea water and penguins were flooding out of the painting.

The 3D visual illusion museum aims to serve as a fun and unique treat for the whole family, locals and tourists alike.

It offers a sensory experience that tricks one’s visual, physical and environmental perceptions, bringing fantasy to reality.

Not only can you touch and feel the exhibits, you can also hop into the frame and become a part of the art masterpieces that play on optical illusions.

Alive Museum claims that it is the world’s largest chain of such an entertainment concept, where 3D art comes alive with clever painting, shading and drawing techniques.

Alive Museum currently has eight branches in South Korea, three in China and one each in Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey and Singapore – making a total of 15 branches.

Hmm... crossing the legs seem to enhance the illusion that he is sitting on the bench which is actually painted on the wall.

Hmm… crossing the legs seem to enhance the illusion that Justin is sitting on the bench which is actually painted on the wall.

The largest branch so far is in Jeju Island. It takes up about 43,000 sq ft of exhibition space and entertains at least 1.5 million visitors a year.

The Singapore branch occupies 10,000 sq ft of space. There are over 80 masterpieces, of which 9 are locally themed and unique to Singapore.

All the artworks are hand-painted and handcrafted by Alive Museum’s own team of artists from South Korea to ensure a consistent level of high quality of craftwork.

Fancy a Merlion shower head in your bathroom?

Fancy a Merlion shower head in your bathroom?

Alive Museum boasts its own dedicated R&D team, which studies different techniques and paints for producing each exhibit.

All the contents in each museum are chosen specially to provide a unique experience that is relevant to each location.

Besides snapping photos with the exhibits, visitors can also purchase handmade candies from the Alive Museum gift shops.

To stay current and exciting, about 30% of the collections are refreshed every year while special exhibits are held during major holiday seasons such as Christmas and Chinese New Year.

The Alive Museum in Jeju appeared in an episode of the popular 2011 Korean drama “Heartstrings

Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), is a corporate partner of Alive Museum in Korea.

Look ma no hands! Ok the

Look ma – no hands! Ok the “no hands” part wasn’t an optical illusion.

To help visitors create the most realistic and stunning pictures, locations for posing and taking photos are indicated with Pose Point and Photo Point icons at each art exhibit, so that you know where to pose for the best effect and the photographer knows where to stand to get the best snapshot.

Free WiFi is provided so you can upload and share the fun snapshots immediately with your friends and family on various social media platforms.

As part of its Singapore 50 project, Alive Museum Singapore will engage local communities through teachers, students and Singaporeans from various walks of life to create artworks that they think define the essence of Singapore.

Of these, 20 entries will be showcased in Alive Museum Singapore by year-end, bringing its total number of artworks to more than 100.

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10 Responses to “Friday night out at the Alive Museum Singapore at Suntec”

  1. Jane Lim says:

    This looks like an interesting place to visit. Maybe bring my nieces and nephew along.

  2. Peter McBright says:

    We went to the one in Jeju. Will definitely bring the family to check it out when we are in Singapore in Sep.

  3. Robert Lim says:

    Isn’t this in RWS? My colleague was just telling me about it last week. Will be bringing the kids there this weekend.

    • tech4tea says:

      No, the Alive Museum Singapore is in Suntec, between Towers 3 & 4. There’s another Trick Eye Museum in RWS. It’s from a different chain also from Korea. I haven’t been to the other one so I can’t comment on that. But the kids really enjoyed themselves at the Alive Museum.

  4. Jade Rogers says:

    Some of the photos look so real! Must check it out when I next stop by Singapore.

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