Amidst the buffet of “arts entertainment” in Singapore, illusionary art has been gaining popularity with the recent opening of two innovative museums, namely the Trick Eye Museum (at Resort World Sentosa) and Alive Museum (at Suntec City).
What to Expect? (besides lots of fun)
Incorporating trick art, digital art and object art, you might be stumped to know that most of the artworks in the Alive Museum are painstakingly hand painted! Originating from Korea, it belongs to the world largest chain of 3D interactive illusionary art museums.
There are currently some combo deals that promote the Museum + City Tour / River Cruise but if you are solely interested in visiting the Museum, there is a 20% discount when you flash the Passion Card. Coincidentally, I ran into a colleague at the Museum and he went for a 2-hour city tour prior to visiting the Museum and was deadbeat!
The Alive Experience
Prior to our entry, we were repeatedly advised to visit the washrooms (much to my amusement) because the museum tickets were valid only for a one-time entry and there are no washrooms within. A walk through the entire compound would take approximately 1 – 1.5 hour, depending on the crowd and the size of your group. Obediently, the buddy and I visited the gents and the ladies as we were told to do so.
Stamina and great patience are definitely a must (!), when one literally walks into the murals to bring the scene alive! Be prepared for a highly stimulating brain session, as one is required to ponder on how to bring out the best perspective of the artwork. Halfway through our exploration, I came to the conclusion that this is a museum that requires 100% interaction – be it physically or mentally! For the physically unfits easily exhausted individuals (like myself), you may look forward to this walk in the museum as a fun workout. 🙂
In retrospect, I cannot help but to wonder if such museums are created to somewhat feed upon a certain form of narcissism? While it was fun and definitely worth a visit, I was almost certain that I wouldn’t be returning anytime soon. That is until I saw Mum’s reactions to the photos that we have taken.
With furrowed eyebrows and (increasing) silence as she views the photos, she hesitantly asked, “Did you really sit on the bird? Is this real? Later, she was utterly amazed and amused when I revealed that most artworks are murals on the wall or floor.
Well, to see is to believe. I guess a return trip is necessary to bring mum to explore the arts.
Bringing Art to Life @ The Alive Museum
Adult 13 yrs and above: S$25
Child 3 – 12 yrs: S$20
Package 2 Adults + 1 Child: S$60
Opens daily from 10am to 10pm (last admission at 9pm)
Address: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (between Towers 3 & 4)
By MRT / Car/ Taxi
The above information has been compiled based on various sources, including my own experience and should only be used as a reference. For more information, please check out: http://alivemuseum.sg/