The News Gallery by the National Library Board | Promoting Information and Media Literacy through Newspapers

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Location: National Library Building, Level 11
Date: Daily, except Public Holidays
Hour:¬†ÔĽŅ10 am - 9 pm
Admission: FREE

Read between the lines and develop information and media literacy skills at the National Library Board's, The News Gallery. Featuring original copies of Singapore’s earliest newspapers and a fun, fake news-busting game for the whole family.

The News Gallery - National Library Board

The permanent display at level 11 of the National Library Building will open to the public from 14 March 2020. 

The exhibition is a multimedia display of how breaking news events, such as the chewing gum ban of 1991 and the Maria Hertogh riots of 1950, were reported by different media. Drawing from the National Library Board’s rich collection of over 120 Singapore newspaper titles published since the 1820s, The News Gallery’s interactive exhibits will be refreshed from time to time.

The News Gallery is divided into five zones.

Early Editions 

Discover Singapore‚Äôs oldest and rarest¬†newspapers, carefully preserved in their original print form ‚ÄstThe Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, Nanyang¬†Siang Pau, Utusan Melayu and Tamil Murasu. Learn more¬†about the significance and evolution of these newspapers and¬†more at the ‚ÄėEarly Editions‚Äô zone.

Behind Every Story

Rediscover events from Singapore’s history by comparing how different media reports framed these events. Witness the power of editorial, sensationalism and propaganda.

Media coverage of the following seven events is presented:

  • Opening of Naval Base, 14 February 1938
  • Fall of Singapore, 15 Feb 1942
  • Maria Hertogh Riots, 11-13 Dec 1950
  • Hock Lee Bus Riots, 12-13 May 1955
  • Singapore‚Äôs separation from Malaysia, 9 Aug 1965
  • Chewing gum ban, 3 January 1992
  • Announcement to develop two Integrated Resorts in Singapore, 18 April 2005

Fact or Fake? 

Our kids will live in a much more digital age compared to ours. Learn and share with them how to tell¬†fact from fiction at this interactive exhibit. Understand more¬†about fake news and how to authenticate information through¬†ten case studies on current falsehoods. Additionally, gain¬†useful insights from a fun interactive quiz where one battles¬†the ‚ÄúFake News Monster‚ÄĚ.

Extra! Extra!

Was Grandpa or Grandma ever in the papers? Perhaps you can find them through the National Library Board's collection of historical and current newspapers digitised for easy access. Read all about the latest breaking news and stories of yesteryear through a digital browsing station loaded with the NewspaperSG online archive and Pressreader.

Make Headlines News! 

End the visit at this interactive kiosk where the family can appear on a newspaper front page and even take home a digital souvenir of your visit! 



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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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