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Vote for your favourite museum

Museums here want to know how much you love them
The Straits Times - September 22, 2011
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Vote for your favourite museum Smaller museums such as the Old Ford Factory (above) are running in the Museum Roundtable Awards. -- PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

Museums here want to know how much you love them.

Until 11.59pm on Sept 30, members of the public can vote online for their favourite museum experience at the I Love Museums Facebook page. Voters need a Facebook account.

Winners in the inaugural Museum Roundtable Awards will be announced on Oct 4. Nearly 50 public and private museums and galleries around the island, from the Asian Civilisations Museum to the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research to the Malay Heritage Centre, are vying for four top prizes.

A cash prize of $5,000, plus a trophy, will be given to the most popular museum in each of the following categories: best exhibition; best education and outreach; best promotion and marketing; and best overall experience.

Since voting began on Sept 5, some 500 votes have already been submitted for the best overall experience category, says a spokesman for the National Heritage Board.

All competing galleries and museums are members of the Museum Roundtable, a collective led by the National Heritage Board. It had 12 members when formed in 1996, a number that has now more than quadrupled and includes galleries at hospitals and statutory boards.

The roundtable's chairman, Mr Alvin Tan, 39, says the awards scheme is timely and recognises the efforts members have put in to attract and entertain visitors.

'Through the Museum Roundtable Awards 2011, we also hope to raise the profile of the Museum Roundtable and in doing so, to drive greater visitorship to the winning and participating members,' he says.

Regular museum-goer Sheila Wee, 54, is pleased that the awards allow visitors to recognise more 'out of the way' museums such as Memories At Old Ford Factory and Reflections At Bukit Chandu, which capture what life was like during World War II.

'These little ones get neglected at times, but they are quite nice,' she says, adding that she is torn between voting for these galleries and her favourite haunt, the Asian Civilisations Museum.

The mother of two grown daughters adds: 'Museums are a lot more interesting now, they have a lot of open houses so there is so much parents can do for free with their children on weekends. I wish it had been like that in my time.'

Go to www.museums.com.sg to cast your vote for the inaugural Museum Roundtable Awards

 

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