An exhibition at the National Museum about Singapore’s most outstanding women has been attracting much interest since it opened on Monday 9 November.

A Salute to the Pioneering Women of Singapore

Organised by the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (SWHF) and the National Museum as part of Singapore’s SG50 celebrations, the exhibition titled A Salute to the Pioneering Women of Singapore tells the inspiring stories of the 119 SWHF honourees.

Also featured are artefacts loaned from some of the honourees, such as a down suit and ice axe used by the Singapore Women’s Mount Everest team when they made their historic ascent of the world’s highest mountain in 2009, and the sequinned dress worn by trailblazing swimmer Pat Chan when she received the inaugural Sportswoman of the Year award in 1968.

L – Visitors looking at the artefacts, R- Down suit and ice pick used by the Singapore Women’s Mount Everest Team during their historic ascent of Mount Everest in 2009

The exhibition will run for eleven weeks, from 9 November 2015 to 26 January 2016.  There is a quiz for each of the eleven weeks, with two $50 book vouchers to be won every week.  Interest in the exhibition and the quiz in the first few days was so strong that the stacks of informational leaflets and quiz forms had to be replenished several times.

At a Tribute Station, members of the public are encouraged to write notes to someone who has had an impact on their life. This has proved very popular with younger visitors, with many penning messages to their mothers. One note says “Thank you for being the greatest mother and role model to me”, and another, signed Valentine, is a message to all mothers in Singapore: ‘You are the greatest! This nation is nothing without you!”

Tribute station

Collection of Tributes

A Salute to the Pioneering Women of Singapore runs from 9 November 2015 till 26 January 2016 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at the National Museum of Singapore, The Concourse, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897.