The Istana grounds will be open to the public on Monday, 1 May 2017, from 8.30am to 6.00pm, in celebration of Labour Day.
The public can look forward to music performances by NTUC nEbO, U Live, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Xingnan Primary School and Jurongville Secondary School.
In addition, there will be dance performances by the SMU Student Club as well as PA Talents. Other features include a display of snakes by the Singapore Zoo. The programme line-up can be found in Annex A.
One of the highlights of this Istana Open House will be the “Learning City” Activity Booths, where participants of all ages will be able to engage in fun hands-on learning activities such as making water rockets and Virtual Reality goggles.
The “Learning City: Where Craft Meets Technology” initiative is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Council, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Science Centre Singapore and the President’s Office. Through hands-on learning activities, participants will be guided to tinker and make, try out new skills and ignite their interest to learn a craft or skill, with technology as an enabler. More information can be found in Annex B.
Members of the public can sign up for the Nature Guided Walk at the Istana, a collaboration between the President’s Office and the National Parks Board (NParks) which will showcase the Istana’s flora, fauna and biodiversity.
They can also take a guided tour of the Istana main building led by volunteers from the Preservation of Sites and Monuments division of the National Heritage Board and view selected function rooms and display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister by foreign dignitaries.
Visitors can also do a self-guided tour with the help of the “Istana Garden Walk” mobile application, which includes features such as a self-guided Plants Trail to discover 10 types of beautiful plant species in the Istana Gardens and maps of Places of Interest and Plants Trails.
The Istana Heritage Gallery at Istana Park (opposite the main gate of the Istana along Orchard Road) will also be open from 10am to 6pm.
Istana souvenirs will be on sale during the Open House. Proceeds from the sale of souvenirs and all entrance fees collected will be donated to charity.
Entry to the Istana grounds is FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. All others visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. Entry to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. The nearest MRT station is Dhoby Ghaut.
Additional fees as specified in Annexes C and D are applicable for the guided tours.
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