Renovation works in parts of the Battlebox for June

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From today – 10 June – until 27 June, there will be daily renovation works going on inside parts of the Battlebox from 8am to 10pm.

This is to prepare the Battlebox for its Official Launch on Tuesday, 28 June, and also to make the former underground command centre ready for free-and-easy visitors to enter after 28 June.

In the meantime, if you are visiting the Battlebox through its The Story of Strategy & Surrender tours, we beg your understanding in bearing with some noise and the presence of workers in parts of the Battlebox.

The works are a necessity to make the Battlebox a better place for the portrayal and learning of history.

Thank you!

No 2.45pm Battlebox tour for 14 June

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Next Tuesday (14 June), the regular 2.45pm slot for The Story of Strategy & Surrender tour will be closed.

This is to allow a significant number of tour groups to visit the Battlebox.

The Battlebox will be open for all other regular tour slots that day. That means business as usual for the 9.45am, 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm tours.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Excellent reviews on TripAdvisor – thank YOU

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The Battlebox reopened on 13 February this year, and just after three months of operations, we have received excellent reviews on our TripAdvisor page. We are now ranked #76 out of 722 “things to do in Singapore”, and #12 out of 93 museums in Singapore!

We will like to thank each and every one of you who have visited the Battlebox for such a rousing stamp of approval. We will not have achieved this much in such a short period of time without your tremendous support.

Despite the odds and the challenges, we will continue to do our very best to serve every visitor who comes through our doors and make sure your visit to the Battlebox is a memorable one.

Thank you once again, and keep the reviews and feedback coming in!

No regular Battlebox tours for the morning of 24 and 25 May only; the Battlebox will be open on Vesak Day

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This is a latest update: The Battlebox will be closed to regular The Story of Strategy & Surrender tours on the morning of both Tuesday and Wednesday, 24 and 25 May.

This means the usual 9.45am and 11am tours will not take place on both days.

This is to allow school groups to visit the Battlebox en-masse.

The Battlebox will be open again to regular tours in the afternoon for both days, for the usual 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm tours.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Meanwhile, this Saturday – 21 May – is Vesak Day, a public holiday in Singapore. The Battlebox will be open as usual on that day, as is the case for all public holidays, and it will run the five regular tours as per normal. See you!

No 1.30pm Battlebox tours for 12 and 13 May only

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This Thursday and Friday (12 and 13 May), the regular 1.30pm slot for The Story of Strategy & Surrender tour will be closed.

This is to allow a significant number of tour groups to visit the Battlebox.

The Battlebox will be open for all other regular tour slots on both days. That means business as usual for the 9.45am, 11am, 2.45pm and 4pm tours.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and also for the short notice.

No regular Battlebox tours for the morning of 25 May only

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The Battlebox will be closed to regular The Story of Strategy & Surrender tours on the morning of Wednesday, 25 May.

That means the usual 9.45am and 11am tours will not take place.

This is to allow school groups to visit the Battlebox en-masse.

The Battlebox will be open again to regular tours in the afternoon, for the usual 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm tours.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Educating the next generation on our history is one of our sacred duties, and that is what we will be doing on the morning of 25 May!

Anzac Day

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To our friends from Australia and New Zealand – have a blessed Anzac Day.

May the sacrifices of all men and women in war never be forgotten.

Anzac Day (25 April) is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

25 April is the date of the start of the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign in 1915 during the First World War, in what is now northwest Turkey. The campaign saw the deaths of more than 8,700 Australians and 2,700 New Zealanders, and marked the birth of national consciousness in Australia and New Zealand.

Lest we forget…

The Battlebox will still open on Labour Day

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For Singapore, 1 May (Sunday) is a public holiday – Labour Day. Since the public holiday is a Sunday, the following day, 2 May (Monday), is also a public holiday.

For both days, the Battlebox and Visitor Centre will be OPEN for business as usual, with five tour slots on Sunday, and three slots on Monday, as per normal. Please come and visit us!

However, for the 2.5-hour Of Graves, Guns & Battles tour, it will NOT be held on 2 May (Monday). This tour will resume on 5 May (Thursday).

Cheers!

Call for research material

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We are constantly working hard to improve the Battlebox experience and acquire fresh artefacts, archival material and wartime oral accounts, in order to attain more information about the Battlebox during WWII, and also to better tell the story of how and why Singapore fell in 1942.

If you have anything to contribute or share with us, be it original artefacts, old documents or wartime experiences, please email the Battlebox research team at eisen@shc.com.sg.

Thank you very much!

The Battlebox will reopen in phases

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Welcome to the Battlebox!

After closing for a couple of years for renovations and infrastructural works, the Battlebox reopened with a soft launch on 13 February 2016.

In Phase 1 of reopening, the bunker will be open for English-language guided tours by a team of professional docents.

The official launch of the Battlebox will take place on 28 June 2016. More details will be revealed at a later time.

After that, Phase 2 of the reopening of the Battlebox will kick in, allowing the admission of free-and-easy visitors together with multimedia guides. We will also progressively install more exhibits and artefacts.

Phase 3, around the end of the year or in early 2017, will see us introducing 3D and 4D experiences depicting air, land and sea battles over Malaya and Singapore.

It’s an exciting time to work at the Battlebox!