|Singapore Discovery Centre ("SDC"), 知新馆, is a "hands on, minds on" place where you can explore what keeps Singapore going. Permanent Exhibits include Gateway, So Singapore, Build It, On Location Reporter and much more. Other attractions include iWERKS Theatre, Shooting Gallery and XD Theatre. You may even organize events at SDC, see their website for more information.
The idea of building a museum to showcase the history of the SAF was first mooted. This idea later evolved into the concept of the Singapore Discovery Centre. In October 1992, MINDEF approved the setting up of the Singapore Discovery Center at a cost of $70 million. Located on the grounds of SAFTI Military Institute, the architects, Mitchell Giurgola & Throp Architects, developed the architectural design for the SDC. SDC has a unique triangular roof structure and supporting rectangular buildings.
The Singapore Discovery Centre was officially opened by his excellency, President Ong Teng Cheong, on 23 November 1996 with the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Dr Tony Tan. In 1998, SDC started a review of the Centre to change from a historical to an issue-based orientation.
Before the renovation, Some of the star attractions include Jungle Survival, Thermal Imaging, Tunnel of Illusions, Periscope Adventure, Tactics Gallery, Technology Gallery and Singapore Dynamics Gallery (go back in time and relive Singapore's key moments). There was also the largest motion simulator in Southeast Asia, a 60-seater six-degree-of-freedom motion simulator.
In early 2001, Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) was selected as the design consultants for the project. A presentation was made to the Singapore Totalisator Board in 2002 and a grant of S$25 million was approved. Redevelopment work started in December 2002. SDC undergone a revamp and the current new centre is officially opened on 18th July 2006.
SAFTI BUS TOUR: From Boys to Men - This bus tour brings guests around the 88-hectare training ground for officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force. If you are lucky, you might get to see some soldiers in training.