Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea

by - Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ok, I'm quite late in writing this post about Imaginarium because the exhibition is about to end on 28 August. If you have not visited this, you should quickly schedule a visit after reading this post.

We have been to Imaginarium last year and it was a hit with the boys. This year, how could we miss the chance to visit the exhibit again?

Imaginarium is held at SAM@8Q and is FREE entry for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Same as last year, the exhibit is span over four floors in the museum. This year, the theme of the exhibition is Ocean.

Where is Mogus?

This is the first exhibit that the boys saw upon entering the museum and made a dash for it. The first thing that caught the boys' attention are these two super big whale plushies on the floor.

It is nice to sit on...

To lay on...

And to jump from... I can't even take a proper photo of Big J jumping because he is so fast!

In the same room, there are also see these ocean animals and corals installations, which are made from yarn. I love their bright colours, as if welcoming us into the ocean! The boys only took a few glances at these and went back to the whales because these are see-no-touch exhibits.

I love these bright yellow fishes.

The boys continued their jumping on the whales until I told them that we should move on to the next room. 


On the second level, we came to the Submaroom. In this room, we can look through these metal pipes...

and see some photos that are related to the oceans.

There are also tables and chairs for making origami. We were out of this room pretty fast because they don't have the patience to make origami.

There is also a short film screening room on the same floor, showing films inspired by tales in the ocean. We didn't watch because the boys know there are more fun upstairs.

Wall Paintings

Along the stairways to the different levels, there are mural wall paintings to set you thinking. These paintings show how human has excessively exploit the ocean life.

I feel that these paintings are quite disturbing. No doubts that it is showing the truth that human beings are killing these exotic animals, the way it is depicted is quite gross.

Big J was asking why the person is eating the shark, why are they killing the animals, why the animals look so upset. I can see that his expression is a bit disturbed. I tried to explain to him but I can't say we can't eat animals, because we do eat chicken, fish or meat. I told him about endangered animals, how they are important to the ocean life and how we should protect them. He seems to understand.


Away from these disturbing paintings, we came to a special room. Located on the third floor, this is one of Big J's favourite installations. We came back here a couple of times after we finished the whole museum.

ADA is this big balloon. It floats around in this dark room and has charcoal studs on its surface. Children can push it around and see it bounces off the walls and ceilings, leaving charcoal marks behind.

Through this, children can learn that what they do will have an effect on the world around them. These effects might not be visible but when they do become visible, it will be too late to undo our actions.

Big J enjoyed pushing the ball around but Small J was too scare to enter the dark room. I had to sit outside the dark room with him.

Do note that the charcoal studs will leave marks on your hands and clothes. These are easily washed off in the washroom nearby, so not to worry.

Damien, I'm Famished | Bryde's Fountain | Surrealism Spiced

In this next room, there are some structures that are related to the ocean theme too. The interesting part is that some parts of these structures are able to move.

The fishes are swimming away the shark.

Fountain of water on the blowhole of the whale.

The Sounds of the Estuary

Going on to the fourth floor, we came to The Sounds of the Estuary. The installations here involve the sense of hearing.

We can listen to the sound of waves and looking upon this artwork of waves.

Big J is spinning the handle and observing the scene changing. The scene is of course about the ocean.

I'm not sure what this is trying to depict, but the figures do look creepy.

Listening to the sounds of an old town.

Plastic Ocean

The last room we came to is the Plastic Ocean, another of our favourites. The first sight that greeted us is this overwhelming view of plastic and more plastic. We had to walk low to avoid the trash that hang above us. The artist is trying to tell us how difficult it is for the ocean creatures to live under such a condition. They can't swim, they get entangled in the sea of rubbish and even mistake these for food.

While the boys were still happily swimming in the sea of plastics, I took the opportunity to explain about water pollution and how it is affecting the ocean life. The boys realised that it is difficult for fishes to swim if the ocean is full of plastics and rubbish.

Outside the Plastic Ocean, we can also see these pictures about pollution, specifically, water pollution.

Overall, I think this is a very suitable exhibition for young children to learn about the ocean and pollution. There are many interactive works which involve our senses. Children and adults will be able to play and learn important conservation message through the exhibition.

Admission Fees

Admission is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Everyone can also get free entry on every Friday after 6pm.

Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea

14 May 2016 - 28 August 2016
8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535 (Nearest MRT: Bras Basah MRT)

Opening hours:
Mondays to Sundays: 10am to 7pm (Last admission at 6:15pm)
Fridays: 10am to 9pm
Enjoy complimentary entry on Friday evenings from 6pm - 9pm

For more information about Imaginarium, please check herehere

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  1. I visited Imaginarium on its media preview day and simply loved it. Very creative!

  2. Love the underwater and fishy themes. Have seen the "Plastic Ocean", sad but true how we humans are polluting our resources.

    cheers, Andy

  3. Imaginarium this year is really awesome and the interactive nature of the art pieces are so great for kids! Sadly, visitors haven't been as respectful to the artwork as they should. I visited recently and the beautiful yellow submarine in the 'Where is Mogus' has completely lost it's shape as visitors pulled down the hanging fish from the ceiling. One of the museum staff told me that some parents even allowed their children to unravel the knitted seas creatures or forcibly rip them open!

  4. Let's really do our part in protecting the environment and educate our younger ones.

  5. Great start to teaching kids about being environmentally friendly... just hoping that parents can teach kids to be respectful of the art n not destroy it so others can appreciate it too!

    Jamie Chaw

  6. You just reminded me about visiting this. Thanks! Looks good. Our kids are so blessed to be born and living in Sg -so much things to captivate their imagination!

  7. Love all the hands-on experience you can get with the exhibits. Will try to visit before it ends!!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  8. What a fun and interactive way to teach the little ones more about marine life and the horrid polluted state of our ocean.

  9. It looks so nice!! I initially planned to go, but I was worried that the kids may be turned off by visiting a museum. Looks like it is quite different from the usual museum runs!