Pay a visit back to the days of romance at one of the largest ongoing onsite exhibits, “Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express” at Gardens By The Bay. The exhibition is now on till 5 January 2022.
Spanning over 2,000 sqm, the pop-up attraction will feature two original train carriages classified as National Treasures of France, and a 158-year-old locomotive shipped from France to Singapore, along with 300 heritage items such as uniforms, shields, a pullman car, affiches, Louis Vuitton original luggage, priceless porcelain and more.
The Orient Express exhibit arrived in Singapore after 40 days of travel from France. Once the epitome of luxury travel and refinement, this well-known carriage is an important representation of the world history.
Visitors can look forward to immersing themselves in a larger than life world of artefacts, interactive displays and historical facts that explain the astonishing dream and journey of the Orient Express from Europe to the Orient.
Enter the original carriages from the Orient Express
With only three such carriages left in the world, Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express at Gardens By The Bay will be featuring two of the original carriages filled with the original furniture of the Orient Express for visitors to view and tour along with over 300 artefacts.
With the sounds of chugging along the train tracks and the high pitched whistle of the train filling the atmosphere, visitors can expect to be transported back in time to when the Orient Express was filled with passengers.
The table is filled with props to aid the experience of reliving the lives of famous authors and singers that have travelled on board the train.
The Fourgon on the Orient Express
The fourgon or cabin area on the Orient Express is used as a space to pay tribute to the various movies and books that were inspired by this famous train. Some titles that you can expect to find include James Bond’s From Russia With Love and of course, Murder on the Orient Express.
There will also be an interesting exhibit showcasing the inspiration behind the various murder mysteries set upon this luxurious train. Find out about the real-life historical events that sparked the starting of these two classic mystery books.
The exhibition area on the Orient Express
As a response to the demand for more comfort during long journeys, learn more about the history and origins of the Orient Express and its founder, Georges Nagelmackers. With more than 300 pieces of artefacts on display, the objet de arts can be categorised into three groups – art, daily and travel.
Some original artefacts to look out for amongst the décor such as Lalique glass plate inlays, restaurant lamps, and Louis Vuitton include an interactive exhibition focusing on the history of the Orient Express and how it linked Europe and the Orient.
Orient Express Gift Shop
There will also be an Orient Express Gift Shop for members of the public to purchase memorabilia such as fans, masks and other exclusive items. Tickets are not required to patronise the store.
Visiting Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express At Gardens By The Bay
‘Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express’ is a ticketed exhibition. To gain admission, visitors must first reserve their tickets at this site.
Date: Till Wednesday, 5 January 2022
● Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday: 10 am to 9 pm
● Wednesday and Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm
● Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm
^Operating hours are extended on selected days.
Location: West Lawn (next to Bayfront Plaza)
Ticket: From $25 per pax (free for children below 3 years old)