Starting 12 December till 13 June 2021, members of the public can now finally board the Orient Express at one of the largest ongoing onsite exhibits: “Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express” at Gardens By The Bay!
The Orient Express exhibit arrived in Singapore on 1 December 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 and 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
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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. This will be a first for both the exhibit and for Singapore.
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 Pop-Up Restaurant with Double Three Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Alléno
As with any luxury train ride, the dining car in the Orient Express once served cuisines reflecting countries that passengers journeyed across. As a special gourmet highlight at the pop-up attraction at Gardens By The Bay, Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, awarded twice with three Michelin stars, will be offering diners a unique experience to dine lavishly on board the replica Anatolia dining car that will house the pop-up restaurant.
Recipes have been created especially for this showcase, and everything has been carefully curated to reflect and mirror the legendary meals of the era, both in terms of the dishes and the decoration. The Orient Express Pop-Up Restaurant will open with high tea sessions from 12 December 2020. Entry to the restaurant is separate from the exhibition, with reservations are required, catering only to children above the age of 12. The full dining experience of lunch, brunch and dinner will be available before Christmas with more information to be revealed at a later date. Reservations for high tea can be booked online at www.orientexpressexhibition.com.
Orient Express Road Café
If you are looking to get a quick bite after touring this exciting exhibit, pop by the Orient Express Road Café. This special 40-seater café will give visitors the chance to embark on yet another journey through coffee blends that were discovered and made famous by the many stops along the Orient Express route such as Paris, Venice, Vienna and Istanbul. Reservations will not be required, visitors can also choose to take away their orders.
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.