Review: Into the Wild – An Immersive Virtual Adventure in Singapore at Artscience Museum

By Lynn Wee   — February 11, 2017
  • An immersive virtual experience
    1 / 6 An immersive virtual experience

    By Lynn Wee

    Ever wondered what it would be like to walk through a modern building, yet experience the real-world setting of a natural habitat thousands of miles away at the same time?

    The Artscience Museum’s recent collaboration with Google, Lenovo, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for its latest permanent development – Into the Wild: An Immersive Virtual Adventure – allows you to do just that. 

    Young Parents popped by to experience this virtual reality adventure first hand, and we were impressed. 

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  • Embark on a virtual forest adventure
    2 / 6 Embark on a virtual forest adventure

    With a smartphone in hand, your little ones take on the role of a forest ranger and embark on a virtual forest adventure across the 1,000 sq m basement level of the museum.

    The smartphone is attached to a lanyard and it comes in a plastic casing (pictured above) to allow kids to hold on to it easily. 

    Logging into the system is straightforward: kids just need to key in their names in their virtual book. 

    Related: Review: Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonder in Singapore

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  • Children learn about inhabitants of the forest
    3 / 6 Children learn about inhabitants of the forest

    As they make their way around around the museum, your children will discover the five key inhabitants of the Sumatran rainforest – the mousedeer, Malaysian tapir, Junda Pangolin, Sumatran tiger and the Orangutan, and experience other elements such as butterflies, birds and waterfalls. 

    We liked that the information for each animal was presented in an entertaining yet educational format. 

    For example, did you know that a pangolin can consume 70 million ants per year, and tapirs actually use their nose as a snorkel when they dive underwater?

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  • Kids will complete simple challenges along the way
    4 / 6 Kids will complete simple challenges along the way

    Your children will also be prompted to complete different challenges before they are able to plant a virtual seed – which will then grow into a tree on the fourth level of the museum. 

    As they tackle simple challenges such as freeing a trapped mousedeer (pictured above) or alerting others about a forest fire, make use of these experiences to teach them about issues of endangered species and the effect environmental degradation has on humans.  

    Related: Review: NASA – A Human Adventure exhibition in Singapore

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  • The adventure ends with a film
    5 / 6 The adventure ends with a film

    The virtual adventure culminates in a cinematic experience – a thought-provoking six minute film by Singapore artist Brian Gothong Tan, depicting the five inhabitants. 

    At the end of the exhibition, families can continue their experience by pledging a minimum amount of $38 to WWF to have an actual tree planted in Rimbang Baling – an area in the Sumatran rainforest. 

    Related: How to teach child about being green

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  • Details of Into the Wild
    6 / 6 Details of Into the Wild

    When: From Feb 11, 10am to 7pm daily

    Where: Artscience Museum, Basement level 

    Price: Free 

    Visit: http://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/into-the-wild.html 

    Note: There are only 50 smartphones available at one time, and you will need to present your identification card in exchange for a device. 

    Update: You can now book a device here before heading down to enjoy this experience.

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