If you’re looking for interesting things to do this weekend, consider this: the Orient Express pop-up exhibition at Gardens by the Bay. most famously known as pop culture’s most famous locomotive, the train was first created in 1883 and it’s the first time it’s been outside of France.
A magical universe of travel, culture, and gastronomy, the attraction promises to transport you to faraway places, never mind the current restrictions on travel. Explore the luxury train on its reconstituted train platform, and learn about its storied history in showrooms full of giant travel trunks.
These include some 300 precious items and documents, some of which had to be carefully restored to their former glory and brought over from France. The exhibition also includes a original locomotive built in France 158 years ago and a sleeper car from the 1930s, which was no mean feat to ship halfway across the world.
There’ll also be details like menus, cutlery, suitcases — everything one needs to relive the glamour of luxury travel in the past, or scenes from Murder On the Orient Express or From Russia With Love, if you so prefer.
Here’s a sneak peek of the actual exhibition, happening from 12 December 2020 to 14 June 2021. Tickets are $25/pax and $88 for a family bundle (2 adults and 2 children), excluding booking fee. Get yours from SISTIC here.