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Maritime Experiential Museum and Crane Dance to end operation March 1 in preparation of Resorts World Sentosa expansion

Two attractions at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will welcome visitors for the final time on Sunday, March 1, 2020 as they make way for the major RWS 2.0 expansion and transformation. The Crane Dance and the Maritime Experiential Museum will be closed starting Monday, March 2, 2020 for the redevelopment of the waterfront promenade and the expansion of the S.E.A. Aquarium respectively.

Specially created for RWS by international show maestro and four-time Emmy Award winner Jeremy Railton, the Crane Dance premiered on Christmas Day, December 25, 2010 and tells a magical and touching story about a pair of mechanical cranes and how their love for each other transforms them from inanimate forms into real birds. At 10 stories high, the Crane Dance is one of the world’s largest dancing animatronics show extravaganzas and a visually-stunning waterfront performance at RWS, featuring digital art, LED displays, astounding light and water effects, pyrotechnics as well as an original score that beautifully narrates the crane’s graceful courtship ritual.

Opened on October 15, 2011, The Maritime Experiential Museum is Singapore’s first and only museum dedicated to the exploration of the Maritime Silk Route. Through engaging exhibits, shipwreck artifacts, life-sized ship replicas, and a wide range of educational programs across 15 immersive galleries, the attraction takes guests back to one of the greatest eras in history, where the tales of sea adventurers and the growth of sea trade between Asia and the Middle East are told. Guests get to experience fleeing pirate invaders aboard a burning ship, and face the wrath of the sea amidst a treacherous storm before sinking into the depths of the ocean through a multi-sensory simulation known as Shipwreck at Typhoon Theatre.

As part of RWS 2.0 development and makeover, the S.E.A. Aquarium will be expanded, taking over the adjacent Maritime Experiential Museum, and elevated to the next level to become a much larger aquarium and rebranded as the Singapore Oceanarium. The first-of-its-kind in the world, the new Singapore Oceanarium will showcase an exciting blend of specially-curated marine life and exhibits of prehistoric marine life and deep sea creatures. They will be part of the exciting Singapore Oceanarium’s story on the history of evolution, ocean exploration and the importance of embracing marine conservation. The S.E.A. Aquarium continues to operate as usual from 10am to 7pm daily.

Paving the way for a complete transformation of the waterfront promenade under RWS 2.0, a new Waterfront Lifestyle Complex will be built housing two destination hotels, exciting all-day and all- night dining and lifestyle experiences, and an iconic public attraction replacing the Crane Dance. The new public attraction will feature a spectacular nightly show that will draw crowds, enliven the night scene and add new groove and vibrancy to the seafront. During the day, it will transform into a multi-functional zone that can be creatively and flexibly decked out for festivals and thematic events.

Visitors have now till Sunday, 1 March 2020 to catch the magnificent Crane Dance performance and immerse in adventurous maritime voyages of the high seas at The Maritime Experiential Museum before both attractions make their final bow. The Crane Dance continues to stage its free nightly 10- minute performance at 8pm at the RWS waterfront while The Maritime Experiential Museum welcomes guests daily from 10am to 7pm daily. General admission to The Maritime Experiential Museum are priced at S$12 (adults age 13 years and above), S$8 (children age four years and above) and S$5 (seniors age 60 years and above) respectively for one-day ticket.

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