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Our Volunteers

Our docents and volunteers are the soul of our museums and heritage institutions as they help bring the stories behind our artefacts to life. Over the years, NHB’s family of museum volunteers and docents has grown from strength to strength, counting amongst them private organisations such as Friends of the Museum (FOM) and Museum Volunteers (MV), as well as individuals who are simply passionate about sharing their love for Singapore’s history and heritage. Similar to the FOMs and MVs, the Mandarin Guides support the museums and promote the arts and culture scene in Singapore by providing Mandarin guided tours.

Their zeal and enthusiasm is something NHB is very grateful for.

There are 3 groups of volunteers that support the various museums under the National Heritage Board. They are the Friends of Museums, Singapore(FOM), the Museum Volunteers (MV) and Mandarin Guides (MG).

For enquiries regarding the Friends of the Museums, Singapore, please contact: 6337 3685 or e-mail

For enquiries regarding the Mandarin Docents (National Museum of Singapore), please e-mail

For enquiries regarding NHB's Volunteer Engagement programmes and recruitment, please e-mail

Volunteers in the News

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The Straits Times
May 17 2015


Head of docent group out to get more Singaporeans to be volunteer guides.

When Ms Elaine Cheong joined the Friends of the Museums (FOM) in 1998, she was one of the only five Singaporean women in a batch of 80 new volunteers.

The others attending a nine-month-long training programme to become museum guides were mostly wives of expatriates from different parts of the world. 

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The Straits Times
February 21 2015


No experience necessary. National Heritage Board will now help recruit and train docents. Must commit to volunteering at least once a month for two years.

Ms Yuen Tan, who has been giving tours at the National Museum of Singapore for a year and a half with docent group Museum Volunteers, said she signed up because she wanted to know more about her heritage.

“I started out being very ignorant about Singapore history,” said Ms Tan, who is in her 30s and works in a system integration firm. “ All I knew was that we used to be a fishing village, and then we were separated (from Malaysia) in 1965. It made me feel ignorant that I didn’t even know about my own roots.”

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Volunteer Opportunities at Community Events, Heritage Trails and other Heritage projects

If you have the passion for heritage, we welcome you to volunteer for our community events, heritage trails and even community gallery museums. Join our mailing list at to be kept updated about the volunteering opportunities.