Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s – 2000s

27 May 2023 - 25 Feb 2024
Exhibition Gallery,
10am to 7pm daily
Free for Singaporeans and PRs. Admission is free for all on 24 & 25 February.
Hop aboard the National Museum of Singapore’s ‘flight’ to discover Singapore with Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s – 2000s, a travel-themed exhibition that traces the evolution of Singapore’s identity as a popular travel destination, through the eyes of those who arrived at our shores from the past to the present.
Set against the backdrop of Singapore’s colonial past and its post-independence decades up to the present, Now Boarding presents itself as a travel guide and visual exploration of Destination Singapore.


Through four thematic sections aligned to the themes of transport, accommodation, food and beverage, sights and shopping; the exhibition showcases a specially curated selection of ubiquitous material and artefacts evoking powerful memories of travel to and from Singapore. This includes the iconic analogue flip board previously located at Changi Airport (on display till 19 November 2023), to a set of the history-making Singapore Airlines’ A380 prestigious Suites Cabin seat.

As part of Now Boarding, there will also be a series of themed pop-up experiences that will happen throughout the year, including NMS’ very own disco room, and other complementary programming for everyone. Check in to this exhibition to discover our little red dot anew, and contemplate on our identities as Singaporeans in an increasingly globalised world.

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Closing Weekend Programmes

Last call, before the gate to Now Boarding closes! Join us for a series of programmes on 24 February to bid our exhibition farewell.

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Now Boarding Interactive Game

Journey across Singapore island to find and collect iconic memorabilia. Item's are hidden all across the map. Find them to unlock more levels and receive a special reward upon completing the game. Have fun!

Click here to access the game!

Explorer Guide

Explorer's Guide for Children

Travel around the exhibition with this booklet and let Aero, National Museum of Singapore’s special aeroplane, be your guide! Examine the artefacts highlighted in the explorer’s guide with the help of mini activities and reflective questions, as we experience Singapore from the 1800s to the 2000s through the theme of travel.

To promote sustainability, you are encouraged to download a copy of the booklet here. Limited copies are available at the exhibition entrance.

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Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!