Exhibition List
Exhibition List

Our Exhibitions

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ExhibitionPERMANENT

A Voyage of Love and Longing

Drawing inspiration from the practice of belayar (voyage) in the Malay Archipelago during the 19th century, A Voyage of Love and Longing invites visitors to re-trace the complex emotions at its different points, from departure to return, through the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.

Goh Seng Choo Gallery, Level 2, Daily from 10am – 7pm Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Citizens & Permanent Residents
An Old New World
ExhibitionPERMANENT

An Old New World: Digital Edition

An Old New World: Digital Edition allows you to virtually explore the exhibition An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819, which features personal collections from the families of Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar, as well as treasures from international museums such as the Royal Collections Trust, London to highlights from our National Collection.

Free Admission
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ExhibitionDIGITAL EXHIBITION

Every Body Plays a Part - A Showcase of Public Health Crises and Responses in Singapore

Drawing from the National Museum’s collections, this online showcase explores a little-known side of Singapore’s history of public health. The exhibition highlights the measures taken to stem the spread of contagious diseases on the island, the introduction of vaccines, the creation of hospitals and the roles played by key local personalities as well as the public campaigns aimed at encouraging a clean and hygienic environment. The online showcase aims to present its artefacts in a new narrative context - the history of infectious diseases starting from the late 19th century and through the decades and the various measures undertaken to deal with them

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ExhibitionPERMANENT

Growing Up

Set against the larger historical context of Singapore’s early years as a young nation, this gallery offers the parallel societal changes in the tumultuous 1950s and 1960s through the kampung, school and entertainment venues.

Level 2, Growing Up Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm. Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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ExhibitionPERMANENT

History of the National Museum of Singapore

This mural was painted over four days in a style inspired by the 19th-century landscape paintings held by the National Museum of Singapore (NMS), and presents the Museum’s rich history and collection.

Grand Staircase, Level 1, Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free admission
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ExhibitionPERMANENT

Modern Colony

By the end of the 19th century, Singapore was already a global city brought about by an influx of people, ideas and goods from Asia and Europe. This gallery explores the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore as British Crown colony in the 1920s and 1930s.

Level 2, Modern Colony Gallery, The gallery will be closed on 11 May (9 – 5pm) & 12 May (9 – 12pm). Thank you for your understanding.
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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ExhibitionPERMANENT

Singapore History Gallery

The Singapore History Gallery’s updated narrative charts the development of the island as it was known through the years as Singapura, a Crown Colony, Syonan-To, and finally, Singapore.

Level 1, Singapore History Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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ExhibitionPERMANENT

Singapore, Very Old Tree

Created by renowned local photographer and artist Robert Zhao, this exhibit at the bottom of the Glass Rotunda showcases 17 images of trees around Singapore and highlight intimate stories of each.

Level 2, Glass Rotunda, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.15pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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ExhibitionPERMANENT

Story of the Forest

Experience the treasured collection of the National Museum brought to life through a spectacular digital presentation, and be transported to 20th century Malaya as viewed through the eyes of artists of that time and reimagined today by interdisciplinary art collective teamLab.

Level 2, Glass Rotunda, 10am - 7pm. [Last Admission is at 6.15pm]
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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ExhibitionPERMANENT

Surviving Syonan

This gallery shines the spotlight on how the people of Singapore coped with daily life and responded with grit and resourcefulness to the Japanese Occupation, a period of great adversity and abject scarcity. It celebrates their resilience, tenacity, resourcefulness and self-reliance.

Level 2, Surviving Syonan Gallery, The gallery will be closed on 25 May for maintenance from 12pm – 5pm. Thank you for your understanding.
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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ExhibitionPERMANENT

Voices of Singapore

Through cultural artefacts including music, performances, television and theatre, this gallery explores how Singaporeans constructed a complex terrain of self-expression in the 1970s and 80s.

Level 2, Voices of Singapore Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre by homegrown artist Suzann Victor presents a chorus of eight kinetic chandeliers that “sing” with movement as they sway in a dramatic midair choreography of light.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free admission
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Exhibition10 JUN 2022 - 30 OCT 2022

OFF / ON: Everyday Technology that Changed our Lives, 1970s – 2000s

OFF / ON. Step into this immersive showcase and explore how everyday technological tools changed and shaped the lives of Singaporeans from the 1970s to 2000s.

Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, 10am - 7pm (Gallery will be closed at 6:00pm on selected days for Escape Room Game. More information will be published at a later date)
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Exhibition16 MAY 2022 - 29 MAY 2022

Communal Dining: A Celebration of Our Hawker Culture

Explore Singapore’s Ubiquitous Hawker Culture through the works of our designers from Raffles Design Institute, inspired by our food, our multiculturalism, our architecture, our social innovations, the way we eat, the way we socialise, the wares we use, our way of life.

Long Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 6pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition20 APR 2022 - 31 JUL 2022

Rooting for Change: Artistic Responses to Climate Change and Sustainability

Immerse yourself in three multimedia artworks created as an artistic response to climate change and sustainability, inspired by the museum's collection to create fresh connections between environmental issues that concern our present and allow us to imagine what our future might look like.

LED Wall, opposite The Salon, Daily 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
Dislocations
Exhibition29 JAN 2022 - 31 JUL 2022

Dislocations: Memory & Meaning of the Fall of Singapore, 1942

Dislocations: Memory and Meaning of the Fall of Singapore, 1942 is a commemorative exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of the British Surrender to the Imperial Japanese Army in Singapore on 15 February 1942.

Exhibition Gallery, Basement , Daily 10am – 7pm Last admission is at 6.30pm
Free Admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents