Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore

27 Feb 2021 - 29 Aug 2021
Exhibition Gallery,
Basement Level
Daily 10am – 7pm
Free admission
Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore is the National Museum of Singapore’s first exhibition introducing the museum’s new Collecting Contemporary Singapore initiative. This initiative seeks to document contemporary events and developments in Singapore by collecting related artefacts and stories through engagement with the public.
With the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the museum commissioned five local photographers – Bob Lee, Brian Teo, Edwin Koo, How Hwee Young and Zakaria Zainal − and two filmmakers – Adar Ng and Dave Lim – to visually document how it was experienced in Singapore.

The photographs and short film produced from this commissioned project, along with a selection of objects collected from our Documenting COVID-19 in Singapore open call, are showcased in this exhibition, presenting a poignant and resonant portrait of a nation responding to and coping with an unprecedented local and global crisis.

As part of Picturing the Pandemic, our curators sat down for a chat with the photographers, filmmakers and some individuals who were photographed for the project.

In this series of candid conversations, they discuss a selection of stories featured in the exhibition, in addition to their challenges, experience of and responses to the pandemic, as well as their inspirations and hopes for the future.

Click to watch Conversations with Our Curators!

Curation IMD
Curation in a Time of Pandemic: Behind the Scenes of Home, Truly and Picturing The Pandemic *Livestreamed*
Thursday, 20 May 2021 | 7.30pm |
Gallery Theatre | $5/pax (Each ticket comes with light refreshments to take home)

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at of two special exhibitions presented at the National Museum – Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present and Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID in Singapore.

Both exhibitions were put together in 2020, a year where COVID-19 swept the world and affected every aspect of our lives. What were the challenges faced by the curators of the two exhibitions, and how did they adapt to, innovate for and (re)create museum experiences in a time of pandemic?
Curation Talk
Find out more in this special dialogue session that brings together curators from the two exhibitions in conversation.

This programme is held in conjunction with the exhibitions Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present and Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of Covid-19 in Singapore’. Visit to register now!
Take a closer look at the exhibition with our Family Guide that is designed for younger audiences and families, or our Student Guide that puts students in the shoes of curators who have been tasked to collect the contemporary.

Download the Family Guide here!
Download the Student Guide here!
We are extending our public call for objects and creative responses relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore till 30 June 2021.

Be it innovative responses as well as beautiful creative works devised or adapted to help face the unique circumstances and challenges of the pandemic, share with us your thoughts and creations and be a part of history.

Click here to contribute!

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!