Plastic: Remaking Our World

27 Jan 2024 - 23 Jun 2024
Exhibition Gallery 1,
Basement Level
10am – 7pm
Free for Concession holders who are Singaporeans or PRs. Tickets are on sale now.
Uncover the evolution of plastic, a revolutionary material, at a special travelling exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum, V&A Dundee, and maat, Lisbon premiering in Asia at the National Museum of Singapore.

Plastic: Remaking Our World charts the material’s meteoric rise in the 20th century, its environmental impact, and cutting-edge solutions for a more sustainable way of using plastics in our society.

Featuring over 300 objects, posters, films, and photographs, including rarities from the dawn of the plastic age, objects of the pop era and contemporary designs and projects, the exhibition also includes a local narrative of Singapore’s history with plastics, featuring a blend of physical and digital display of National Collection items as well as an interactive space.


The exhibition is divided into 3 sections that cover the theme of plastic and its prevalence in society over the years.

  • Kalpa: An immersive film installation created by Asif Khan contrasting the long-term formation of oil with the rapid generation of plastic waste.
  • Synthetica, Petromodernity and Plasticene: Plastics from 1850 until today: Featuring global design movements and the increasing pervasiveness of the material, this section describes the development of early natural and synthetic plastics, the evolution of the material and the shifting perceptions of plastics from their beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century to their global omnipresence today.
  • Re-: The final section explores how we can achieve a circular plastic economy and looks to spark conversations on using plastic in a more sustainable way. The exhibition continues outside the gallery with a sorting zone where visitors can learn about the different types of plastic, and an injection machine that repurposes waste plastic into functional household items.

  • 081_20240118_edit2ZII_8463

    Visitors can also look out for Plastics in Singapore labels that offer insights on objects from our National Collection by scanning the QR code provided.
    logoplate stacked


    Plastic: Remaking Our World eBrochure

    Download our e-brochure to navigate the gallery. We encourage the use of the digital brochure as part of the National Museum’s commitment to work towards a greener and more sustainable Singapore.

    View The Brochure


    Plastics in Our Lives interactive space

    27 Jan – 23 Jun | 10am to 7pm | Free Admission

    Step into a home full of objects, located outside the exhibition! Come and explore the pervasiveness of plastics in our daily lives and learn fun facts about items that may contain plastics. Enjoy the Green Detective’s Challenge, an on-site gamified experience and more.

    Look out for our additional room and participatory installation, the Shore Debris Table by artist Ernest Goh, coming soon in March!

    Social Giveaway Terms & Conditions

    Follow our Instagram and Facebook for giveaway and stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to the exhibition!

    Terms & Conditions

    Personal Data Use & Parental Consent

    Sustainable Clothing Care Through Mending (1)


    Ring in the new year by making a personal commitment to sustainability with our special programmes.

    Explore now


    Open Call: Collecting Contemporary Singapore - Technology

    Share your memories with us.

    Plastics have shaped our daily lives like no other material: from packaging to footwear, from household goods to furniture, from automobiles to architecture. At the same time, sustainability is a key contemporary issue that informs the way we live. We invite you to contribute your objects and their stories. Click below to learn more.

    Plastic Open Call


    Student Guide

    Explore and examine the artefacts in this exhibition with this booklet!

    To promote sustainability, you are encouraged to download a copy of the booklet here.

    Download now

    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!