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Past Exhibitions

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Exhibition01 FEB 2022 - 21 MAY 2023

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. (Exhibition ends on 21 May 2023)
Free admission for Citizens & Permanent Residents
Exhibition01 JAN 2023 - 01 MAY 2023

Moving Memories

Travel through time and through scenes of Singapore, both past and present, featuring Yew Chong’s life-sized murals.

LED Wall, Level 1, Moving Memories I: 10am – 1pm, Moving Memories II: 1pm – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition04 APR 2023 - 23 APR 2023

Love, Kebaya

Love, Kebaya is a travelling exhibition that takes you on a journey to discover the iconic kebaya, its significance to our region’s shared cultural identity and living heritage, and the multination nomination of kebaya by Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand for inscription onto the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity.

Level 2, Platform, Daily from 10am – 7pm. Last admission at 6.30pm.
Free admission
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Exhibition05 NOV 2022 - 05 FEB 2023

The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022

Come and experience Japan's beloved Manga Doraemon, through the works of globally renowned contemporary Japanese artists such as Takashi Murakami, Mika Ninagawa and Yoshitomo Nara.

Basement Galleries and The Stamford Gallery, 10am - 7pm, Last admission is at 6.30pm.
SGD 30 for Adults | SGD 25 for Individuals under 18 years old | Free-of-Charge for children under 6 years old
Exhibition10 AUG 2022 - 31 DEC 2022

Hawkapura: Atmosphere, Character, Flavours

In visualising and creating various everyday and specialty dishes across generations, Singapore has proudly carved its own identity and passion centring around the subject of food.

LED Wall, opposite The Salon, 10am - 7pm.
Free Admission
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Exhibition19 NOV 2022 - 30 NOV 2022

Día de Muertos: Magic Migrations

Come explore Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday that remembers and honours loved ones who have departed. This year, the exhibition is inspired by the migration patterns of the majestic Monarch butterflies.

The Salon, Level 1, Daily 10am – 7pm.
Free Admission
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. Last admission to the gallery on 21 Oct is at 3.30pm. The gallery will also be closed earlier on Saturdays, and other selected days in preparation for the Escape Room Game, with last admission at 5.30pm. View the full list of affected dates for the Oct Escape Room Game slots below. The museum may bring forward the last admission timing earlier than as stipulated, in consideration of the crowd situation during peak periods especially Saturday afternoons.
Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs. For full admission details, please view the Visit page for details.
Exhibition07 OCT 2022 - 29 OCT 2022

Through the Lens Photo Exhibitions organised by The Straits Times

Celebrate the best in visual and interactive journalism through the most powerful, provocative and poignant images from around the world and Singapore’s journey towards recovery as the pandemic recedes at the Through the Lens Photo Exhibitions organised by The Straits Times.

Long Concourse at Level 1, and the Glass Atrium at Level 2, Daily 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition15 AUG 2022 - 29 SEP 2022

Our SG Heritage Plan 2.0

Come explore more about Our SG Heritage Plan 2.0 (HP2), Singapore’s second heritage masterplan that celebrates Singapore’s rich history and continues to tell the Singapore Story. Share your ideas and thoughts at the booth and on the interactive site now.

Longer Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition01 JUL 2022 - 31 JUL 2022

Craft X Design Showcase

Come explore the unique possibilities that emerged when four pairs of craft practitioners and designers reimagine traditional crafts into innovative and modern products that embody Singapore’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Long Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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
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
Exhibition13 JUL 2022 - 25 JUL 2022

Artist and Sustainability: Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) 2022 Art Exhibition

The Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) 2022 Art Exhibition theme ‘Artist and Sustainability’ invites students to consider how individual efforts and collective actions can positively impact the world we live in and benefit future generations. The exhibition presents more than 500 artworks by students from over 120 Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, and Millennia Institute via the online gallery on the SYF website and selected artworks on-site at the National Museum of Singapore.

The Canyon | Gallery Theatre | Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement , 10am – 7pm Daily
Free Admission
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
Exhibition20 MAR 2022 - 10 APR 2022

AMER: For the Common Good

Explore the stories of people struggling against plastic pollution, overfishing and exploitation, whether mining, industrial or touristic, uncovered by ten journalists who share a commitment to documenting the changes taking place in the world.

The Platform, Level 2, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition18 JAN 2022 - 01 APR 2022

THE LIVES OF WOMEN: What will life be like for women in Singapore in 2050?

This exhibition by Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (SWHF) will look at some key issues and trends affecting women in Singapore today and pose questions about what the situation might be like in 2050.

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am to 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition15 FEB 2022 - 18 FEB 2022

Arts x Tech Lab Showcase

Take a self-guided walk-through at this showcase featureing 10 arts x tech prototypes across the disciplines such as music, dance, literary arts, artificial intelligence and immersive technologies.

Gallery Theatre, Basement, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition15 JAN 2022 - 06 FEB 2022

Through the Lens, Photo exhibition by The Straits Times and World Press Photo

The Straits Times' exhibition explores the impact of global climate change on Singapore and showcases how even a small country can do its part to tackle the challenges of the crisis.

Glass Atrium, Level 2 and The Canyon, Basement, 10am to 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition11 JAN 2022 - 26 JAN 2022

Museum Roundtable 25: Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the Museums in Singapore Travelling Exhibition

The Platform, Level 2, Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition04 DEC 2021 - 09 JAN 2022

New, Great and Happy: The Amusement "Worlds" of Singapore

Relive fond memories and learn interesting fun facts about amusement parks in Singapore. Enjoy some of the classic amusement park games and rides, provided by local carnival veteran Uncle Ringo, at the National Museum’s re-created amusement park!

Stamford Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm
Exhibition11 DEC 2021 - 05 JAN 2022

It'll Be Alright

Engage in reflections and conversations to break down societal stigmas and offer opportunities to understand mental health through the lens of contemporary art and a compilation of stories in an e-book presenting the lived experiences of the youths of today.

Basement Level, The Canyon, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition13 NOV 2021 - 02 JAN 2022

PSM50: Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Singapore’s Preservation Journey

To mark 50 years of preservation in Singapore, the Preservation of Sites and Monuments division of the National Heritage Board presents an exhibition which highlights milestones in Singapore’s preservation journey and showcases all 73 National Monuments through various artworks and exhibits. Learn about the history and significance behind these treasured buildings

Longer Concourse, Level 1, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition16 OCT 2021 - 02 NOV 2021

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

In 2021, Mexico celebrates the 700th anniversary of the foundation of Mexico City, the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlán and the 200 years of the consummation of Mexico’s independence. This year’s exhibition is dedicated to the great Aztec empire, highlighting how they celebrated the Day of the Dead which comprises of a feast from their harvest of beans, chickpeas, corn, and pumpkin.

The Salon, Level 1, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free Admission
Exhibition27 FEB 2021 - 17 OCT 2021

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

Made possible by people from all walks of life in Singapore, this exhibition tells the story of how people are coming together to respond and live through this local and global crisis, through photographs, short film and donated artefacts on view.

Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, Daily 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission
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Exhibition19 DEC 2020 - 03 OCT 2021

Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present

The National Museum of Singapore presents Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present in collaboration with The Straits Times, as part of the newspaper’s 175th anniversary.

Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, Daily from 10am - 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free Admission
Exhibition18 MAR 2021 - 28 MAY 2021

WeCare Arts Exhibition

This exhibition showcases the talents of the beneficiaries from the Social Service Agencies (SSAs) and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) through the art forms like ceramic, performing arts, drawing, photography, batik and clay to express themselves, with the help of the community artists over digital platforms.

Concourse, Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
Exhibition16 JAN 2021 - 07 FEB 2021

Through the Lens: Photo Exhibitions by the Singapore Press Holdings and the World Press Photo

Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 on its world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the 63rd annual World Press Photo Contest.

Concourse, Level 1 and Canyon Basement, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free Admission
Exhibition05 OCT 2020 - 31 JAN 2021


#NEVERBEFORESG addresses the impact of COVID-19 in Singapore and serves as a visual documentation seen through the eyes of 87 creatives.

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Exhibition03 AUG 2020 - 31 DEC 2020

@ Home, Truly: A Digital Experience

What memories bind us together as Singaporeans, and what makes this home, truly? Step into @ Home, Truly: A Digital Experience, and join nine-year-old Nadine and her beloved Gong Gong (Mandarin for “Grandfather”) as they converse with each other about living and growing up in Singapore.

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Exhibition24 OCT 2020 - 23 NOV 2020

Clemenceau in Singapore: A Centennial Exhibition

The exhibition traces Clemenceau’s stop in Singapore – the anticipation of his arrival, the ceremony accorded to him, the people he met and the places he visited.

Platform, Level 2, 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition08 OCT 2020 - 08 NOV 2020

Venice Biennale

First presented in 2019 in Venice, Italy, Music For Everyone: Variations on a Theme is the solo exhibition of artist Song-Ming Ang.

Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, 10am - 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition31 OCT 2020 - 04 NOV 2020

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Explore the festive mood of the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), honouring family and friends who have departed, and celebrating the connection between life and death.

The Salon, Level 1, 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition06 FEB 2020 - 17 MAY 2020

The SPF200 Exhibition: Frontier Town to Safest City

Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world. However, our relative peace and calm should not be taken for granted. We invite you to join us in our travel back in time to 200 years ago, when the Police was only a 12-man team, and how we have evolved against dynamic threats to keep Singapore safe and secure.

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition21 SEP 2019 - 29 MAR 2020

An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819

This exhibition tells lesser-known stories of Singapore's history 200 years before the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles, as part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration.

Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission for Citizens and Permanent Residents
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Exhibition14 FEB 2020 - 29 MAR 2020

Capturing a Century

The Hollandse School celebrates their Centennial Anniversary in Singapore with an exhibition titled, Capturing A Century. Singaporean artist duo OH! and Dutch artist Frances Alleblas will create an immersive and interactive installation that features old and new images of the Hollandse School in Singapore projected onto a life-sized digital kaleidoscope.

Platform and Glass Atrium, Level 2, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition02 NOV 2019 - 19 JAN 2020

The Lives of Women: How have women progressed in Singapore since independence?

This exhibition is the second of the three-part series about the lives of women in Singapore.

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition05 DEC 2019 - 05 JAN 2020

Astrolabe – whakaterenga

Experience old world wisdom through the digital lens of today, as early Chinese and Pacific Island cosmology inspires New Zealand arts laureate Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts to present Astrolabe – whakaterenga (meaning “to launch, float” in Maori).

Gallery 10, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition18 NOV 2019 - 01 DEC 2019

Founders' Memorial Design Showcase

Located at Gardens by the Bay East, the Founders’ Memorial is envisioned to be an integrated building and garden space, with exhibition galleries and art installations.

Stamford Gallery, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition04 NOV 2019 - 25 NOV 2019

Life Underground

Life Underground invites visitors on a journey through the subways of the world and into the personal stories of their passengers.

Gallery 10, 10am - 5pm
Free Admission
Exhibition04 JUL 2019 - 10 NOV 2019


Experience the Labour Movement’s story, intertwined with Singapore’s history, as it makes its way into the future. From the struggles during the pre and post-independence days of Singapore to the triumphant moments of our common history, witness how the Labour Movement evolved into the modern movement it has become today.

Glass Atrium, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition05 OCT 2019 - 27 OCT 2019

Through The Lens

A month-long visual festival celebrating the best in news photography, organised by The Straits Times

Stamford Gallery and The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition12 SEP 2019 - 30 SEP 2019

Dynamic Beauty in Science

Dynamic Beauty in Science offers an appreciation of how cells move, divide and interact with one another. The video sequences presented were created through microscopy techniques such as live-cell imaging and 3D imaging which enable scientists to gain a deeper understanding of the complex organisation and dynamic processes within cells and tissues.

LED Wall, opposite The Salon on level 1, 10am - 7pm