Past Programmes

Past Programmes

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Programme20 JUL 2020 - 13 AUG 2020

National Day Celebrations with the National Museum

Join us this August to make your celebration of Singapore’s 55th birthday a special one! There will be a variety of programmes for you to celebrate National Day either from the comforts of your home or at the museum.

National Museum of Singapore, Various Timings
Free Admission
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Programme01 AUG 2020 - 09 AUG 2020

Zoom into History

If artefacts could speak, what would they say? And if you could talk to them, what would you ask?

Online, 3pm & 3.30pm
Free
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Programme20 JUN 2020 - 27 JUN 2020

Celebrating Singapore Heritage Festival with the National Museum

In conjunction with this year’s Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF), the National Museum will be presenting a series of programmes celebrating our heritage, traditions as well as inter-generational stories of local businesses. Viewers can look forward to online talks on Singapore’s food heritage, and stand a chance to savour the local dishes featured.

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Programme18 MAY 2020 - 07 JUN 2020

Celebrate International Museum Day with the National Museum!

This year, the National Museum of Singapore presents a series of programmes in commemoration of International Museum Day (IMD), designed around the theme “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”!

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Programme09 APR 2020

HistoriaSG: Inside the Japanese Administration of Wartime Singapore [CANCELLED]

To the people of Singapore, the Japanese administration that governed the city during World War Two was arbitrary and cruel. Many local residents, as they did their best to endure the occupation, gave up trying to understand the contradictory messages of the administration. Now, almost eight decades later, the many Japanese documents that survived the occupation allow us a glimpse into the inner workings of the wartime administration.

Gallery Theatre, Basement Level, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
$5 per participant
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Programme21 SEP 2019 - 29 MAR 2020

An Old New World Programmes

There's something for everyone in this exciting line-up of programmes! Celebrate important occasions with us, hear from our curators and speakers about interesting topics related to the exhibition, An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s-1819 and participate in programmes specially designed for youth, families and children.

11am - 6pm
Free
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Programme05 MAR 2020

HistoriaSG: Shakespeare & Singapore, 1900−1975

This talk by Research Fellow Dr Emily Soon explores the Shakespearean threads within Singapore’s multicultural history, tracing how people in Singapore engaged with Shakespeare as the island transitioned from being a British colony to an independent Southeast Asian state.

The Salon, Level 1, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
$5 per participant [FULLY SUBSCRIBED]
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Programme27 JAN 2020

A Lighter Side of History: Symbols and Practices of a Uniquely Singaporean Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is observed around the world, but what are some practices that are unique to Singapore? Hear from Frank Fu – the author and illustrator of Let’s Celebrate (大家来过节), a series of light-hearted books about festivals in Singapore – as he shares his thoughts on practices unique to Singapore such as lo hei (the practice of tossing raw fish salad).

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm – 3.30pm
$10 per participant
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Programme21 DEC 2019

Christmas Celebrations at the National Museum

'Tis the season to be jolly!
It's beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas! Enjoy a cosy day out at the National Museum with your family and friends, with carolling, talks, workshops, storytelling sessions and more!

Various Venues, 10am–5pm
Free Admission
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Programme25 NOV 2019 - 01 DEC 2019

30th Singapore International Film Festival at the National Museum


The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a dynamic line-up of films and programmes this year.

Gallery Theatre, Basement Level and The Salon, Level 1, Various Timings
Ticketing charges apply
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Programme23 NOV 2019

Grandparents' Day 2019

Join us for a full day of family programmes as we celebrate Grandparents' Day! With performances, film screenings, character tours, inter-generational workshops and more, there are many exciting ways for children and grandparents alike to discover Singapore's rich history together.

Various Venues, 10am – 5pm
Free Admission
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Programme11 JUL 2019 - 02 NOV 2019

GosTan Back - A Time-travelling Adventure on Wheels by MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions

GosTan Back is a story about a young boy who gets the chance to save the future by going back in time. Young audiences will experience our local history and artefacts in this interactive theatrical journey through the National Museum’s Singapore History Gallery, which features storytelling and a whole lot of hands-on fun!

Various Venues, Various timings
$10 per ticket for each pair of parent and child.
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Programme26 OCT 2019

NMS: Nightfall - An Interactive Experience for Youth

Join us at the National Museum’s first ever after-hours youth event, organised by our inaugural Youth Panel! Enjoy a night at the museum as you embark on a thrilling journey through our latest exhibition, An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819, collecting clues and completing tasks to win prizes. Or chill out at our marketplace with light bites, good music, and some late-night shopping!

Various Venues, 7.30pm – Midnight
Free Admission
Deepavali Celebrations
Programme19 OCT 2019

Deepavali 2019

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with us at the National Museum of Singapore!

Various Venues, 11am – 5pm
Free Admission
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Programme12 OCT 2019 - 13 OCT 2019

National Museum’s 132nd Anniversary Celebrations

Head over to the National Museum on 12 & 13 October and celebrate our 132nd birthday with us from 11am to 6pm.
Be transported back to the sights, sounds and smells of an old port city!

Various Venues, 11am - 6pm
Free Admission
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Programme06 APR 2019 - 15 SEP 2019

Packaging Matters Programmes

Join us for an exciting line-up of programmes!

Various Venues, Various Times
Free Admission
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Programme17 AUG 2019

HistoriaSG: Will Pragmatism Undermine Singapore’s National Identity?

Will Pragmatism Undermine Singapore’s National Identity?

The Salon, Level 1, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
$5 per ticket includes light refreshments.
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Programme09 AUG 2019 - 10 AUG 2019

National Day Open House

Celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday with us at the National Museum of Singapore over the long weekend! Come dressed in your best red-and-white outfit and join us for two days of fun activities featuring Singapore’s icons, exciting performances and art installations, plus a live screening of the National Day Parade at the NMS front lawn on the 9th!

Various Venues, 10am - 9pm (9 Aug) & 10am - 7pm (10 Aug)
Free Admission
Singapore Noodles
Programme03 AUG 2019

Singapore Noodles: “A Cross-Cultural Mutated Freak of Nature”?

This special edition of Singapore and the World explores one of the most ubiquitous dishes served across the world today. The Singapore Noodles!

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm – 3pm
$5 per ticket includes light refreshments.
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Programme19 JAN 2018 - 31 JUL 2019

Singapore Rhapsodies at National Museum

Singapore Rhapsodies at National Museum is a bi-weekly music series that invites aspiring young musicians, students and music interest groups to showcase original self-compositions or popular Singapore songs on a unique Red Steinway concert grand piano.

The Platform, Level 2, Various Timings
Free admission
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Programme27 JUL 2019 - 28 JUL 2019

HistoriaSG

Learn more about the process of creating the 50-volume Singapore Chronicles series or about the Armenians in Singapore in our July edition of HistoriaSG.

The Salon, Level 1, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
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Programme01 JUN 2019 - 30 JUN 2019

Children's Special 2019

This June, Children's Special celebrates the launch of our special publication for families, Get Curious! – The Official Interactive Family Guide to the National Museum of Singapore. Discover four magical story worlds at our basement level, and join fun programmes to satiate your curiosity about people, plants and animals, treasured items, and food!

Various Venues, 10am - 6.30pm
Free Admission
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Programme22 JUN 2019

Hari Raya Celebrations at the National Museum

Come visit us for a festive day out at our Hari Raya Open House on 22 June!

Various Spaces, 11am - 5pm
Free Admission
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Programme08 JUN 2019

Lighter Side of History - It Takes All Types: A Special Talk by Singapore Red Cross [CANCELLED]

Commemorate World Blood Donor Day in June by attending an interactive programme conducted by Singapore Red Cross (SRC), and find out how you can make a difference!

Gallery 10, 2pm
Free Admission
IMD
Programme18 MAY 2019

International Museum Day 2019

Join us as we celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) and find out more about the past and future of museums, in line with this year's IMD theme - Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Traditions. Attend a HistoriaSG talk to learn about the development of early natural history in Singapore through the story of the Malayan Tapir!

Various Venues, 11am - 5pm
Free Admission
Family Fun
Programme06 APR 2019 - 07 APR 2019

Packaging Matters Opening Weekend Special!

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of activities to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, as part of the Singapore Heritage Festival!

Various Venues, 11am - 6pm
Free Admission
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Programme12 MAR 2019 - 31 MAR 2019

Polaroid Closing Month Special

Catch our special exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology before it ends 31 March! Complement your visit with a host of exciting programmes. Click to find out more!

Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement Level, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission at various timings
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Programme17 NOV 2018 - 31 MAR 2019

In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology - Programmes

Join us at the National Museum this November for a line-up of exciting programmes! Complement your visit to our new exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology with a cyanotype workshop and an exclusive curator’s tour.

Various Venues - See Programme details for more information, Various Timings
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Programme22 FEB 2019

HistoriaSG - February 2019

Learn more about the dark history of comfort women during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in our February edition of HistoriaSG.

The Salon, Level 1, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
$5 per pax
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Programme09 FEB 2019

Lunar New Year Celebrations at NMS

Join us in celebrating Lunar New Year with your friends and family at the National Museum! Enjoy a lion dance performance, or learn more about traditional Chinese puppet theatre and watch a live demonstration in our
special edition of A Lighter Side of History. You can also create a special festive keepsake at our drop-in craft stations, and enjoy a live music performance of Lunar New Year tunes.

Various Venues, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission
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Programme19 JAN 2019 - 26 JAN 2019

Digital Talks: Open Call 2018

The DigiMuse programme is an initiative by the National Museum of Singapore that seeks to build a vibrant cultural sector, as well as engage with the wider technology industry to encourage creative experimentation in cultural spaces.

Various Venues, Various Times
Free Admission
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Programme17 JAN 2019

DigiMuse Connects

The DigiMuse programme is an initiative by the National Museum of Singapore that seeks to build a vibrant cultural sector, as well as engage with the wider technology industry to encourage creative experimentation in cultural spaces.

The Canyon, Basement Level, 6pm - 9pm
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Programme01 DEC 2018

A Lighter Side Of History - Eurasian Christmas

This December, learn more about Eurasian food culture and get a chance to taste delicious home-cooked Eurasian dishes in A Lighter Side of History!

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm - 3pm
$15 per pax
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Programme03 NOV 2018

A Lighter Side of History: The Art of the Rangoli

Join us at the National Museum this November for a line-up of exciting programmes! Find out more about the art of rangoli and learn how to make your own in the Deepavali special of A Lighter Side of History.

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm - 3pm
$10 per pax
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Programme13 OCT 2018 - 14 OCT 2018

NMS 131st Anniversary Celebrations

This October, celebrate the 131st birthday of one of Singapore's beloved and iconic cultural institutions!

Various Venues, 11am - 5pm
Free Admission
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Programme12 MAY 2018 - 30 SEP 2018

The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 – 2030 Programmes

Join us with your family and friends for this exciting line-up of programmes that has been organised specially for the exhibition, The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 – 2030.

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
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Programme22 SEP 2018

Historia SG: At Home in Singapore

Singapore is a country that is grounded in migration. How have we as individuals—or the generations before us—made it home?

Gallery Theatre, Basement Level, 2pm - 3pm
Free Admission
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Programme26 MAY 2018 - 13 SEP 2018

Children's Season 2018

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 - 2030, this year's Children's Season at the National Museum invites young visitors to explore different types of play experience at the museum. Families can look forward to a fun line-up of interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, storytelling sessions, family workshops, engaging performances, and more!

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
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Programme01 SEP 2018

My Family Weekend

Join us on 1 September for My Family Weekend, and enjoy performances, workshops, storytelling and craft activities with your family! From the young to the young at heart, there's something for everyone.

Various Venues, 10am - 7pm
Payment applicable for pre-registered programmes, free entry for walk-in activities
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Programme01 SEP 2018

Singapore and the World

In this talk, Stefan Huebner will discuss the Asian Games’ origins and heritage from its YMCA-founded predecessors of the 1910s – 1930s to the precursor of this year's edition, the 1962 Fourth Asian Games in Jakarta.

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm - 3pm
Free Admisson
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Programme25 AUG 2018

A Lighter Side of History: Unsheathed! The Mystery of the Keris in the Malay Archipelago

Spend a meaningful Saturday afternoon with us at the National Museum this August as we bring you talks on an impressive aerial survey of 100 playgrounds across Singapore, and keris, the beautiful but often misunderstood cultural artefact.

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm - 3pm
Free Admission
Digimuse, Conference
Programme23 AUG 2018

Digital Conversations: Open Call 2018

Digital Conversations: Open Call 2018 is the latest edition of the National Museum's DigiMuse series of talks. Based on the projects to be showcased at DigiMuse Presents, local and international speakers will share their journey and experiences in developing their projects with museums and cultural institutions.

The Salon, Level 1, 10am - 5pm
Free Admission