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Get Curious about People, Plants and Animals

Character Tours

A. Get Curious about People

Character Tours
Saturdays & Sundays | 30 min per session (Refer to schedule below) | Free with museum admission ticket | Age 5 – 10

Follow a policeman, amah and mama shop owner as they take you back in time to discover stories behind their treasured objects.
The route is a secret, but each of them has enthralling stories to tell.

No registration required. Please refer to performance schedule below.
As the tours involve walking through the galleries, participants have to obtain their own gallery admission stickers at the Visitor Services counter on level 1 before proceeding to the meeting point.

Character Character Tour Schedule
Policeman (Meeting Point: Outside exit of
Singapore History Gallery, Level 1)
 Sat, 1 June  Sat, 8 June  Sat, 22 June  Sat, 29 June

2pm & 4pm

2pm & 3.30pm  2pm 
Amah (Meeting Point: 
Outside Modern Colony Gallery, Level 2)
 Sun, 2 June  Sun, 9 June  Sun, 16 June  Sun, 30 June




2pm & 3.30pm
Mama Shop Owner 
(Meeting Point: Outside 
Growing Up Gallery, Level 2)
 Sat, 1 June  Sun, 2 June  Sat, 15 June  Sun, 23 June Sat, 29 June 


 3.30pm 2pm & 3.30pm

Majie Ah Di's Letter

Majie Ah Di’s Letter (妈姐阿娣的信) by The Learning Connections

1 & 23 Jun | 3pm (45 min) | Gallery Theatre, Basement Level | $10 per child | Age 4 – 7

Follow the journey of Ah Di, a young girl who leaves her hometown in China and comes to Singapore to work in order to support her family. Ah Di finds work as a majie in the home of a wealthy family, and works diligently every day from dawn to dusk until one day, something happens that makes Ah Di very sad. Feeling homesick and missing her family back home, she seeks the help of a letter-writer in Chinatown. What’s in her letter?

This interactive drama performance is conducted in Mandarin. Limited to 40 children per show at $10 per child (accompanying adults FOC).
To ensure every child has an unblocked view and can engage fully with the performers, parents will be seated at the back.
Visit majieahdics2019.peatix.com to register.

Gostan back

GosTan Back: A Time-travelling Adventure on Wheels by MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions [SOLD OUT]

13 Jun & 27 Jun [SOLD OUT] | 10.30am (1.5 hrs) | The Canyon, Basement Level 
20 Jun [SOLD OUT]9.30am (1.5 hrs) | The Canyon, Basement Level 
15 Jun [SOLD OUT] & 22 Jun [SOLD OUT]| 10.30am (1.5 hrs) | The Platform, Level 2
$10 per pair of parent and child | Age 4 – 8

This popular interactive theatrical journey is returning for a third run! Experience Singapore’s history and artefacts in our Singapore History Gallery with Xiao Ming, a young boy who gets the chance to save the future by going back in time. How will he fix his broken time machine? Young audiences can look forward to storytelling and a whole lot of hands-on fun!

This production is designed to support children with additional needs and their families to experience the museum. Families with typically developing children are also welcome to register for the programme.

Limited to 10 parent-child pairs per session. Visit gostanbackcs2019.peatix.com to register.

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B. Get Curious about Plants and Animals

Sensory Playdate by Home Play Singapore [ALL DATES SOLD OUT]
5, 16 & 30 Jun | 10.30am & 2.30pm (1.5 hrs per session) | Meeting point: Outside Goh Seng Choo Gallery, Level 2 | $20 per child | Age 1.5 – 8

Join us for a fun family bonding session through sensory play at our Magic & Menace exhibition! Start the session with a short self-guided tour of the gallery to discover the plants and animals of 19th-century Malay Peninsula. Then visit seven activity stations to search for insects and feed "birds" at the sensory trays, create your own play dough collage with nature materials, paint with a "durian", build a bird’s nest, hunt for eggs, and make your own bird toy to bring home!

Limited to 30 children per session at $20 per child and $15 for each additional sibling (adults FOC).  Each child must be accompanied by a parent. Visit sensoryplaydatecs2019.peatix.com to register.

Art Therapy workshop

Art as Therapy Workshop: Market Day Memories [SOLD OUT]
20 Jun | 10am (1.5hrs) | Perform Room, Level 3 | $10 per grandparent-child pair | For grandchildren aged 612 and grandparents

Take a trip down memory lane to your favourite wet market. Be inspired and activate your senses through images of spices and vegetables and samples of fresh local produce. Using Noris Club oil pastels and watercolours, create artworks that bring to life memories of growing up in Singapore and going to the market!

Limited to six grandparent-grandchild pairs. Visit https://artworkshopcs2019.peatix.com to register.
Art as Therapy Workshops are brought to you in collaboration with Kelly Reedy from ArtWorks and STAEDTLER. Inspired by Singapore's flora and fauna as documented in the National Museum's William Farquhar Collection of National History Drawings, each hands-on therapeutic art-making workshop aims to cultivate wellbeing and connect participants to the natural world and each other.

About the Artist

Kelly Reedy (MA, AThR, MA Ed, BFA) has worked in Singapore for over 20 years as an artist, educator, and art therapist. Her experience in the field of education includes teaching studio practice to MA art therapy students at LASALLE College of the Arts and training art teachers at the National Institute of Education. As an art therapist she has worked with youth-at-risk, older adults experiencing dementia and Alzheimer’s, children with special needs and caregivers. In 2017 Kelly founded ArtWorks, an arts-based consultancy. By combining her expertise in art therapy, fine art and education, she assists her clients in exploring how art can heal, give pleasure and teach them more about themselves. For more information please visit: www.artworks.sg.

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!

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