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Get Curious about Treasured Items and Food

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C. Get Curious about Treasured Items

Young Cinema 
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays | 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 6pm
Hari Raya Special: 5 Jun | 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 6pm
The Salon, Level 1 | Free | Age 6+

What does a simple brown suitcase mean to you? The National Museum’s Young Cinema programme returns for another edition, this time featuring a selection of animated short films about the meaningful stories to be found in treasured objects and landscapes. Come enjoy the films with your family and relax on our cosy beanbags together!

Featured films include:

  1. Curry Fish Head (2014) [1-2 June]: Follow the story of a girl in an ever-changing landscape of Singapore from the late 1960s to present day.

  2. The Violin (2015): A young boy receives an old violin as a gift from a foreign trader. Throughout the film, the violin graces the different stages of Singapore – both figuratively and literally – as we see a young nation’s landscape evolve from the bustling 1930s to the dark days of the Japanese Occupation, followed by the sweeping political changes that lead to its independence and finally, to present day.

  3. Erhu (2019): This 5-min short film takes viewers back to the days of colonial Singapore in the mid-1800s, when emigrants arrived in droves after Singapore became a free port. The story follows the life of a Chinese coolie and erhu player, and how his beloved instrument saved his life after an ill-fated accident.

  4. One Small Step (2018): This is the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

  5. Negative Space (2017): Even though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.

  6. Lost & Found (2018): A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.

Young Cinema 2019 is co-curated by NMS and Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).


Tailor Shop pics
My Tailor Shop by Amazing Art Shuttle

2 & 22 Jun | 3.30pm (1 hr) 
Modern Colony Gallery, Level 2 | $10 per parent-child pair | Age 4 – 8

Imagine that you are a tailor in the 1920s, who is tasked with designing an exciting costume for a VIP. What would your costume look like? Learn about the fashion influences and trends of the 1920s through an interactive tour of the Modern Colony gallery, and create your own unique paper outfit after!

Limited to 15 parent-child pairs.
Visit tailorshopcs2019.peatix.com to register.


Toy maker
Toymaker: Make Your Own Wind-Up Space Shuttle by Amazing Art Shuttle [SOLD OUT]
8 Jun | 3.30pm (1 hr)
Growing Up Gallery, Level 2 | $10 per parent-child pair | Age 4 – 8

What were some popular children’s games in the 1960s? Join us for an interactive tour of the Growing Up gallery, followed by a craft activity using everyday objects to create and design your very own wind-up toy!

Limited to 15 parent-child pairs.
Visit toymakercs2019.peatix.com to register.

Intergenerational Art Jamming
Intergenerational Art Jamming with Sketch Journal Artist Tham Pui San
9 & 29 Jun [CANCELLED] | 3.30pm (2 hrs)
Meeting Point: Outside Singapore History Gallery, Level 1 | Up to $15 per adult-child pair | Age 7+

Calling all grandparents/parents and children! Do you remember the days of barbers in back lanes and road-side communal satay-eating? Join sketch journal artist Tham Pui San as he brings you through our Singapore History Gallery and Moving Memories installation to share stories about life in old Singapore, and guides you on the techniques and skills of using oil pastels as a medium in painting.

Limited to 15 families at $8 per grandparent-child pair or $15 per parent-child pair and $5 per additional adult. Visit artjammingcs2019.peatix.com to register.
This programme is presented in collaboration with ACE Seniors.

Family Corner

D. Get Curious about Food

Special Exhibition: Packaging Matters: Singapore’s Food Packaging Story from the Early 20th Century
6 Apr – 15 Sep | Stamford Gallery, Level 1
Free Admission

While at the museum, visit our new special exhibition on Singapore’s food packaging story, which features engaging interactives catering to intergenerational families and young audiences. A children’s activity booklet can also be picked up in the gallery; for sustainability, we encourage you to download it online here.

  • Main Gallery: Discover Singapore’s early bottling and canning factories, places where food is packaged and sold, and learn about our local food brands. Plus, guess the packaging materials in our four “feely” boxes!

  • Family Corner: Explore food packaging materials through puzzles and be inspired by recycled crafts created by artists together with seniors from the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA)! Design your own futuristic food packaging and display it for all to see!

  • Sustainability Section: Learn about reusable food containers, cleaning activities by environmental groups, and ways to reduce packaging. Try to sort the “rubbish” into the recycling bins!

Timmy Tammy Hawker Food

Timmy & Tammy Discover Singapore Hawker Food – Storytelling by author Lianne Ong

Hari Raya Special: 5 Jun | 11am (1 hr)
15 Jun | 2pm & 3.30pm (30 min)
Stamford Gallery, Level 1 | Free | Age 4 – 8

Listen to stories from Timmy & Tammy Discover: Singapore Hawker Food by local author Lianne Ong and discover various ways of packaging hawker food, explore real samples of herbs and spices, and have fun with rhyming songs!

As part of Hari Raya celebrations, children attending the 5 June session will get to create and bring home a simple ketupat-inspired woven “mat”!

5 June: The session is limited to 20 children on a first come, first served basis. On-site registration starts 30 mins prior to the programme outside Stamford Gallery.
15 June: No registration required.

About the Storyteller
Lianne Ong is a children’s author from Singapore. She is best known for her Stacey & the Museums series about museums in Singapore. Stacey Goes to the National Museum and Stacey Goes to the Peranakan Museum received the Second Prize award at the Samsung KidsTime Authors’ Awards 2015. Her new series, A Place for Us, is a six-title picture book series about special needs and will be released in 2019. For more information, visit www.lianneong.sg.

Brands bottle

Drop-in Craft Activity: Make your own Silhouette Jars!
15 Jun | 11am - 1pm, 2pm - 4pm
Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement Level | Free | Age 4+

No registration required. While stocks last. Glass bottles are generously supported by BRAND'S® Essence of Chicken.



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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