The front block of the museum building dates back to 1887. It features an elegant neo-Palladian design, a European style of architecture characterised by a highly symmetrical façade and the use of pediments above windows.
1.30pm – 3.30pm | The Salon
Learn about traditional Indian dance forms in this highly experiential
workshop, and discover how dance provides opportunities for people with
diverse abilities to express their creativity.
You will also get to try out the dance steps with the guidance of
professional trainers and watch a unique Deepavali performance by the
talented dancers from the Diverse Abilities Dance Collective (DADC).
Register now at https://nmsdancewme.peatix.com/.
DADC is a community initiative established in June 2018 to create a co-
existing space for persons with disabilities and art-makers. There are
currently 15 members in the team which includes both professionals and
persons with disabilities.
DADC is co-founded by Kavitha Krishnan, Artistic Director and
Choreographer of social enterprise, Apsara Asia Pte Ltd and Imran
Manaff, the Creative Producer from Maya Dance Theatre (MDT).
About the facilitators
Since 2007, MDT has made its unique presence felt in the Singapore
dance scene with its distinctive expression rooted in the visceral nature of
the human spirit. Its creations of interdisciplinary dance theatre using a
hybrid language steeped in Asian dances, primarily Bharathanatyam and
contemporary dance, shed light on pressing social issues. Its
collaborations with multi-national artists tell social stories with diverse
perspectives, making the works relevant across borders.
Apsara Asia Pte Ltd is a social enterprise that harnesses the arts to impart
life skills and provide opportunities to both youths and persons with
diverse abilities to fulfil their dream of being an ‘artist’ through their
With more than 15 years of experience in teaching and designing
programmes for both learning institutions and special schools, they also
train and employ persons with diverse abilities within the arts industry.
Photo courtesy of MDT and DADC
10.30am – 11.15am | The Salon
$15/parent – child pair
Join us for a dance storytelling about magical music instruments and
mythical stories of Indian mythology. Learn about movement, hand
gestures used in Odissi (one of the many ancient Indian classical dance
forms) and create your own magical paper instrument, inspired by the
artefacts at the National Museum of Singapore.
Register now at https://nmsdancestorytelling.peatix.com/.
About the facilitator
Exploring the Odissi Spirit is a dance collective of Odissi dancers based in
Singapore. Co-founded and led by Soumee De, ETHOS enables
appreciation of Odissi, one of the ancient Indian classical dance forms,
across all ages, race, borders, gender and boundaries.
Soumee is a
dancer, choreographer and teacher who is currently teaching Odissi at
Apsaras Arts Academy and runs children's workshops at The Artground.
Ethos facilitators have recently designed and delivered workshops for
young audiences at The Artground, Indian Heritage Centre, NCPA
Mumbai, Indian Performing Arts Convention and Temple of Fine Arts.
This programme is suitable for children aged 4 and above. Limited spaces
available. Each ticket entitles one pair of parent/grandparent and child to a set of
Photo courtesy of Ethos
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.
Join us for an afternoon of relaxing activities at the museum. We invite you to slow down, be in the present moment and enjoy the activities
that are inspired by our artefacts and stories.
Travel through time and through scenes of Singapore, both past and present, featuring Yew Chong’s life-sized murals.