03 Apr 2021 - 03 Oct 2021
Various Venues
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Join us for a series of Home, Truly programmes to relieve nostalgic moments and experiences in Singapore’s past and present that express our identity and collective memory as a people. 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.
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Youth Special

Explore the museum and its special exhibitions through a weekend of programmes, presented by the NMS Youth Panel for youth (and the young at heart). Try a self-facilitated Telegram delivery hunt, hear from inspiring local creators at our bazaar, or share your stories and watch them play out on stage through playback theatre.

These programmes are presented in conjunction with the special exhibitions Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present and Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore which close on 3 and 17 October 2021 respectively.

About the Youth Panel
An initiative by the National Museum of Singapore, the NMS Youth Panel is a group of like-minded youth interested in history, heritage, and sharing their love for the museum with the wider youth community.

Delivery Dash
25 – 26 Sep | 11am – 4pm
Registration counter at Glass Atrium, Level 2

In this self-facilitated gallery hunt, you take on the role of a delivery driver tasked to find three mysterious customers in the museum. Explore the galleries, solve puzzles and complete tasks to deliver the orders to your elusive customers! A special souvenir awaits when you complete the game (while stocks last).

You will require an Internet-enabled mobile phone with the Telegram app installed to participate.

Pre-registration is required to secure your slot; walk-ins are subject to availability. Play solo or in teams of up to 5 pax.

To pre-register your slot on 25th September, visit
To pre-register your slot on 26th September, visit

youth special theatre
Between You and Me
25 Sep | 2pm – 4pm | The Salon, Level 1
$25 per ticket (special price of $20 per pax for youth aged 18-25)

Unlike a conventional theatre show, playback theatre is improvisational and draws on the audience’s experiences, moments, and feelings. Stories shared are transformed spontaneously into the stage performance, using elements of movement, dialogue, cloth, and music.

This special performance is presented by Tapestry Playback Theatre and inspired by the themes of the museum’s special exhibitions. Join us in a community dialogue about intercultural relationships during the pandemic. We invite you to share your stories, listen deeply to what others bring, and watch as the actors honour your stories!

Limited capacity; registration is required. Visit to purchase a ticket.

About Tapestry Playback Theatre
Tapestry Playback Theatre is a non-profit community theatre company that bases its transformative work on the Playback Theatre form. Our vision since 2002 has been to create safe spaces for personal stories and community dialogue.

As part of a global movement and community that spans over 60 countries around the world, Tapestry conducts workshops, performances, and projects. Local collaborations have been with organizations like Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore International Foundation, Singapore Red Cross, Dementia Singapore, and Singapore Kindness Movement.

Photo is courtesy of Tapestry Playback Theatre and was taken before COVID-19.
Sun, 26 Sep | 10.30am – 4pm
Gallery Theatre, Basement Level

The pandemic has been a trying time for Singapore, and while some businesses have been hard hit, others have found opportunities or the courage to make a change. This bazaar celebrates our local creators and the passion projects that have grown in spite of, or because of, adversity.

Enjoy a laid-back Sunday afternoon discovering local businesses, old and new, find out more about their stories, and support our creators by bringing home a handmade product!

Admission is free. There will be a queue system to enter the bazaar for crowd management purposes. Handmade products are available for sale.

*Photo taken before COVID-19.
Our visitors Mr Toh Ah Hock and Mdm Wee Pek Ling using the smart cane at the Home, Truly exhibition.

Programmes for Visitors with Special Needs

The Museum also offers a range of Home, Truly programmes that are suitable for our visitors with special needs and visual impairment.

Smart Cane Experience
Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings

Try our pilot “Smart Cane” to experience a customised descriptive audio tour of our Home, Truly exhibition. These white canes are attached to a wheel or a regular ball tip, and are paired with a web application that also provides navigational instructions.

Transport to and from the museum will be provided for visually-impaired participants (and their care partners) who sign up for the Smart Cane experience. The Museum’s volunteers will also be present to support participants who have made a booking.

This experience is jointly developed with Nanyang Polytechnic and Guide Dogs Singapore, and supported by Temasek Foundation Cares.

The Smart Cane experience is only for visitors with visual impairments and their care partners. Interested visitors may make a booking via this link: Alternatively, visitors can email the National Museum at

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What Makes Singapore Home? – A Home, Truly experience for the special needs community
2 & 3 Oct | 10.30am – 12pm & 2.30 – 4pm
$10 deposit per family (up to 4 pax), refundable after the session
Meeting point: Outside the Home, Truly exhibition, Basement Level

Join us on this tour experience designed by Superhero Me where you'll learn about our people, housing, food, and environment through sensory activities. At the end of the journey, you will get to create a poster to pledge for a better future!

Things to Know:

Recommended for families with children with special needs aged 7 and up.

What Makes Singapore Home? is an accessible programme for individuals with special needs to enjoy the Home, Truly exhibition through a mindfully created experience. This programme is organised by Superhero Me and the National Museum of Singapore, and is enabled by Temasek Foundation.

Yours Truly performance

Yours, Truly Performance
18 Sep (Sat) | 9 – 9.45am
Home, Truly Exhibition, Basement Level
$15 per pax

Follow long time best friends Shan Shan and Hadi and relive our fond memories of living in Singapore together in our special 45-minute guided promenade performance specially curated for visitors with visual impairment.

To register, visit now!

Curator tour and Human Libraries

More Programmes

Curator Tour of Home, Truly and Sharing by Human Libraries
11 Sep (Sat) | 7 – 8.30pm
Facebook Livestream

Join our curator, on a virtual tour of Home, Truly as she gives you special insight into the objects on display, and a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibition came together. Also, hear first-hand from individuals (Mr Albel Singh and Ms Choo Chwee Hua) that contributed fascinating stories and personal photographs to the exhibition!

This programme is held in conjunction with the exhibition Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present, which will run at the National Museum of Singapore till 3 October 2021.

Biography of Human Libraries
Mr Albel Singh was part of the pioneering batch of full-time national servicemen who was enlisted in 1967. He would continue to serve in the Singapore Armed Forces for 32 years before his retirement as a Lieutenant-Colonel.

Ms Choo Chwee Hua was a former Singapore Press Holdings photojournalist that covered the crash of SilkAir flight MI 185 on 19 December 1997.

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Coffee Appreciation LSOH

A Lighter Side of History: Coffee Beans for the Soul – Coffee Appreciation and Painting Workshop
*Postponed till further notice. Stay tuned to our social channels for updates. 

What is the difference between specialty coffee and your daily cup of kopi-o-siew-dai? Have you ever wondered what is the difference between Robusta and Arabica beans? Join us for a fun afternoon to hear, smell and lim kopi (drink coffee) with your family and friends, as the founder of Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee unravels the history of coffee in Singapore!

With the aroma of coffee still wafting in the air, relax and express your creativity by doing coffee painting facilitated by Khoo Shu Hui, a coffee artist.

This programme is suitable for all participants from ages 13 and above. Price includes the coffee appreciation workshop, sampling of small cups of coffee, 2 boxes of Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee drip bags and your very own coffee painting. Stay tuned to our social channels for the registration link.

This programme is held in conjunction with the exhibition Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present.

Biography of Facilitators

Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee was established in 2014 in Queenstown with the aim of bringing better coffee to all. They currently carry more than 15 coffees from different origins (countries/farms) to meet the wide preferences of their customers. They also hold occasional workshops and classes to share their knowledge about coffee beans and machines with the public.

Khoo Shu Hui
Khoo Shu Hui is an art educator who enjoys sharing her passion for art by teaching in primary and secondary schools. She has also run art workshops at Singapore General Hospital, People’s Association and National Library Board. Her work was exhibited at the Youth Sparkle art exhibition held at Singapore Chambers of Commerce.

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!