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Celebrate International Museum Day with the National Museum!

18 May 2020 - 31 May 2020

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”!

From the comfort of your home, learn more about the design of inclusive spaces in a talk by Lekker Architects, the designer of the museum’s own Quiet Room. Try your hand at making your own performer puppets using materials found at home, or listen to a fascinating conversation between an Ustaz (religious leader) and Frank Foo, the author of a book series about festivals in Singapore, on the significance of Ramadan. Plus, learn more about Singapore’s cultures through a fun online scavenger hunt and stand a chance to win Food for Thought e-vouchers!

Scavenger Hunt

Online Scavenger Hunt
18 – 31 May

Explore our digital platforms and learn more about Singapore’s diverse performing arts and the different forms unique rel="noopener noreferrer" to our ethnic groups. Click here to access the scavenger hunt form and start “hunting”! The first 100 completed entries with all correct answers will win a Food for Thought e-voucher*.

*E-vouchers are supported by Food for Thought and limited to 1 voucher per valid email address. Terms and conditions apply.


A Lighter Side of History: Understanding Ramadan
Tue, 19 May | 6.30pm

In this interactive session, join our speakers as they unravel the significance of Ramadan, why Muslims fast and the memories associated with this holy month.

Performer Puppet

DIY Craft: Performer Puppets
Video and template available from 20 May

Try out this fun craft activity with your little ones! Download the template here and watch the video on how you can create your own performer puppets using materials that you can find at home.

Quiet Room

Designing for Inclusivity and the NMS Quiet Room
Fri, 22 May | 3pm

The Quiet Room is a key initiative by the National Museum to support children with additional needs in visiting the museum. In this talk, Lekker Architects will share their inspirations and approaches in designing the Quiet Room and other spaces for persons with additional needs. Come learn about the features of the Quiet Room through photographs and concept drawings, and gain insights into the challenges and considerations of inclusive design.

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!