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Celebrate International Museum Day with the National Museum!

18 May 2020 - 07 Jun 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 May – 7 June 

**The Online Scavenger Hunt is now over! Thank you for your participation. Winners will be notified by email before 12 June 2020.

Explore our digital platforms and learn more about Singapore’s diverse performing arts and the different forms unique 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.

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.

Seniors Zoom HT

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. Sign up to play in teams of two!

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.

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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