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.
LKY 100: Life and Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)
Till 31 December 2023
This year makes the 100th anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's birth. To commemorate our Founding Prime Minister's life and contributions to Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore and the Founders’ Memorial have launched a digital trail spanning the Semangat yang Baru: Forging a New Singapore Spirit exhibition and the post-war Singapore section of the Singapore History Gallery.
Visitors are invited to embark on a digital trail to find out more about Mr Lee’s legacy, the values he embodied in his life and career, and how his ideas and actions shaped the path of our nation. Upon completing the trail, visitors can redeem a gift from the vending machine at the Singapore History Gallery exit on Level 1. The gift is inspired by Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s iconic red box.
Click here to access the digital trail
LKY100: The Life and Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015) film by Royston Tan
Daily from 21 July – 31 December 2023, 10am – 7pm,
Singapore History Gallery (concluding section)
In commemoration of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s 100th birth anniversary, the National Museum of Singapore has commissioned a new short film, LKY100: The Life and Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015), by local filmmaker Royston Tan that honours Singapore’s founding prime minister and his enduring contribution to the country.
The film, which runs at approximately 5 minutes, will be presented in the concluding section of the museum’s Singapore History Gallery and featured in a digital trail. It features the late Mr Lee sharing a special message created from a collage of key speeches across his storied career. The film poignantly depicts Mr Lee’s speeches over the years in tandem with the nation’s transformation into the modern and metropolitan city that it is today. The selection of speeches has been taken primarily from Mr Lee’s National Day Rally speeches.
National Day façade light-up
Daily from 21 July – 9 August 2023, 7.30pm – 12 midnight
In the weeks leading up to National Day, the National Museum building will come alive with a special facade light-up. This year’s light-up will feature snippets of the commissioned short film, inviting visitors to reflect on the life and values of Mr Lee, the colours and symbols of Singapore, and the National Day theme of “Onward As One”.
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.
In celebration of the nation’s 58th birthday, the National Museum of Singapore will house two new pop-up rooms that will complement the ongoing NMS Disco Room and offer visitors a glimpse into some of the popular sights around Singapore in the 1980s.
Explore Singapore as a traveller's home away from home with our special programmes organised in conjunction with Now Boarding exhibition.
Hop aboard the National Museum of Singapore’s ‘flight’ to discover Singapore through a travel-themed exhibition that traces the evolution of Singapore’s identity as a popular travel destination, through the eyes of those who arrived at our shores from the past to the present.
Explore the new spirit of Singapore, past and present, and take part in conversations that will help shape the Founder's Memorial!