May Prog
May Prog

An A-May-zing Month at the Museum!

08 May 2021 - 22 May 2021
Various Venues
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
May your month be filled with exciting plans! In conjunction with this year’s Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF), International Museum Day (IMD) and Hari Raya celebrations, we have lined up a series of programmes celebrating our traditions as well as inter-generational stories for you and your loved ones!

Join us as we explore our heritage through creative and enriching workshops, tours and talks this May!

International Museum Day at the National Museum

This year, the National Museum of Singapore presents talks in commemoration of International Museum Day (IMD), designed around the theme “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”.

Learn from professionals and members from the community as they co-create, imagine and share new practices for cultural institutions and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.

To commemorate the day, all visitors enjoy free admission to our museum on 18 May!
Curation IMD

Curation in a Time of Pandemic: Behind the Scenes of Home, Truly and Picturing The Pandemic (Livestream)
Thursday, 20 May 2021 | 7.30pm | Livestreamed on the NMS Facebook page

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at of two special exhibitions presented at the National Museum – Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present and Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID in Singapore.

Both exhibitions were put together in 2020, a year where COVID-19 swept the world and affected every aspect of our lives. What were the challenges faced by the curators of the two exhibitions, and how did they adapt to, innovate for and (re)create museum experiences in a time of pandemic?

Curation Talk
Find out more in this special dialogue session that brings together curators from the two exhibitions in conversation.

This programme is held in conjunction with the exhibitions Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present and Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of Covid-19 in Singapore’. Visit to register now!

Singapore Heritage Festival at the National Museum

In conjunction with this year’s Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF), the National Museum will be presenting a series of programmes on unique workshops featuring local food favourites and explore medical stories of individuals who were impacted during the pandemic.

Viewers can look forward to workshops on the innovative recreation of Singapore’s favourite foods and hear experiences of individuals who were in the heart of the Covid pandemic.
The ImPECKable Rendang Workshop *Livestreamed*
Saturday, 22 May 2021 | 11am

Rendang, a hearty festive dish made from chicken or beef that is simmered in coconut milk and spices till tender is synonymous to Hari Raya. Today, Rendang has earned a special place in our food heritage, can be enjoyed without waiting for the festive season and appreciated by many in Singapore.

As an extension of the InKUEHdible Workshop presented as part of the museum’s Singapore Heritage Festival programmes, where we showcase moulded pureed food, we present The ImPECKable Rendang Workshop as the museum celebrates Hari Raya as part of its Ethnic Festival Celebrations.

Join GentleFoods and celebrity chef Charlie Tham to watch how to recreate the Chicken Rendang for individuals with and without swallowing difficulties. In this articipants will also learn how to prepare Chicken Rendang from scratch for their loved ones at home in this workshop .

About the Chef
Chef Charlie Tham is the Head of Culinary at Compass Group Singapore and he has garnered more than 30 years of experience. No stranger to the spotlight, he has been the Guest Judge or Guest Chef in Mediacorp shows, such as The 4 Chefs and various cooking competitions.

Visit to register now!
This programme is also organised in support of Hari Raya Celebrations. Watch the livestream and participate in a quiz at the end of the programme to stand a chance to win an exclusive souvenir! For other Hari Raya programmes, keep scrolling!

*Food items do not contain pork or lard.
Hari Raya

Hari Raya Celebrations

Experience the festive Hari Raya at the museum, with a day of fun activities for everyone!

For visitors looking for something different, join our unique Rendang workshop, and a presentation on Reclusive Ramadan to hear how our Muslim friends went through the challenge of fasting and celebrating Hari Raya during Circuit Breaker in 2020.

If you’re looking to do something fun with the little ones, we present a story of Haji Agil that is about friendship, forgiveness and repentence and a Ketupat weaving workshop where you can learn the art of weaving this Hari Raya favourite.

For those who wish to immerse in the festive mood, watch a rousing Dikir Barat performance by award-winning group, Kelana Purba as they present a programme unique to Hari Raya and also share a bit of history of the art form and the different yet vital roles of each member in a Dikir Barat performance.
Let’s Make Ketupat! – A Weaving Workshop
Saturday, 22 May 2021 | 10.30am |
Seminar Room | $10/pax or $15/pair (Each ticket comes with craft materials and light refreshments to take home.)

Ketupat is a favoured staple during this festive season. Weaving a ketupat is considered to be an art form not mastered by many. Learn the steps of making your own ketupat through this workshop!

Suitable for 13 years and above but parents/grandparents may wish to attend this programme along with their child/grandchild and purchase 1 pair of tickets at a special price.

Visit to register now!
Songkok Haji Agil Storytelling
Saturday, 22 May 2021 | 11.30am & 3.30pm |
$13/pair, $5/additional ticket* |
* Each ticket entitles one pair of parent/grandparent and child to a set of craft materials.
Please purchase additional tickets if you are bringing more than one child/ adult. The price for the additional ticket does not cover craft materials.

Join storyteller and bilingual author, Rilla Melati, in this 45-min English storytelling programme in a special Hari Raya tale. In her latest children’s picture book set for release during Hari Raya, follow the story of ‘Songkok Haji Agil’ as he learns the true value of friendship, forgiveness and repentence in celebrating a very special Hari Raya!

Listen attentively to the story and participate in the pop quiz segment where children can stand a chance to win prizes. To complete this interactive experience, parents or grandparents will work together to make their very own songkok and learn simple Malay phrases at the end of the session.

This programme is suitable for children aged 5 and above. Visit to register now!
Dikir Raya

Dikir Raya – A Dikir Barat Showcase
Saturday, 22 May 2021 | 4pm | Livestreamed on the National Museum's Facebook page

Hear from the award-winning group Kelana Purba the history of Dikir Barat, an intangible cultural heritage, and the unique role each performer plays. End the experience on a high, with Dikir Raya, a performance that is unique to Hari Raya.

Due to safe management measures for COVID-19, onsite participants are reminded not to interact with or approach the performers during or after the programme. For viewers at home, watch the livestream and participate in a quiz at the end of the programme to stand a chance to win an exclusive souvenir!

A Lighter Side of History: Documenting ‘A Reclusive Ramadan’
Saturday, 22 May 2021 | 1pm | Livestreamed on the National Museum's Facebook page

2020 was an exceptional year for Muslims in Singapore as the country was in the middle of the Circuit Breaker which happened during Ramadan and Hari Raya.

Join Zakaria Zainal, one of the photographers who contributed to the Picturing the Pandemic exhibition, as he shares interesting stories and challenges of photographing 2020’s ‘Reclusive Ramadan’.

Suitable for all participants age 13 and above. This programme is organised in conjunction with the special exhibition Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore. Watch the livestream and participate in a quiz at the end of the programme to stand a chance to win an exclusive souvenir!

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!