National Day Celebrations at the National Museum

21 Jul 2023 - 09 Aug 2023
Varies with programmes
Varies with programmes
Celebrate our nation’s 58th birthday with family and friends and participate in the myriad of activities featuring Singapore’s icons, local talents and special exhibitions at the museum.
Look out for an exciting performance, drop-in activities, storytelling sessions and scavenger hunt. End the day with a "picnic-under-the-stars" and catch the live outdoor screening of the National Day Parade at the museum’s front lawn.

In the lead-up to National Day, look out for our special façade light-up. Don’t forget to tag us on social media when taking photos with #NationalDayatNMS.

Kindly note that parking lots are limited onsite and visitors are strongly encouraged to seek alternative parking arrangements around the vicinity. Please note that photos and videos taken during the programmes may be used for future publicity.

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National Day Light-Up

21 July – 9 August
7.30pm – 12am daily | Free

Catch the museum come alive with a façade projection that will bath the building in colours and symbols that represent Singapore. Don’t miss a special feature created in commemoration of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s 100th birth anniversary, honouring Singapore’s founding prime minister and his enduring contribution to Singapore.

Share with us photographs of your experience at the museum’s light-up and tag us or include #NationalDayatNMS.

Craft activities by STAEDTLER

10 – 11am (priority slot for people with disabilities)
11am – 12pm, 1- 5pm (for public)
Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free

Create your own popsicle stick craft or design a card to wish Singapore a happy birthday.

This programme is supported by STAEDTLER. The station will be closed for lunch from 12–1pm.

My Lovely Sampan and Postcard Colouring Activity by Sengkang Green Primary School

9.30am – 10.30am (priority slot for people with disabilities)
10.30am – 12pm, 1- 4pm (for public)
Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement Level | Free

Guided by friendly primary school students, craft your own sampan or use your creativity and colour a student designed postcard to take home!

The station will be closed for lunch from 12–1pm.
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The Good Old Games

9.30am – 11.30am
Front Lawn, Level 1 | Free

Get ready for some fun with a selection of old-school and traditional games enjoyed across generations while growing up.
Great SG Workout

Get Healthy!

9.30am – 10.45am
Front Lawn, Level 1
Free (pre-event registration is encouraged)
Register now by clicking this link here 

Start the morning actively and join us for a refreshing workout with the iconic Great Singapore Workout or Kebaya-robics with our active seniors.

Great Singapore Workout
  • 9.30 – 9.45am
  • 10 – 10.15am

  • Kebaya-robics
  • 10.30 – 10.45am

  • For comfort and safety, please wear suitable attire and comfortable shoes. Onsite registration is available, however pre-event registration is encouraged.
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    Unity Bridge

    10am – 7pm | Free
    Longer Concourse, Level 1

    Catch this unique installation by local artist Adeline Loo that represents how we are stronger when united – akin to how individual threads can become one strong rope. The design of the Bridge draws inspiration from the idea of building a Singapore that looks beyond differences and continues to strengthen our ties with one another.

    Outdoor Performances

    4.45pm – 5.30pm (to be seated by 4.30pm)
    Front Lawn, Level 1 | Free

    Groove to tunes performed by Jack and Rai and an exciting percussion performance, in the lead-up to the live screening of the National Day Parade!

    Live Telecast of National Day Parade

    5.30pm – 8.30pm (to be seated by 5.15pm)
    Front Lawn, Level 1 | Free

    Enjoy a live telecast of the National Day Parade under the museum’s iconic Banyan tree with your family and friends.

    Visitors may bring their own picnic mats.

    National Day Photobooth

    10am – 7pm | Free
    Longer Concourse, Level 1

    Document your memory of your National Day celebration at the museum. Gather with your friends and family members for a photo opportunity at our booth with a coffee cart and props inspired by Singapore’s icons.

    Don’t forget to share your digital photograph with us on social media with the hashtag #NationalDayatNMS.

    Coffee cart used in this photobooth is supported by Yakun Kaya Toast.
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    Writings on the Wall

    10am – 7pm
    LED Wall, Level 1 | Free
    Feeling inspired by the National Day celebrations and our special exhibitions, Semangat yang Baru and Now Boarding?

    Share with us thoughts on what is unique about Singapore and what does the Singapore spirit mean to you, and you might even see your responses projected on the museum’s LED wall!
    special offers

    Café Brera at Reunion: 9am – 6.30pm
    Supermama, The Museum Store: 10am – 7pm

    Enjoy special offers presented by the museum’s partners for Singapore’s birthday!

    Café Brera 

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  • Kaya Cruffin with black coffee / flat white / tea, $8.80 only (while stocks last)
  • Supermama, The Museum Store 

    Shop for a special Singapore souvenir at Supermama, The Museum Store!

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    From 24 July to 31 August, enjoy special in-store promotions at our museum shop:

  • Free umbrella with any purchase of $120 & above in a single receipt
  • Free A-to-Z postcard book with any purchase of $50 & above in a single receipt
  • In-store NDP promotion: Singapore A-to-Z magnets (4 for $20/set)
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    Live demonstration: The Mysterious Chef Behind Cafe Brera’s Curry Chicken

    11am – 12.30pm & 2.30pm – 4pm
    Reunion, Level 1
    $18/pair (for grandparent-child pairs), $25/pair (for parent-child)
    Register now by clicking on this link

    Let's come together to cook up a pot of chicken curry like the good old kampung days to feast on this National Day!

    Bring your family, come in pairs as inter-generational group. Learn from Chef Franz, master baker from Austria, who has spent over 20 years in Singapore, as he demonstrates how to cook all-time favourite chicken curry that is well liked by Singaporeans.

    Limited slots available. This programme is recommended for parent/grandparent with children ages 6 years and above. Price includes a sharing session, hands-on demo by Chef Franz and two sets of curry chicken (retail at $25) to take home.

    Grandparent-grandchild pair ticket is priced lower than the standard adult- child pair ticket to encourage participation from grandparents and grandchildren. Please select the correct ticket type to accurately reflect the participant pairing. NMS reserves the right to cancel the wrong ticket type purchased and/or have participants re-purchase the correct ticket type.
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    A Lighter Side of History: Jio you for kopi!

    2.30pm – 4.30pm
    The Salon, Level 1
    $28 per pax or $50 per pair
    Register by clicking this link here

    Jio-ing (inviting) all kopi drinkers! Join us at the museum this National Day as we find out more about Singapore’s traditional coffee culture. Learn how to make your own pot of traditional kopi, and the ordering lingo used in Singapore’s coffeeshops.

    About the facilitator
    Nanyang Old Coffee is dedicated to sharing the exquisite taste and cultural significance of traditional Singaporean coffee with the global community. In response to evolving consumer preferences, they have strategically transformed their cafe over the years, enabling them to expand their business model through overseas franchising. By doing so, Nanyang Old Coffee has been able to share its unique products and culture with a broader audience while staying true to its core mission.

    As the recipient of the award for best traditional coffee in Singapore, Nanyang Old Coffee has also developed a range of house-brand instant local beverages, further broadening its reach and sharing its heritage with the world.

    Limited spaces available. Price includes a sharing by Nanyang Old Coffee and all materials required for hands-on coffee making workshop. Photos will be taken and may be used for future publicity. This programme is suitable for all participants aged 13 and above.

    Interactive Storytelling & Craft Session: The Stories That Make Us

    2.15pm – 3pm & 3.30pm – 4.15pm
    Get Curious Studio, Level 3
    $10/adult-child pair
    Register by clicking here

    Listen to selected stories featuring some of Singapore’s icons, created specially by children! Plus, imagine your own stories and create a mini artwork at the end!

    National Day Colouring Competition

    10am – 1pm (Registration starts at 9.30am, followed by a pre-competition briefing at 10am. The competition will take place from 10.15am to 11.30am, with the prize presentation ceremony from 12.15pm to 12.30pm.)
    The Salon, Level 1 | Free with refundable deposit of $10 per participating child
    Pre-registration is encouraged: Click here

    Unleash your creativity in this colouring competition featuring our local neighbourhood!

    This competition is open to 50 children, aged 6 to 13 years. Participants may bring your own colouring materials (dry materials only, no paint allowed) or purchase a colouring pack at $5, while stocks last.

    The programme and prizes are supported by STAEDTLER. Onsite registration is available, however pre-event registration is encouraged to secure your spot due to the capacity limit.

    Building Tour for Families

    2.30 – 3.15pm, 3.45 – 4.30pm
    Venue Rotunda, Level 1 (Meeting Point)
    Free with refundable deposit of $10 per adult-child pair
    Register now by clicking here

    Join us on a learning journey around the museum and discover more interesting gems about our 136-year-old building!

    Recommended for ages 7 to 12. Limited to 15 pairs of parent and child on a first come, first served basis.

    Art Jamming: Travels Near and Far

    10am – 12.30pm | Perform Room, Level 3
    $15/pax or $28/parent-child pair
    Register by clicking this link here

    Where do you go to relax? Does your family have a place that you visit to unwind and relax? In this art jamming workshop, be inspired by your favourite places and create a large colourful map together!

    Limited spaces available. Price includes all craft materials (with retail value of $20) and resources for self-facilitated visit to our special exhibition, Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s–2000s.

    National Day Scavenger Hunt @ NMS

    10am – 5.30pm (closed from 12 – 1pm. final registration at 4.45pm)
    Register at the Seminar Room, Level 2 (Hunt takes place in the galleries)
    Free | Register by clicking this link here

    Discover something new or interesting about Singapore in this special hunt that will take you through the museum’s galleries and special exhibitions Semangat yang Baru and Now Boarding.

    Complete the hunt and you may stand a chance to redeem a National Day souvenir, featuring our local treats and brands, specially curated for you! Suitable as an activity for family and friends or even on your own!

    Registration and redemption stations will be closed for lunch from 12–1pm. Suitable for participants aged 13 and above. Children aged 12 and below are welcome and must be accompanied by parents. Pre-registration is encouraged. Walk-in participation is subjected to availability. Souvenirs for this programme are made possible with the support of Tai Sun, Yakun Kaya Toast and Tai Sun.

    Merchants of Singapore: A Participatory Character Tour [SOLD OUT]

    11.30am – 12pm & 2.30pm – 3pm
    Modern Colony Gallery, Level 2 | Free
    Register by clicking this link here 

    Throughout Singapore’s history, many have come to Singapore in search of business opportunities, a new life, or a brighter future.

    In this participatory character tour, we invite you to “travel” back in time where you will encounter two travellers from different backgrounds with a common goal.

    Limited spaces available. Onsite registration is available however, pre- event registration is encouraged. This programme is suitable for all participants from ages 13 and above. Please note that this is a participatory tour where some members of the audience will be invited to assume roles of historical figures.

    The characters presented are inspired by historical figures but creative direction and licenses have been taken to fit the storyline.

    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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