National Day Celebrations at the National Museum

09 Aug 2017
Various Venues
10am – 8.30pm
Free admission

Singapore turns 52! Come celebrate National Day at the National Museum of Singapore with day-to-night programmes for the family. Join us for an up-close session with Jimmy Lam, the author and photographer of Singapore: Country of Many Faces; a live telecast of the National Day Parade with D.I.Y. picnics featuring your favourite Singapore food and new local creations; fun craft activities with our favourite national symbols and icons; music performances on a Red Steinway piano that include sets by William Lim Jr. from popular local band Electrico, and more! Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to collect special Singapore souvenirs and complimentary National Day Parade fun packs, which will be given out to the first 500 visitors to our live telecast – while stocks last!


National Day Feastival by Laloolalang
12pm – 8.30pm | Coach Bay, Level 2

Come savour exciting, sweet and savoury dishes at the museum’s food festival! Run by popular bazaar and flea market organiser, LalooLalang, the festival will feature 20 stalls, serving up a mix of local favourites like chicken rice and satay, and enticing treats like "flying noodles", burgers from The LAB SG, and giant multi-coloured drinks.

Nutmeg & Clove Pop-up Bar
1pm – 8pm | The Concourse, Level 1

On 9 Aug, it’s happy hour all day at the National Museum! Popular bar Nutmeg & Clove will be setting up a pop-up store, selling specially crafted cocktails inspired by the museum’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, at discounted prices. Head down to sample this special menu, featuring cocktails like "King and Queen", made with local flavours and ingredients like mangosteens and durians! Nutmeg & Clove will also be selling an exclusive National Day-inspired cocktail, available on 9 Aug only!

Craft Activities – National Icons Balloon Sculptures, Pop-up Cards & Postcards, Print and Go! by MATTER Prints | National Day Manicure Station
10am – 6pm | Various Venues

Celebrate Singapore’s birthday with us by creating and collecting your very own unique Singapore keepsakes! Get your hands on free national day balloon specials – featuring beloved national icons, such as Singapore’s Signature Chilli Crab and Singa the Lion! Visitors will also get the opportunity to stamp and print their own special National Day postcards and pop-up cards. You can also drop by for a fun linocut carving and printing activity by MATTER Prints, by printing with ready-made stencils specially designed for National Day, or try your hand at carving your very own linocut stamp!

Alternatively, express your love for Singapore with your very own National Day Manicure! Select your favourite national icon and have nail artists from Kiyone+Lim paint miniatures on your nails!

 Activity   Time & Venue 
 The National Museum Pop-up Card 10am – 6pm | Under Grand Staircase, Level 1 
 Hanging Mobile Craft Activity by Art Loft 10am – 6pm | The Concourse, Level 1
 National Day Manicure Station by kiyone + LIM  10am – 6pm | Activity Space, Level 3
 Print and Go! by MATTER Prints  11am – 5pm | The Concourse, Level 1
 Cut and Print! by MATTER Prints  11am – 5pm | Activity Space, Level 3
 National Icons Balloon Sculptures  1pm – 6pm | Basement Level

A Lighter Side of History Talk – Singapore: Country of Many Faces by Jimmy Lam

11am – 12pm | The Salon, Level 1

A Lighter Side of History is a programme that celebrates Singapore's diverse multicultural heritage. In this National Day edition, Jimmy Lam will speak about his photo project, which documents Singapore's complex and diverse cultures, peoples and city landscape. The project took him a decade to complete.


Singapore Rhapsodies: National Day Songs on Red Steinway by William Lim Jr. of Electrico, NUS Resonance and Vocal Audacity
1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm (30 min each session) | The Platform, Level 2

Join us for this special National Day edition of Singapore Rhapsodies, the museum's free public concert series, which will feature National Day songs and local music performed on and around our unique red Steinway piano.

Literary Recitation inspired by the Singapore History Gallery, performed by Haig Girls’ School
4pm – 4.30pm | The Rotunda, Level 1

Experience Ancient Singapore through the eyes of 10 to 12-year-olds from Haig Girls' School as they present stories and poems inspired by artefacts from the Singapore History Gallery. Conceptualized through multiple museum visits and specially-created tours and lessons, the pieces of creative writing in this unique booklet present perspectives of the artefacts that will encourage readers regardless of age to take a closer look at this fascinating period of Singapore's past.

National Day Parade Live Telecast
5.20pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2

For the first time ever, the National Museum will be screening a live telecast of the National Day Parade. This indoor screening – free of charge – will take place at 5.20pm at the museum’s Glass Atrium. Bring your family, and come celebrate National Day as if you were at the float at Marina Bay – but with air conditioning!

The first 200 families to arrive for the screening will also get a FREE picnic mat from Families for LifeFamilies for Life will also be distributing FREE assorted snacks and packet drinks to families at this event; grab them while stocks last! The first 500 visitors to our live telecast will also receive complimentary National Day Parade fun packs, from 5pm at our Seminar Room, Level 2.


Bouncy Ride
10am – 12pm & 4pm – 7pm | Front Lawn, Level 1

Embark on your adventure at the National Museum with bumboat inflatables for young visitors, back by popular demand from Children’s Season (2017) at the National Museum, for one day only!

Moving Memories by Yip Yew Chong
10am – 8.30pm | Gallery10, Level 1

The National Museum of Singapore presents the artworks of Yip Yew Chong, whose life-sized murals seek to express the romance of “places and moments… that blend sights, sounds, smell and tastes”. Yip’s murals have captured the imagination of those who have travelled to heritage neighbourhoods such as Kampong Glam and Tiong Bahru in search of them.

Savour these moments of our tangible and intangible heritage, such as barbers in back lanes and fortune tellers, traditional kopi-making and road-side communal satay-eating, as they come alive through animation, soundscape and projection in Gallery10, the museum’s new digital experimental space.

Please note that all permanent galleries (except the Glass Rotunda exhibits) will also be opened till 8.30pm; last admission is at 8pm. Glass Rotunda: Story of the Forest and Singapore, Very Old Tree will be opened till 5pm. No food and drinks may be brought into the galleries.

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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