NDP, Open, House
NDP, Open, House

National Day Open House 2018

09 Aug 2018
Various Venues
10am - 8.30pm
Free Admission
Parade, screening

Live Telecast of National Day Parade
5.35pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 & The Salon, Level 1

View the live broadcast of the National Day Parade in the most iconic venue possible; at the National Museum of Singapore, surrounded by decades of rich history and culture.

Please be seated by 5.20pm.

A Showcase of Project ARTISAN Artworks
10 am to 8.30pm | Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement Level

Catch a selection of artworks which are created by pairs of youth-seniors dyads who share their personal stories of love, courage and resilience through artistic expressions.

This showcase is part of the Project ARTISAN (Aspiration and Resilience Through Intergenerational Storytelling and Art-based Narratives) which is developed by Nanyang Technological University Singapore, with the National Arts Council and National Museum of Singapore.



Moving, memories

10am to 8.30pm (Last admission at 8pm) | Various Venues
Singapore History Gallery
Life in Singapore: The Past 100 Years Galleries
Goh Seng Choo Gallery: Magic and Menace
Gallery 10: Moving Memories 

In celebration of National Day, the National Museum of Singapore brings back Moving Memories which features a selection of Yip Yew Chong's life-sized murals. These murals seek to express the romance of "places and moments...that blend sights, sounds, smell and taste." 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 Gallery 10.
The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 - 2030

Glass Rotunda: Story of the Forest and Singapore, Very Old Tree
10am to 5pm (Last admission at 5pm) | Glass Rotunda, Level 2 

Doodle, Sketch

A Live Doodling Activation
Imagine the future of play

2pm to 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2

This was our play station, long before iPads and Playstations. Where every player was a neighbour, and every neighbour - a friend. Our playground has brought us together, from the very first swing to the state of the art. And it will continue to be the stomping, hopping, running ground of our children's children. Let's explore the future of play this National Day as we celebrate what unites us.
What better way to articulate the future, than to doodle? Turning a swing, slide or a see-saw into a canvas, we work with illustrators to imagine the possibilities of play. So the final artwork becomes a work of art the museum, and all Singaporeans, can own.

Visitors are encouraged to imagine tomorrow's playground, and how it continues to bring us together. These scenarios will be drawn by the doodlers on to the canvas.

Movie, screening

Celebrating Singapore's Unknown Heroes: A Showcase of the 15 Shorts Film Initiative
3pm to 5pm | Gallery Theatre, Basement Level

Catch a movie selection of short films from the 15 Shorts film initiative, and be inspired by Singaporeans who performed powerful acts of giving between the 1970s and 1990s. Do not miss this opportunity to join Daniel Yun, veteran filmmaker and executive producer of 15 Shorts, and directors Sean Ng and Jason Lee for a panel discussion after. This segment is supported by National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).

Featured films: Shelter (director by Sean Ng) and The Buddy (directed by Jason Lee)

15 Shorts is a charity film initiative by NVPC and Blue3Asia, in support of SG Cares.

Bouncy, NDP

Bouncy Adventures
10am to 12 noon & 2.30pm to 6pm | Front Lawn

Embark on a bouncy adventure with interactive inflatable playgrounds that are inspired by iconic mosaic playgrounds of yesteryear! You can also go on an "animal hunt" with our animal springers for more bouncy fun.

Bouncy Adventures is supported by Families for Life.

Pop-Up Adventure Playground @ NMS
10.30am to 12.30pm & 3pm to 5pm | Banyan Tree

Learn how we transform everyday objects and "junk" into a playground!

Colouring, NDP

Colouring Competition for Families
10.30am to 2pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 & Gallery Theatre, Basement Level

Unleash your creativity in this colouring competition that revolves around a Singapore icon. Express your thoughts of what makes Singapore, what your dreams for Singapore are or what makes Singapore home.

This competition is open to the first 150 pairs of parent/grandparent and child/grandchild. A colouring pack is available with a donation of $5. Limited to the first 200 participants.

Registration starts at 10.30am, and the competition starts at 11am. The prize presentation ceremony will be held from 12.30pm to 1.30pm at the National Museum's Gallery Theatre, Basement Level.

Participants can bring their own colour pencils, crayons or markers for the colouring competition. The programme and prizes are supported by STAEDTLER.





video, booth

Wishes for Singapore Video Booth

11am to 6pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2

Record your wishes for Singapore with your friends and families in this video booth, and send yourself a copy of this memorable event!

3D printing, NDP

3D Printing
11am to 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2

Watch the process of 3D Printing with experts on-site to explain the steps into creating your own 3D model. Redeemable with a completed National Day reflection card, scavenger hunt activity sheet or feedback form.

Happy Birthday, Singapore! Pop-up Card
11am to 5pm | Under Grand Staircase, Level 1

What's your birthday wish for Singapore? Personalise a special pop-up birthday card and pen your wish for Singapore!

Scavenger Hunt
10am to 5pm | Various Galleries

Hunt through our galleries for answers on the little known aspects of Singapore. A prize awaits you as you complete this hunt. Obtain your form from the front desk. (Complete this hunt in exchange for a 3D model or a sculpted balloon of your choice!)



Balloon, sculpting, NDP

Balloon Sculpting
11am to 5pm | The Canyon, Basement Level

Back by popular demand, these special "National Day Balloons" takes balloon sculpting to a whole new level! Grab your own Chilli Crab, Vanda Miss Joaquim and Changi Airport! Redeemable with a completed National Day reflection card, scavenger hunt activity sheet or feedback form.

Craft Activities
Craft Kitchen Activity | 1pm to 5pm | The Canyon, Basement Level
Glass Magnet Activity |11am to 5pm | Create Room, Level 3
Wearable Headgear Activity |11am to 5pm | Open Spaces, Level 3
Postcard | 11am to 5pm | Glass Atrium | Level 2

Celebrate Singapore's identity as a foodie paradise - try your hand at creating mini pinatas of local culinary delights such as Kueh Lapis, Ice Kachang and Lopis. Bring home your own glass magnet creation, wearable headgear or postcard inspired by your favourite Singapore icon.

Recital, Performances

Literary Recital inspired by The More We Get Together exhibition by Haig Girls' School
11am to 11.30am | The Salon, Level 1

In 2018, students from Haig Girls' School explored what playgrounds mean to them through the creation of advertisement campaigns on playground safety, visiting and learning from NMS's exhibition, The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 - 2030, and visiting an inclusive playground for children with special needs. Their experiences have culminated in an inclusive publication that they hope will encourage readers to think about what play means to every child, everywhere. Come listen to them as they share their writings, advertising campaigns and experiences!

Performance on the Steinway by Jack & Rai and Dunman High School
12.30pm, 3.30pm & 4.30pm  | The Platform, Level 2 | Jack & Rai
2pm | The Platform, Level 2 | Dunman High School

Be entertained by Dunman High School and spend an exciting afternoon with Singapore's dynamic duo, Jack & Rai, and sing along as they perform!



Timmy, Tammy

Storytelling Session by Esther Eio
1.30pm to 2pm | The Salon, Level 1

A special treat for the little ones, hear the story of 'Timmy and Tammy at the Dragon Playground brought to life by Esther. Come and listen to the story of Singapore's dragon playground - the guardian of friendships!  

Gran Short Stories by ACE Seniors
2.30pm to 3pm & 3.30pm to 4pm | The Salon, Level 1

Did you know that the National Day parade was taken to multiple heartlands every year, between 1975 and 1983? This National Day, come listen to Grandma Georgina share her memories of past National Days, and be inspired to ask your own grandparents about their memories. Featuring engaging dramatization and interactive hands-on activities, these storytelling sessions are a wonderful introduction to Singapore's history and heritage, as told through our grandmas' first-hand experiences!

Food, NDP

Food Trucks
11am to 8pm | Front Lawn & Bus Bay

Enjoy delicious grub from food trucks owned by our very own Singaporeans. From light bites like fried delights for the snack lovers to wholesome meals to satisfy the bigger appetites, we've got something for everyone!

Please note that no food and drinks may be brought into the galleries.

Special Giveaways of My Family Weekend Umbrella
Umbrella giveaway | 10am to 6pm | Fort Canning Office

While stocks last. This giveaway is supported by Families for Life.


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!