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National Day Celebrations with the National Museum

16 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021
Various Venues
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Enjoy music performances and storytelling sessions, or participate in a scavenger hunt that takes you on a journey through Singapore’s history. You can also attend interesting workshops to create unique Singapore-inspired crafts, and more! With so many activities to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Enjoy free admission for all on 21 and 22 Aug!
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National Day Online Programmes
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In case you missed it, check out our National Day online programmes from the comfort of your homes by tuning in to our Facebook playlist below!

Click here to watch our online programmes!

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National Day Light-Up
1 – 31 Aug | 7.30pm – 12am daily
Museum Facade

Catch the façade projection at the National Museum of Singapore as it lights up in celebration of Singapore’s 56th birthday with the theme Together Our Singapore Spirit!

From now to 31 August, please be advised to enjoy the light-up in pairs only and in groups of up to five for fully vaccinated individuals, remain masked up at all times and to practice a 1 metre safe-distancing at all times. Visitors may be reminded by an onsite crew to observe the guidelines while visiting the light-up.

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Writings on the Wall
21 & 22 Aug | 10am – 7pm
LED Wall, Level 1

What are your hopes and wishes for Singapore, and how can we make a difference? Share them with us, add a photo and watch as your wishes appear on the museum’s LED wall!

Please ensure to maintain safe-distancing with only 10 participants at a time.

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National Day Scavenger Hunt @ NMS [Sold Out]
21 & 22 Aug | 10.30am – 5.30pm
Seminar Room, Level 2

Complement your museum visit with an exploration of our galleries with the Scavenger Hunt @ NMS! Discover clues that will lead you to exciting artefacts in our museum and be inspired to view history through a fresh perspective. Complete the challenge and redeem a special souvenir!

All you need is a mobile device or tablet with Internet connection.

To register for 21 Aug, visit https://ndoh21huntday1.peatix.com!
To register for 22 Aug, visit https://ndoh21huntday2.peatix.com!

dough it yourself curry puff

Dough-It-Yourself Curry Puff Workshop [Sold Out]
21 Aug | 11am – 12.30pm & 3.30 – 5pm
The Salon, Level 1
$10 per adult-child pair, all ingredients and equipment provided

How much do you know about the modest curry puff that is often eaten during festive seasons and as a mid-day snack? Join Bakery Brera to find out more and learn how to fold your own curry puffs using different types of dough. Participants will also get to take home a set of cooked curry and sardine puffs from the bakery at the end of the workshop.

Please note that no pork and no lard are used in this workshop. Families are encouraged to bring your own lunchboxes to store the uncooked and cooked curry and sardine puffs.

Each $10 ticket admits one child and one adult (parent or grandparent) only. This is a special rate for our National Day celebrations.

For the morning session: Registration starts from 10.40am. Please arrive at the Salon by 10.50am, otherwise your slot will be released to walk-in participants.
For the afternoon session: Registration starts from 3.10pm. Please arrive at the Salon by 3.20pm, otherwise your slot will be released to walk-in participants.

This programme is suitable for children aged 4 and up and is presented in conjunction with NMS’ special exhibition
Home, Truly at the basement level.

Limited spaces available. Visit https://ndoh21currypuff.peatix.com to register now!

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Drop-in Craft Activity [Sold Out]
21 & 22 Aug | Free
10.30am – 12noon & 2 – 5.30pm
Glass Atrium, Level 2

Create your own National Day momento to commemorate your visit to the museum! Express your creativity by painting a Merlion figurine that is uniquely yours and show off this one-of-a-kind figurine at home.

Each participant will receive an individual brush and paint set. This activity is recommended for children aged 6 years old and above. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

*Last registration at 11.30am and 5pm.

To register for 21 Aug, visit https://ndoh21craftday1.peatix.com!
To register for 22 Aug, visit https://ndoh21craftday2.peatix.com!

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Interactive Storytelling – Timmy & Tammy: What is Singapore? [Sold Out]
21 & 22 Aug | 10.30 – 11am
Gallery Theatre, Basement Level

In this interactive storytelling session based on the popular children’s book Timmy & Tammy: What is Singapore?, families will hear from four interesting characters who have each chosen an object to represent Singapore. Look forward to participating in the fun activities these characters have prepared in their quest to decide which “Singapore” resonates best with them!

Registration starts from 10.10am. Please arrive at the Gallery Theatre by 10.20am, otherwise your slot will be released to walk-in participants.

This programme is suitable for children aged 5 – 10.

This programme is presented in conjunction with NMS’ special exhibition
Home, Truly at the basement level.

Visit https://ndoh21timmytammy.peatix.com/ to register now!

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Coffee Appreciation Workshop [Sold Out]
21 Aug | 2 – 3pm | Gallery Theatre
22 Aug | 12.30 – 1.30pm | The Salon
$28 per participant or $50 per pair

What is the difference between specialty coffee and your daily cup of kopi-o-siew-dai? Have you ever wondered what is the difference between Robusta and Arabica beans? Join us for a fun session to hear, smell and lim kopi (drink coffee) with your family and friends, as the friendly barista from social enterprise Bettr Barista unravel the history of coffee in Singapore!

Limited spaces available. Enjoy a special discount if you come with your family or friend. This programme is suitable for all participants from ages 13 and above.

Price includes the coffee appreciation workshop, sampling of small cup of coffee, 1 box of 10 sachets of Single Drip Coffee (retail price $19). This programme is held in conjunction with National Day and the exhibition Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present.

To register for 21 Aug, visit https://ndoh21coffeeworkshopday1.peatix.com!
To register for 22 Aug, visit https://ndoh21coffeeworkshopday2.peatix.com!

Image courtesy of Bettr Barista

mama shop owner character tour

Mama Shop Owner Character Tour [Sold Out]
22 Aug | 2.30 – 3pm
Growing Up gallery
$5 per adult-child pair

Follow this mama shop owner as he takes you back in time to discover the stories behind his toys!

Each $5 ticket admits one child and one adult (parent or grandparent) only. This is a special rate for our National Day celebrations.

Registration starts from 2.10pm. Please arrive at the Growing Up Gallery by 2.20pm, otherwise your slot will be released to walk-in participants.

This programme is suitable for children aged 5 – 10.  

Limited spaces available. Visit https://ndoh21mamatour.peatix.com to sign up now!

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Art as Therapy Workshop – Feeling at Home [Sold Out]
22 Aug | 2.30 − 5pm
The Salon, Level 1
$10 per participant

This Art as Therapy workshop is designed for families and members of the general public, and aims to encourage participants to reflect on and creatively express what places and experiences make them “feel at home” in Singapore.

The session begins with a guided visit to our two special exhibitions − Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present and Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore − where our docents will introduce fascinating artefacts about Singapore as our home.

Participants can then enjoy a therapeutic origami box art-making activity, and draw inspiration from the exhibitions to express their ideas and feelings about “home” using STAEDTLER materials.

Limited spaces available. Price is inclusive of guided tour by docents, facilitated origami box art-making activity and colouring materials supported by STAEDTLER.

This programme is suitable for all participants aged 7 and above and 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. This programme is supported by STAEDTLER and ArtWorks.

About ArtWorks
ArtWorks provides art therapy services and wellness workshops to individuals, schools, museums, and corporate clients. Founder Kelly Reedy (MA AT, AThR, MA Ed, BFA) has over 20 years of experience working in Singapore as an artist, educator, and most recently, art therapist. Currently a part-time lecturer in the MA in Art Therapy Programme at LASALLE College of the Arts, her past projects include training art teachers at the National Institute of Education, creating gallery workshops for NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as engaging with youth-at-risk and adults experiencing dementia. Through her private practice, she facilitates nature-based workshops for parent and child bonding, self-compassion seminars for caregivers, and relaxation through art for busy professionals. ArtWorks’ aim is to enhance wellbeing, awareness, and learning for all.

Visit https://ndoh21arttherapy.peatix.com/ to register now!

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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