Singapore Night Festival 2023

18 Aug 2023 - 26 Aug 2023
Various Venues
Various Timings

The Singapore Night Festival returns this year to light up the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct with the theme “Singapore, the Great Port City”. Connecting its rich history of trade and exchange with contemporary experiences, this year’s edition of the festival showcases Singapore’s evolution and growth beyond its early role as a port city into a dynamic modern metropolis where worlds meet.

Come over to Singapore Night Festival 2023 and join in the festivities and experiences! For more detail about the festival head over to

*NOTE: Change in operating hours on 18-19 & 25-26 August 2023
10am – 5pm
(5:30pm Last Admission to Gallery) | Re-entry to the museum: 7pm – 11pm



Extended Operating Hours (18-19 & 25-26 Aug)
Satisfy any late-night cravings and grab some souvenirs! Check out the extended operating hours during #SGNightFest.

F&B– Café Brera: 9pm | Food For Thought: 10pm | Flutes: 11pm
Retail– Supermama: 10pm

Free admission for all during extended operations. Suitable for children, elderly and wheelchair accessible.


NMS Travels: Pop-Up Rooms and Audio Tour (New Time Slots Added only for Night Festival)
Various Spaces in National Museum of Singapore
18 Aug to 26 Aug | 7pm – 11:15pm
Pop-Up Rooms: Free Admission | Audio Tour: $5*

Explore our travel-themed pop-up rooms (travel lounge, hotel and disco) around the museum's spaces that further bring the travel experience in Singapore in the 1980s to life! 

Enhance your experience with an immersive self-guided audio tour titled, ‘That Weekend in the Lion City’, as you explore 1980s Singapore through the recollections of a first-time traveller. 

*Entry to the pop-up rooms is free with general admission to the museum during special opening hours for the Singapore Night Festival. Audio tour is ticketed ($5) and available by pre-registration

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700 Years– Projection Mapping
Façade of National Museum of Singapore
18 Aug to 26 Aug | 7.30pm – 12am
Free Admission

Presented by Samsung

Buckle up for Singapore’s first-ever attempt at theatrical projection mapping, where the imaginations of our local playwright and artist meet the ingenuity of France’s digital art scene.

The 6-minute epic will transport you to the 14th century, where you'll meet Seri Anggerik. Like you, our female protagonist is embarking on her own "Back to the Future" journey to present-day Singapore. Just as Seri is awestruck by the country’s "glow-up," seeing Singapore reverse age by 700 Years might be a mind-bending experience for you. There’s no better reminder of how far our port city has come than watching ancient history come alive through cutting-edge technology.

Paintings from 700 Years are inspired by the collection of National Gallery Singapore and National Museum of SingaporeNational Heritage Board. Maps are Courtesy of National Archives Singapore and National Library Board.

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Time is a Black Circle – Skating Rink
National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
18 Aug to 26 Aug | 7.30pm - 11.30pm, last entry at 11pm
Early Bird (18 Jul to 17 Aug) - $22 | Regular (18 Aug to 26 Aug) - $27*
*Prices are inclusive of booking fees

Time is a Black Circle is a throwback to the seventies when the Swinging Sixties and Disco Fever were underway. Back in the day, party-goers flocked to the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct for live discotheques owned by the likes of Kelong Restaurant and YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). Of course, the latter’s anthem needs no introduction.

Singaporean artist Dawn Ng’s “disco time portal”, a perfectly cylindrical structure brimming with a symphony of colours and melodies, is fittingly located here. Step into the dancing shoes of your parents and grandparents, and relive a bygone era when influencers of their generations, like The Silver Strings and Rita Chao, painted the town red.

Visitors are also welcome to visit the artwork (without skating), free admission from 10am to 4pm (last entry at 3.30pm.)

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A Stone's Throw (Away)
National Museum of Singapore, Banyan Tree
18 Aug to 26 Aug | 7.30pm – 12am
Free Admission

This artwork is co-presented by the National Library Board, to inspire discovery of hidden stories and facets of Singapore's past from the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore collections.

A Stone's Throw (Away) is inspired by the legend of the Singapore Stone, which was flung from Fort Canning Hill to the mouth of the Singapore River by 14th-century strongman Badang, who would have made a fine shot put athlete today.

In 1843, the British blew the colossal stone up to widen the river's passage. This light installation reimagines it through a series of interconnected light panels with illustrations of its story and illuminates with body movement. Gather fellow festival-goers in front of the panels to activate them, and watch the "reconstructed" relic come to life.
National Museum of Singapore, LED Wall outside SUPERMAMA
18 Aug to 26 Aug | 7.30pm – 12am
Free Admission

Is it pronounced “jif” or “gif”? Don’t worry, it is not a big deal if you don’t have the answer, because GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT – its third and most spectacular run yet – is not about getting everything right.

And here at National Museum is a special extension of the world of gifs. GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT COMPILATION takes its cue from the festival’s theme of Port Cities with a contemporary approach. Think about the dynamic, contemporary nature of cities today as focal points of interconnectedness, confluences of cultures, and the ever-evolving identities within our globalized world as it fuses with digital technology. These GIFs seek to challenge our preconceived notion of these urban gateways as platforms for the construction and reimagining of diverse and interconnected identities. Watch the fusion of architecture, symbols, icons, and shifting colours as it articulates the diversity of cultural influences and the fluidity of identities that thrive in these cosmopolitan spaces.

GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT COMPILATION reminds us of the beauty of rough edges, verve and diversity in human expression as experienced in today’s cities.

GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT COMPILATION is co-presented by DesignSingapore. To view the full series of GIFs featured in GIFFEST III: IMPERFECT, visit the National Design Centre.
SGNIGHTFEST by Pan United Corporation Landscape
Lawn of the National Museum of Singapore
18 Aug to 26 Aug | 7.30pm – 12am
Free Admission

Commissioned in 2022 for the 13th edition of Singapore Night Festival, #SGNIGHTFEST stretches across an impressive seven metres, showcasing gigantic concrete letters crafted with sustainable, low-carbon, and recycled raw materials using 3D printing technology. Each weighing a hefty 60 kilograms, these letters are composed of 18 layers of concrete, resulting in a sleek and minimalist appearance during the day. As night falls, they burst to life in an exuberant array of colours, enveloping the lawn of the National Museum of Singapore in their radiant glow. Don’t miss the chance to gather your squad, strike a pose, and leave your mark on the #SGNIGHTFEST hashtag across social media platforms.

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!