National Museum of Singapore 130th Anniversary Celebrations

13 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
Various Venues
Various Timings
On Wednesday 12 October 1887 at 5pm, the 14th Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Frederick Weld, ceremoniously opened the Raffles Library and Museum at Stamford Road. The oldest of its kind in Singapore, the museum was then established to spur intellectual inquiry in the region. It grew alongside the country, survived the Japanese Occupation and has transformed into a socio-history and cultural institution that is well-loved by many. Today, the National Museum of Singapore continues to excite and inspire visitors with its innovative ways of presenting history and the national collection.


Birthday Cake Cutting
Sat, 14 Oct | 2.45pm
Glass Passage, Level 2

Sing “Happy Birthday” to the National Museum and witness the cake-cutting ceremony with museum staff and volunteers!

Special “Happy Birthday to You” singing and choir performance by The Joyful Voices.

Birthday Cupcake Giveaway
Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 Oct | 4pm
Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement

Enjoy a Cedele cupcake when you visit the museum on our birthday weekend! Here’s how:

1) Follow the National Museum of Singapore on Facebook or Instagram
2) Snap and post a photo of yourself in the museum with your birthday wishes and #happy130nms
3) Show us your post at the giveaway booth to get your cupcake, while stocks last.

The National Museum birthday cake and cupcakes are supported by Cedele.


Museum Tours

For full Museum Tours listing, please click here.


Family Activities

PRESENCE Pictures Playscape: Little Artists for Virtual Reality
From Mon, 9 Oct | 10am – 7pm (last registration at 6pm)
Concourse Gallery, Level 1

PRESENCE Pictures Playscape at the National Museum of Singapore celebrates the museum’s 130th birthday with glimpses of its future as imagined by children. The creative Playscape features PRESENCE Pictures’ signature activity, Little Artists for Virtual Reality (VR), an art-meets-tech programme that enables young minds to think big and create VR worlds just by drawing. With an exclusive programme designed for the National Museum, kids get to draw their imaginary future museum and cartoon Museum Buddy, animate it using their own body movements, and interact with their final artworks in VR! Young visitors may also participate in a drop-in activity to experience the basics of creating a VR artwork.

Suitable for ages 4 to 12. On-site registration for the drop-in activities are on a first come, first served basis. Each session lasts 45 mins and takes up to 5 children. $35 per child.

Visit www.presence.pictures for more information and updates on the full programme offerings and rates.

Light-up Birthday Card
Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 Oct | 10.30am – 1.30pm
Glass Atrium, level 2
45 mins each session. Limited to the first 20 children (with accompanying adults) each session. Please register on-site in advance.


Cedele Playdough Activity
Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 Oct | 2pm – 4pm
Glass Atrium, level 2
On-site registration on a first come, first served basis required until all 50 moulding clay kits each day have been issued. 

Cedele Cupcake Decoration
Sat, 14 Oct | 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Sun, 15 Oct | 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Activity Space, Level 3

Donations appreciated. Register here for the 14 Oct session, and here for the 15 Oct session. 45 mins each session. Pre-registration required. Limited to the first 25 pairs each session.

Artisanal Retro Market
Fri, 13 Oct | 5pm – 10pm
Sat, 14 Oct | 2pm – 10pm
Sun, 15 Oct | 10am – 6pm
The Concourse, Level 1
Glass Atrium & Coach Bay, Level 2

Live Music Performances
Fri – Sun, 13 – 15 Oct | Various timings
Coach Bay and Platform in front of escalators, Level 2

Fri, 13 Oct 2017

 Time  Outdoor Stage  Indoor Platform

Singapore Rhapsodies -
Boon Lay Garden Primary School


Performing Bands:
1. Klutz
2. Desecrate
3. Clairvoyant
4. Yezzz Band
5. Majesty


Sat, 14 Oct 2017

Time Outdoor Stage Indoor Platform

12pm-12.30pm and 

Adriana Chew on Piano
(Jazz & Pop)



Band New Day

1. Jason Chung
2. 吴惠冰


Amery Reuben on Piano
(Jazz, Pop and Tango)

8.30pm - 9.30pm Performers:
1. 潘盈
2. 洪邵轩

Sun, 15 Oct 2017

Time Indoor Platform

12pm-12.30pm and

Klassique Music School: Classical

Band New Day

Jordan Wei
(Jazz and Pop)


DiVine—Donnie & Vanessa

8.30pm - 9.30pm Jordan Wei
(Jazz and Pop)



anniversary gift set
Anniversary Gift Set

Produced in commemoration of the National Museum of Singapore’s momentous 130th anniversary, this boxed gift set is a showcase of the museum’s rich history, in particular its treasured collection of artefacts and images accumulated over the years. Designed by renowned local designer Theseus Chan and his agency WORK, the exclusive gift set features reproductions of 50 significant photographs, postcards and building plans, some published for the first time. Viewed as a whole, the selection traces the museum’s evolution from its ethnographic and natural history focus as the Raffles Museum, to its wartime survival during the Japanese Occupation, and its post-war transformation into a National Museum, bearing the memories, hopes and dreams of the people of Singapore.

Retail Price: $60 (Special price of $50 till 31 Dec 2017)

(Re)Presenting Histories: Experiences and Perspectives from the National Museum of Singapore

(Re)Presenting Histories: Experiences and Perspectives from the National Museum of Singapore
Paperback, 160pages | Retail Price: $25 | ISBN: 978-981-11-3935-2

Dome in the City

Dome in the City
Paperback, 124 pages | Retail Price: $25 | ISBN: 978-981-11-0887-7

The merchandise are on sale at the MUSEUM LABEL shop located on the ground floor of the National Museum.


Immersive Scent-sations at the Glass Rotunda

As part of the museum’s 130th anniversary celebrations, three special scents have been introduced to Story of the Forest, an interactive art installation by teamLab that is housed within the museum’s unique Glass Rotunda.

The first scent, Welcome Flowers, greets visitors as they enter the upper rotunda, bringing to life the constellation of flowers that cascade from the top of the dome structure. As visitors make their way through the passage, they will encounter the second scent, Story of the Forest, as they interact with the flora and fauna within the virtual forest. The digital landscape comes to life at the base of the Glass Rotunda, where visitors will experience the third scent Relaxing Forest, as they witness trees flourishing before their eyes, as well as playful animals coming out of their hiding places amid the foliage.


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This October, celebrate the 130th birthday of one of Singapore’s beloved and iconic cultural institutions! Come discover the National Museum’s fascinating history, the building, its galleries and people behind it though art installations and guided tours led by our curators and docents. Enjoy live music performances, craft activities for children, giveaways, some retail therapy, food and more as you reacquaint yourself with the National Museum of Singapore. Download the programme brochure here for details.

Free admission to all galleries. All birthday weekend!

Thu, 12 Oct | 10am – 7pm (last admission 6:30pm)

Fri – Sun, 13 – 15 Oct | 10am – 10pm (last admission 9pm)

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!