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Rejuvenating Our Museum

Parts of the National Museum of Singapore will be undergoing restoration and upgrading works. Together with the infrastructure upgrading efforts, the National Museum will also rejuvenate its permanent galleries. The museum will continue to remain open with exciting offerings, including special exhibitions and programmes, throughout the period.


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The National Museum of Singapore, a National Monument, will undergo restoration works and upgrading of facilities as part of our on-going efforts to preserve the building for future generations and to provide a quality museum experience for our visitors.

While the museum will refresh some of the displays in its Level 2 galleries (the four Life in Singapore galleries and the Goh Seng Choo Gallery which features a rotational selection from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings), the museum is exploring a larger revamp of its Singapore History Gallery and the Glass Rotunda experience.

More information on the restoration and revamp will be shared as the project progresses. You may access the below media documents for updates on the project:

Singapore, 11 January 2024 – National Museum of Singapore continues public engagement efforts and lineup of vibrant offerings amid ongoing restoration and upgrading works

 

Singapore, 7 June 2023 – Parts of the National Museum of Singapore will be undergoing restoration and upgrading works. The museum will continue to remain open with exhibitions, programmes as well as dining and retail offerings.

 

Opportunity for public to participate in engagements

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Our latest open call seeks objects and stories based on four key areas relating to life in Singapore between the 1920s to 1990s. Selected submissions will be archived and may be displayed at the revamped permanent galleries that are slated to reopen in 2025 and 2026. The open call will run from now till 15 May 2024.

Click here to find out more and take part in open call

We are also conducting engagements with stakeholders and the public on our approach and content at various stages of the revamp. Through these engagement sessions, the National Museum hopes to explore more ways to make its content and collection accessible to a wider audience. Those who are keen to be part of the engagement sessions may register their interest.

Click here to register your interest

Phased closure and opening periods

To facilitate the restoration and upgrading efforts, the museum will be closing our permanent galleries in phases starting 4 September 2023. The table below summarises the notable closure periods of the National Museum’s permanent galleries:

Estimated Closing Period
Level 2 Galleries Closed starting 4 September 2023
Glass Rotunda (at modern extension) Second half of 2024
Singapore History Gallery Early 2026

The revamped permanent galleries are slated to reopen in 2025 and 2026, whereby more details will be shared closer to date.

Ensuring a smooth visitor experience

With the commencement of the restoration and upgrading works at the National Monument building of the museum, the museum’s main Rotunda entrance will be closed from 26 February 2024. Visitors can enter via other convenient access points at the Museum Office building and the Reunion Social Space on Level 1 of the Museum. Visitors from Canning Walk at Fort Canning Park can continue to enter the museum via its Coach Bay on Level 2 and at Level 3. All entrances, except for the one at Level 3, are wheelchair accessible.

Click here for details on new entrance, pick-up and drop-off points

Updates to dining and retail offerings

Flutes restaurant has ceased operations from October 2023, while Supermama the Museum Store @ NMS, the Museum’s retail outlet, and the Food for Thought café will close in end-March 2024, in preparation for the building restoration works.

Visitors looking to recharge over light refreshments and meals during their visit can dine at Café Brera at Reunion, which will remain open throughout.

The Museum will continue to work closely with its tenants, and further changes to retail and dining operations will be shared when details are available.

Click here to learn about our current dining and retail offerings