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Plan for a meaningful Historical Investigation trip for your students, or provide the opportunity for your students to learn independently as they explore the topics of home and belonging at NMS.

From Apr 2022, all bookings for school visits and programmes should be made through NHB's new online booking system, BookMuseums@SG. For more information on how to use BookMuseums@SG to plan for a school visit to the museum, click here.


A) Museum-based Learning Programme: Artefactually Speaking at the National Museum [Secondary 2 CCE Cohort Learning Journey]

Secondary, museum based learning programme

In this artefact-centric programme, co-developed with MOE, students will explore the museum galleries in independent groups, guided by a Passport activity booklet. Students will also get the opportunity to discover fascinating stories about specific artefacts throughout Singapore’s 700 years of history as they interact with our Museum Educators.

Please note that this programme is for Secondary 2 students from MOE schools only, as part of their CCE Cohort Learning Journey.

Curriculum Relevance: Character and Citizenship Education, National Education, and Lower Secondary History.

Recommended Level Available Session Duration
Capacity Cost
Secondary 2
Weekdays EXCEPT Quiet Mornings
(first and third Thursday morning of each month)
2 Hours
Min. 30 pax
Max. 120 pax

$8.64 per pax (inclusive of GST)


*Each student will receive a Passport activity booklet. Pre- and post-trip resources will also be provided for teachers to brief their students and to facilitate post-trip discussions.

National Museum Online Learning Experience: Artefactually Speaking

Online MBL screenshot

free digital edition of the programme is now available! Learn more about the lives of the Amahs, Chettiars and Eunos Abdullah in colonial Singapore through interactive videos that allow them to choose the stories they wish to explore. Access the full learning package by searching for "National Museum Online Learning Experience: Artefactually Speaking" on the Student Learning Space (SLS).


B) Historical Investigation

Historical investigations

Conduct your Historical Investigation at the National Museum, whose vast collection will provide you with many opportunities to encounter Singapore’s history from the pre-colonial to the post-independence periods. The galleries present immersive settings and voices of the past, which enable students to imagine what life in Singapore was like as they engage with the artefacts as part of the inquiry process.

Curriculum Relevance: Lower Secondary History

Recommended Level Available Session Duration
Capacity Cost
Secondary 1 & 2 Weekdays EXCEPT Quiet Mornings
(first and third Thursday morning of each month)
2 Hours
Min. 15 pax
Max. 100pax

The following resources have been developed in collaboration with the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST) to aid teachers who are planning to bring students to the museum for HI.

  1. Teacher's HI Resource Unit 1 Pre-Colonial
  2. Teacher's HI Resource Unit 2 Colonial Singapore
  3. Teacher's HI Resource Unit 3 Japanese Occupation
  4. Teacher's HI Resource Unit 4 Post Independence 


C) Docent-led Tour of Singapore History Gallery for Schools

Docent-led tours

Let our experienced docents enthral your students with stories about Singapore’s past as they lead them on a journey to discover Singapore’s history in this guided tour of the Singapore History Gallery.

Recommended Level Available Session Duration
Capacity Cost
Primary 5 onwards (ages 11 and above) Daily between
10am and 3.30pm
(except Quiet Mornings
on the first and third
Thursday mornings ofeach month)
2 Hours
Min. 15 pax
Max. 45pax

*Complimentary for Government Schools (Pri, Sec and JC), for up to 2 sessions per month only. More details are available here or below. Note that further restrictions on group size may apply.

Guidelines for Docent-led Tours

Due to limitations in number of docents and capacity for tours, we recommend that large school groups come for self-guided visits instead.

Tours are approximately an hour long and conducted in English, Mandarin or Japanese only. They are available only to the Singapore History Gallery and do not apply for other galleries in the museum, unless otherwise stated.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Guided tours are complimentary for 100% Govt Schools (Pri, Sec, ITE, JC, Poly), for up to 2 sessions a month per school. The 3rd session onwards in the same month for this category of schools will be chargeable at $200 per guide, 15 students to a guide, for up to a maximum of 45 students per session.

  2. Guided tour fees for all other schools are $204 per guide, 15 students to a guide, up to a maximum of 45 students per session. Each school may only book up to 2 sessions a month.

  3. Gallery admission fees apply separately. Admission into the Permanent Galleries is free for Citizens and Permanent Residents as well as teachers, students and staff from local government schools. Admission charges will apply for accompanying non-Singaporean and non-Permanent Resident adults who are not part of the school's faculty. Admission charges will also apply for all visitors into Special Exhibitions. Please refer to the Visitor Information page (click on "Tourists and Foreign Residents" under "Admission Prices) for definitions and details of admission charges.

  4. Requests for guided tours are subject to the capacity of our galleries and availability of guides. To ensure that your students and all other visitors have a fruitful visit, the museum reserves the right to reject or request that you reschedule your guided tour. When your guide has been confirmed, you will be advised on guide(s) and admission fees, as well as payment modes.

  5. Any cancellation or changes must be made at least 5 working days in advance on the BookMuseums@SG system. For schools that enjoy complimentary guided tours, a $50 administration fee will be levied for cancellations made less than 5 working days in advance or for no-shows.

  6. Payment for admission and guided tour fees (if applicable) can be made at the Visitor Services counter on the day of your visit, or through an e-invoice billed to your school after the tour.

  7. If no prior booking has been made and/or you do not receive a confirmation email, your group will not be allowed to join our daily scheduled tours or enter the galleries until a later time for capacity control reasons.

  8. If you have students on wheelchairs, do inform us at the booking stage so that we can make arrangements to ensure a smooth visit.