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Visitors with Special Needs

Are you a parent/educator of a child with special needs? As part of the museum’s commitment to be more inclusive, our team at the museum has created a series of programmes and resources for children/students with additional needs to make the most of their visit. 



Through the Forest: An Illustration Workshop by Superhero Me

26 Nov | 10am – 11.30am | Seminar Room, Level 2
Suitable for children with special needs aged 5 – 12
$10/child refundable deposit. Accompanying adults welcomed

Through the Forest is a digital illustration workshop developed by Superhero Me with deaf wildlife illustrator Kenneth Chin and 11-year-old animal enthusiast Fong Git Yu. In this 90-min workshop, participants will follow our Forest Explorers to learn more about the animals found in Singapore's natural environment.

Inspired by the National Museum's William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings and teamLab’s Story of the Forest installation at the museum's Glass Rotunda, the workshop teaches participants how to draw using Procreate on an iPad and introduces them to animation to create GIFs.

Register now at https://ttforest2022.peatix.com/.

Please note:
  • This programme is developed for children with special needs and their families. In view of the limited slots available, NMS reserves the right to contact, cancel and refund ticket-holders not from this specified audience group.
  • This programme is free. A $10/child refundable deposit will be collected at registration, and will be refunded via your original mode of payment upon verifying your attendance.

  • Resources for Self-Facilitated Group Visits

    Special Education (SPED) schools can use the following free resources to enrich your students’ visits:

    1. Activity Booklets – print these out at home/school, or request for printed copies which will be passed to you at the start of your self-facilitated visit!

    Young Explorers’ Trail – Educators’ Kit

    • This kit is meant to be printed in A3, for educators to refer to/show to students

    • Related gallery: Story of the Forest 

    • Recommended for age 7 – 12

    Download here

    This Is My Country

    • Related galleries: Singapore History Gallery, Growing Up Gallery, Voices of Singapore
      Recommended for age 13 – 16

    Download here             


    2. Craft Templates – only available on-site. Request for them to be passed to you at the start of your self-facilitated visit!

    Tapir, Rhinoceros Hornbill and Malayan Porcupine stick puppets

    • Related gallery: Story of the Forest

    SPED  WF stick puppets completed

    Badang and Sea Monster finger puppet craft

    • Related gallery: Singapore History Gallery

    SPED - Badang and sea monster puppets 2 

    Paper doll craft

    • Related gallery: Growing Up Gallery

    SPED  foldover clothes and dolls complete 

    Paper doll craft #2: School Uniform

    • Related gallery: Growing Up Gallery

    SPED  paper dolls sch uniform complete 

    Cube puzzle craft

    • Related gallery: Growing Up Gallery

    SPED - Cube puzzles

    School bag craft 

    • Related gallery: Growing Up Gallery

    SPED - Old sch bag craft 1


    3. Handling Objects – for loan only and should be returned at the end of your visit in good condition. Request for them to be passed to you at the start of your self-facilitated visit!

    Visual instructions for old-school games

    • Educators who are loaning out games from our handling collection will find the PDF on the right helpful. Print out the discussion questions and visual instructions for each game, prior to your visit. 

    • Related gallery: Growing Up Gallery

    Download here


    4. Talking to Grandma About the War 

    Suitable for Primary 3 to Primary 5 levels, and recommended as a self-facilitated off-site programme (approx. 1.5 hours) in conjunction with Total Defence Day and/or National Day


    In this 19-minute video, students will learn about key events of the Japanese Occupation in Singapore through the eyes of Popo (Grandmother), and be introduced to key artefacts in the National Museum’s Singapore History Gallery and Surviving Syonan Gallery, such as banana money and food ration cards. Students will also make connections with the various aspects of Total Defence, through teacher-facilitated activities such as worksheets and a hands-on food rationing experience.


    This video is produced by the National Museum of Singapore with support from the National Heritage Board. It is adapted from the children’s book
    Timmy & Tammy: Talking to Grandpa About the War, written by Ruth Wan-Lau and published by Armour Publishing. Accompanying resources (comprising a lesson plan, PowerPoint slides and worksheet) are developed by APSN Katong School and will be provided in soft copy. Interested parties from Special Education (SPED) schools/organisations may contact nhb_nm_programmes@nhb.gov.sg to access the resources, and are encouraged to customise the resources to suit the needs of your students.


    To Book Self-Facilitated Group Visits

    From April 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.

    1. Group Visits on Quiet Mornings: As part of the museum’s commitment to be more inclusive, we have designated the first Saturday (9am – 11am), and first and third Thursdays (9am – 12 noon) of the month as Quiet Mornings to provide children with additional needs with a quieter and calming environment to experience the galleries. These slots are not available for booking on BookMuseums@SG. If you are a SPED school planning to visit on a Quiet Morning, please email nhb_nm_schools@nhb.gov.sg directly.

    2. For non-school organisations (e.g. VWOs) interested in booking group visits, please follow the instructions for “General Group Visits” here

    Upon receiving your booking through
    BookMuseums@SG or nhb_nm_schools@nhb.gov.sg, we will get in touch so you can request your desired resources and their quantity.
    For more information on the museum's commitment in ensuring the museum experience is accessible and enjoyable for all visitors, visit our Accessibility page below.  


    Click here for Accessibility