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What's On

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A Voyage of Love and Longing

Drawing inspiration from the practice of belayar (voyage) in the Malay Archipelago during the 19th century, A Voyage of Love and Longing invites visitors to re-trace the complex emotions at its different points, from departure to return, through the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.

Goh Seng Choo Gallery, Level 2, Daily from 10am – 7pm Last admission at 6.30pm.
Free admission for Citizens & Permanent Residents
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An Old New World: Digital Edition

An Old New World: Digital Edition allows you to virtually explore the exhibition An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819, which features personal collections from the families of Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar, as well as treasures from international museums such as the Royal Collections Trust, London to highlights from our National Collection.

Free Admission
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National Museum of Singapore brings you #doseofculture! In an effort to make our programmes available online to you at home wherever you are in the world, check out our page to inspire you with ways to learn, relax and support your own creativity.

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Every Body Plays a Part - A Showcase of Public Health Crises and Responses in Singapore

Drawing from the National Museum’s collections, this online showcase explores a little-known side of Singapore’s history of public health. The exhibition highlights the measures taken to stem the spread of contagious diseases on the island, the introduction of vaccines, the creation of hospitals and the roles played by key local personalities as well as the public campaigns aimed at encouraging a clean and hygienic environment. The online showcase aims to present its artefacts in a new narrative context - the history of infectious diseases starting from the late 19th century and through the decades and the various measures undertaken to deal with them

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Early Learning Resources

Enjoy these special resource kits comprising of activity guides and audio/video clips to encourage children to learn more about the museum's collection through fun music and movement activities!

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Family Fun at the National Museum

Mark your calendars with these dates and bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents alike, to discover Singapore’s rich history together!

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
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Growing Up

Set against the larger historical context of Singapore’s early years as a young nation, this gallery offers the parallel societal changes in the tumultuous 1950s and 1960s through the kampung, school and entertainment venues.

Level 2, Growing Up Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm. Last admission at 6.30pm.
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below


A series of talks by academics and researchers on topics relating to Singapore's history and culture.

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History of the National Museum of Singapore

This mural was painted over four days in a style inspired by the 19th-century landscape paintings held by the National Museum of Singapore (NMS), and presents the Museum’s rich history and collection.

Grand Staircase, Level 1, Daily from 10am – 7pm.
Free admission
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A Lighter Side Of History

A Lighter Side of History celebrates Singapore’s diverse multicultural heritage, from food and dress to the different languages and customs passed down over the years. Featuring a range of fun and engaging hands-on workshops, talks, performances and demonstrations by heritage experts as well as collectors and practitioners, A Lighter Side of History is designed for everyone from beginners to history enthusiasts.

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Modern Colony

By the end of the 19th century, Singapore was already a global city brought about by an influx of people, ideas and goods from Asia and Europe. This gallery explores the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore as British Crown colony in the 1920s and 1930s.

Level 2, Modern Colony Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm. Last admission at 6.30pm.
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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#MuseumFromHome: Get Curious!

A timeless repository of online resources and programmes developed by the National Museum for families to enjoy the #MuseumFromHome.

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Singapore History Gallery

The Singapore History Gallery’s updated narrative charts the development of the island as it was known through the years as Singapura, a Crown Colony, Syonan-To, and finally, Singapore.

Level 1, Singapore History Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm Last admission at 6.30pm.
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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Singapore, Very Old Tree

Created by renowned local photographer and artist Robert Zhao, this exhibit at the bottom of the Glass Rotunda showcases 17 images of trees around Singapore and highlight intimate stories of each.

Level 2, Glass Rotunda, The exhibition will be closed for maintenance on 13 & 14 September. Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.15pm.
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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Story of the Forest

Experience the treasured collection of the National Museum brought to life through a spectacular digital presentation, and be transported to 20th century Malaya as viewed through the eyes of artists of that time and reimagined today by interdisciplinary art collective teamLab.

Level 2, Glass Rotunda, Daily from 10am - 7pm; Last admission is 6.15pm.
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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Surviving Syonan

This gallery shines the spotlight on how the people of Singapore coped with daily life and responded with grit and resourcefulness to the Japanese Occupation, a period of great adversity and abject scarcity. It celebrates their resilience, tenacity, resourcefulness and self-reliance.

Level 2, Surviving Syonan Gallery, 10am – 7pm Daily; Last admission is at 6.30pm.
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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Voices of Singapore

Through cultural artefacts including music, performances, television and theatre, this gallery explores how Singaporeans constructed a complex terrain of self-expression in the 1970s and 80s.

Level 2, Voices of Singapore Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm.
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre by homegrown artist Suzann Victor presents a chorus of eight kinetic chandeliers that “sing” with movement as they sway in a dramatic midair choreography of light.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, Daily from 10am – 7pm.
Free admission
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Exhibition05 NOV 2022 - 05 FEB 2023

The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022

Come and experience Japan's beloved Manga Doraemon, through the works of globally renowned contemporary Japanese artists such as Takashi Murakami, Mika Ninagawa and Yoshitomo Nara

Various Venues, To be advised
Programme08 OCT 2022 - 09 OCT 2022

National Museum’s 135th Anniversary Retro Party

Celebrate our 135th birthday in your '70s to '90s retro-inspired outfit and visit the museum for a fun-filled day of exciting activities! From craft workshops to free old-school snacks giveaway, there is something for everyone.

Basement Level, 11am – 6pm
Free Admission; Kindly note that Craft Workshops are ticketed.
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Exhibition15 AUG 2022 - 30 SEP 2022

Our SG Heritage Plan 2.0

Come explore more about Our SG Heritage Plan 2.0 (HP2), Singapore’s second heritage masterplan that celebrates Singapore’s rich history and continues to tell the Singapore Story. Share your ideas and thoughts at the booth and on the interactive site now.

Longer Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm.
Free Admission
Exhibition10 AUG 2022 - 31 DEC 2022

Hawkapura: Atmosphere, Character, Flavours

In visualising and creating various everyday and specialty dishes across generations, Singapore has proudly carved its own identity and passion centring around the subject of food.

LED Wall, opposite The Salon, 10am - 7pm.
Free Admission
Exhibition10 JUN 2022 - 30 OCT 2022

OFF / ON: Everyday Technology that Changed our Lives, 1970s – 2000s

OFF / ON. Step into this immersive showcase and explore how everyday technological tools changed and shaped the lives of Singaporeans from the 1970s to 2000s.

Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, 10am – 7pm. Last admission to the gallery on 30 Sept is at 1.30pm. The gallery will also be closed earlier on Saturdays, and other selected days in preparation for the Escape Room Game, with last admission at 5.30pm. View the full list of affected dates for the Oct Escape Room Game slots below. The museum may bring forward the last admission timing earlier than as stipulated, in consideration of the crowd situation during peak periods especially Saturday afternoons.
Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs. For full admission details, please view the Visit page for details.
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Programme26 DEC 2021 - 31 DEC 2022

“Dear Senior,”: A Digital Inter-generational Pen Pal Corner

Discover some questions posed by children to their senior pen pals and find out what life was like for our seniors when they were young!

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Programme01 APR 2020 - 31 DEC 2022

Senior Programmes at the National Museum

The National Museum is committed to supporting the health and well-being of seniors, including persons living with dementia, through meaningful and engaging programmes and resources that are based on the museum’s collection and galleries.

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Programme12 DEC 2018 - 31 DEC 2022

School Programmes

The museum has refreshed its programmes to offer students a variety of opportunities to discover Singapore's history and culture - through investigation, engagement of senses and conversations - and to relate them to present-day issues. Click here to find out more about the various learning opportunities at the museum!

Various Venues, Various Timings
Free Admission