What's On
What's On

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ExhibitionPERMANENT

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
An Old New World
ExhibitionPERMANENT

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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ProgrammePERMANENT

#Doseofculture

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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ExhibitionDIGITAL EXHIBITION

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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ProgrammePERMANENT

Early Learning Resources - Online Gallery Maps

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
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ProgrammePERMANENT

HistoriaSG

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

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ExhibitionPERMANENT

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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ProgrammePERMANENT

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
Kopi
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Moving Memories

Moving Memories presents seven of Yip Yew Chong’s life-sized murals which seek to express the romance of “places and moments… that blend sights, sounds, smell and tastes”.

LED Wall, opposite The Salon, Daily from 10am - 7pm
Free Admission
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ProgrammePERMANENT

#MuseumFromHome: Get Curious!

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

Free
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ExhibitionPERMANENT

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, 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 at 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, 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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ExhibitionPERMANENT

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
PTP Programmes
Programme24 MAY 2021 - 17 OCT 2021

Picturing The Pandemic Programmes

Join us for a series of the Picturing The Pandemic programmes, in complementary to your visit around the exhibition.

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
HT
Programme03 APR 2021 - 03 OCT 2021

Home, Truly Programmes

Join us for a series of Home, Truly programmes to relieve nostalgic moments and experiences in Singapore’s past and present that express our identity and collective memory as a people.

Various Venues, Various Timings
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PTP
Exhibition27 FEB 2021 - 17 OCT 2021

Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore

Made possible by people from all walks of life in Singapore, this exhibition tells the story of how people are coming together to respond and live through this local and global crisis, through photographs, short film and donated artefacts on view.

Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, Daily 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission
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Exhibition19 DEC 2020 - 03 OCT 2021

Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present

The National Museum of Singapore presents Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present in collaboration with The Straits Times, as part of the newspaper’s 175th anniversary.

Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, Daily from 10am - 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free Admission
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Programme01 APR 2020 - 31 DEC 2021

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.

Various Venues, Various Timings
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Student programming
Programme12 DEC 2018 - 31 DEC 2021

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