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, The gallery will be closed on 18 Jan from 10am to 7pm and 19 Jan from 10am to 3pm. Thank you for your understanding.
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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#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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ExhibitionPERMANENT

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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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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Programme04 FEB 2022 - 05 FEB 2022

Lunar New Year 2022: New Year, New Beginnings

Usher in the year of the Tiger with us! Learn about the history and symbolism of Lunar New Year with our hands-on workshops, music performances and exclusive sharing sessions.

Various Venues, Various Timings
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Dislocations
Exhibition29 JAN 2022 - 29 MAY 2022

Dislocations: Memory & Meaning of the Fall of Singapore, 1942

Dislocations: Memory and Meaning of the Fall of Singapore, 1942 is a commemorative exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of the British Surrender to the Imperial Japanese Army in Singapore on 15 February 1942.

Exhibition Gallery, Basement , Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free Admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents
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Programme29 JAN 2022 - 29 MAY 2022

Dislocations Programmes

Dive deeper into the memories and stories of the people who have been through the Fall of Singapore through a series of specially curated programmes for Dislocations: Memory & Meaning of the Fall of Singapore, 1942.

Various Venues, Various Timings
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Exhibition18 JAN 2022 - 01 APR 2022

THE LIVES OF WOMEN: What will life be like for women in Singapore in 2050?

This exhibition by Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (SWHF) will look at some key issues and trends affecting women in Singapore today and pose questions about what the situation might be like in 2050.

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am to 7pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition15 JAN 2022 - 06 FEB 2022

Through the Lens, Photo exhibition by The Straits Times and World Press Photo

The Straits Times' exhibition explores the impact of global climate change on Singapore and showcases how even a small country can do its part to tackle the challenges of the crisis.

Glass Atrium, Level 2 and The Canyon, Basement, 10am to 7pm
Free Admission
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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