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The front block of the museum building dates back to 1887. It features an elegant neo-Palladian design, a European style of architecture characterised by a highly symmetrical façade and the use of pediments above windows.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Mark your calendars with these dates and bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents alike, to discover Singapore’s rich history together!
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.
A series of talks by academics and researchers on topics relating to Singapore's history and culture.
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.
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.
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.
A timeless repository of online resources and programmes developed by the National Museum for families to enjoy the #MuseumFromHome.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us for an afternoon of relaxing activities at the museum. We invite you to slow down, be in the present moment and enjoy the activities
that are inspired by our artefacts and stories.
Travel through time and through scenes of Singapore, both past and present, featuring Yew Chong’s life-sized murals.