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.
The National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum that seeks to inspire with stories of Singapore and the world. Its history dates back to 1887 when it opened on Stamford Road as the Raffles Library and Museum.
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Join us at the National Museum this November for a line-up of exciting programmes! Complement your visit to our new exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology with a cyanotype workshop and an exclusive curator’s tour.
Through a wide range of Polaroid artworks and artefacts, this exhibition offers insight into the story of Polaroid photography, while exploring the impact of instant photography and this social phenomenon of instantaneity on us today.
Step into the newly refreshed Goh Seng Choo gallery and explore the world of magic and supernatural beliefs as practised by traditional Southeast Asian societies.
Enjoy family time at the National Museum of Singapore every last Saturday of the month! Our fun line-up of activities includes interactive tours, storytelling sessions, family workshops, drop-in craft activities, captivating performances, and more.
Singapore Rhapsodies at National Museum is a bi-weekly music series that invites aspiring young musicians, students and music interest groups to showcase original self-compositions or popular Singapore songs on a unique Red Steinway concert grand piano.
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.
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.
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.
National Museum of Singapore