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 1849, when it opened on Stamford Road as the Raffles Library and Museum.
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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.
This exhibition tells lesser-known stories of Singapore's history 200 years before the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles, as part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration.
There's something for everyone in this exciting line-up of programmes! Celebrate important occasions with us, hear from our curators and speakers about interesting topics related to the exhibition, An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s-1819 and participate in programmes specially designed for youth, families and children.
Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world. However, our relative peace and calm should not be taken for granted. We invite you to join us in our travel back in time to 200 years ago, when the Police was only a 12-man team, and how we have evolved against dynamic threats to keep Singapore safe and secure.
Lunar New Year is observed around the world, but what are some practices that are unique to Singapore? Hear from Frank Fu – the author and illustrator of Let’s Celebrate (大家来过节), a series of light-hearted books about festivals in Singapore – as he shares his thoughts on practices unique to Singapore such as lo hei (the practice of tossing raw fish salad).
Celebrate the year of the Rat with your friends and family at the National Museum! Enjoy a lion dance performance, a myriad of fun activities for everyone, and get a chance to create your very own craft to take home with you.
Mark your calendars with these dates and bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents alike, to discover Singapore’s rich social history together!
This exhibition is the second of the three-part series about the lives of women in Singapore.