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.
Staging the first Formula 1® night race at Marina Bay made Singapore the focus of global attention in 2008. But this is only half the narrative, as for 13 years from 1961, the Lion City also gained international attention when it hosted the Singapore Grand Prix of both car and motorbike races. In the mid-1900s, Singapore was widely regarded as the motor racing capital of Asia. Marked by the twists and turns of a World War, urban development, innovation and the individual drives of Singapore motor enthusiasts, the history of motor racing on the island is entwined with Singapore's rise as a modern city-state. Travel almost a century back to 1907 to discover the whole story of motor racing in Singapore.
Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.
Mark your calendars with these dates and bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents alike, to discover Singapore’s rich social history together!
Learn more about the dark history of comfort women during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in our February edition of HistoriaSG.
Co-presented by the National Museum of Singapore and The Ryan Foundation, Unhomed Belongings presents artworks by two creative minds, Lucy Liu from the United States and Shubigi Rao from Singapore.
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!