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.
Do not miss this rare display of highlights from an exquisite collection of costumes once owned by the late veteran couple, Liew Seng Wah and Pak Choy Yoke. The two artists were eminent in Singapore during the post-war years of the 1940s and 1950s, when Cantonese opera performances and films enjoyed a boom.
In the early 20th century, opera artists travelled to perform in Singapore and other key cities in the region and took with them new ideas and creative trends. This included the introduction of densely sequined costumes and accessories made of sparkling man-made stones. These became a must-have in the 1950s for leading female and male performers of Cantonese opera in Singapore.
Bedazzled presents a glimpse of this period of visual opulence, and offers an insight into the social history of Singapore through the lives of the opera artists.
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!