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.
With more educational opportunities for girls and the arrival of female immigrants from China in the 1920s, women began to occupy more visible public roles in a previously patriarchal society. Some of these women later made important contributions in various women’s causes, such as education and charity, which helped to enhance the welfare of women at that time.
Through an array of personal belongings ranging from richly embroidered cheongsams, intricately crafted shoes to simple personal trinkets, discover how both the affluent Straits-born and migrant Chinese fought to express their modern identities and the challenges they faced in working out their roles.
Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.
Join us at the National Museum’s first ever after-hours youth event, organised by our inaugural Youth Panel! Enjoy a night at the museum as you embark on a thrilling journey through our latest exhibition, An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819, collecting clues and completing tasks to win prizes. Or chill out at our marketplace with light bites, good music, and some late-night shopping!
Life Underground invites visitors on a journey through the subways of the world and into the personal stories of their passengers.
A month-long visual festival celebrating the best in news photography, organised by The Straits Times
Conducted by the National Museum of Singapore’s Care Facilitators, this tour seeks to enable seniors, persons with dementia and their care partners to have an enjoyable time at the museum, and to explore artefacts and stories from yesteryears that they might be familiar with.