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.
Singapore's lost historic waterfront has been recreated in a grand panorama, and its forgotten glory rediscovered. In this SG50 year when we look back in time, the waterfront was first seen by every migrant ancestor coming by boat as they envisioned a better life, awed by the display of commercial power of Singapore's global companies that determined people's livelihoods for almost 200 years. Settling here and blessed with opportunities, generations of innovators adapted cutting edge technology and ingenious design to create world renowned landmarks and infrastructure. Proud of their achievements, Singapore's diverse communities would come together to celebrate and cheer at the grandest events, and after independence, when the waterfront was one of our national symbols printed on money, our first President laid a foundation stone to honour past generations. Today at Collyer Quay, with a few isolated buildings left, this exhibition combines the present with the past in a complete landscape that is holistically appreciated, and resplendently panoramic.
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.
Italy: The Beauty of Knowledge presents a multi-sensory and immersive experience, spanning themes such as health, environment, space, food and nutrition, as well as cultural heritage.
This showcase by A*STAR presents a series of captivating images that reflect the influence of science in the everyday.
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.