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.
This exhibition explores the world of food packaging in Singapore, from the early bottling and canning factories in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, to the light industries of the 1960s - 1970s when food was manufactured in factories.
Join us at the National Museum this April for a line-up of exciting programmes! Complement your visit to our new exhibition, Packaging Matters: Singapore's Food Packaging Story from the Early 20th Century with our LSOH programme and an exclusive curator’s tour.
Moving Memories presents seven of Yip Yew Chong’s life-sized murals which seek to express the romance of “places and moments… that blend sights, sounds, smell and tastes”.
Mark your calendars with these dates and bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents alike, to discover Singapore’s rich social history together!