We: Defining Stories

Exhibition Gallery 1,
10am - 6pm

We: Defining Stories presents a series of photojournalistic images of the iconic moments in Singapore's post-war years from the 1950s till 2013. A collaboration with The Straits Times, the exhibition is an opportunity for everyone to revisit some of the more significant events in our nation's history, and reflect upon our own experiences that were borne out of these moments. Come and discover how your stories have defined Singapore's present, and how they continue to define our future.

Free Guided Tours  (from 17 May onwards)

Meeting Point: Outside Exhibition Gallery 1, Basement, National Museum of Singapore
Estimated duration for each guided tour: 60 minutes.
Limited to 15 pax on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuesdays and Fridays (begins on Tuesday, 3 June and ends on Friday, 29 August) 12.30pm and 3.30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 11.30am and 2.30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 4pm

*Mandarin guided tour on 30 Aug (Sat) will commence at 3pm instead.


"So Singaporean" Photo Contest

Show us how Singaporean you really are! Re-create one of the three photos below from the exhibition and 10 lucky winners will stand a chance to win an EZ-Link Card or Kopitiam Card worth $100 each!

How to join
1. Choose one of the following photographs below to re-create.

Queenstown residents whose flats have been selected for the Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers).
30 April 1996
Photo: Lim Seng Tiong


Tze Swee Poh, after queuing for over 10 hours, with his haul of Hello Kitty soft toys from McDonald’s.
Photo: Alphonso Chan

Patrons using packets of tissue paper to reserve or “chope” seats at Lau Pa Sat Festival Market during lunch hour.
9 April 2010
Photo: Joyce Fang

2. Re-create your selected photo in your own unique way, complete with costumes and props! Spoof it, make a parody, inject a cheeky twist—the sky’s the limit!

3. Snap away!

4. Use the hashtag #WeDefiningStories and #SoSingaporean to post your photo on FaceBook, Instagram or Twitter.

All entries must be posted on FaceBook, Instagram or Twitter by Friday,25th July, noon

The 10 winners with the best entries will be announced on Friday 1st August. The winning entries will be released on all social media platforms of the National Heritage Board and the National Museum of Singapore.

Terms and Conditions

i. Participants must use the hashtags #WeDefiningStories and #SoSingaporean for their posts to qualify for this contest.The insertion of unique captions for each re-created photo is optional and not a criteria for the photo contest.

ii. By posting photos with the hashtags, #WeDefiningStories and #SoSingaporean, it is agreed that the participants signify acceptance and agreement to all the terms and conditions stipulated by the Organiser, the National Museum of Singapore.

iii. Each participant is allowed to submit multiple entries.

iv. All costs and logistics to “re-create” the photo are to be borne by participants. The Organiser will not be responsible or held liable for any loss or damage, personal or otherwise, injury or death, howsoever arising from the participation in this competition. Participants are strongly encouraged to exercise due precaution when re-creating the photos.

v. The Organiser reserves the right to amend the rules, regulations as well as submission and end dates of the competition without prior notice.

vi. All participants shall grant the Organiser non-exclusive and perpetual license and rights to use and publish all photo posts with the hashtags #WeDefiningStories and #SoSingaporean on the Organiser’s social media platforms and other promotional channels.

vii. The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any participant if their entries are deemed unsuitable for publication.

viii. The organiser intends no disrespect, intentional or unintentional, to the subjects of the photos that can be re-created.

ix. The 10 EZ-Link and Kopitiam cards worth $100 each will be issued at random to the 10 winners of the contest. The Organiser apologises in advance that winners are not allowed to choose their preferred prize.

x. This competition is not open to the staff of the National Heritage Board or its affiliates.

Family Time

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.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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