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.
Experience the Labour Movement’s story, intertwined with Singapore’s history, as it makes its way into the future. From the struggles during the pre and post-independence days of Singapore to the triumphant moments of our common history, witness how the Labour Movement evolved into the modern movement it has become today.
A month-long visual festival celebrating the best in news photography, organised by The Straits Times
Dynamic Beauty in Science offers an appreciation of how cells move, divide and interact with one another. The video sequences presented were created through microscopy techniques such as live-cell imaging and 3D imaging which enable scientists to gain a deeper understanding of the complex organisation and dynamic processes within cells and tissues.
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.
The National Museum presents "The Future is Today: Climate Change and the Power of Nature" in conjunction with the Singapore Night Festival 2019. This visual art showcase features a series of immersive and engaging contemporary art installations by both local and international artists, highlighting the global issue of climate change and the importance of sustainability.
Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme is a flagship economic independence initiative that connects ASEAN’s heritage through the ancient art of textile weaving in Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia.
Enjoy artworks presented by primary-school artists, as part of the Singapore Youth Festival art exhibition, Artist and Citizenship. Don't miss the opportunity to hear from some of the artists, in one of the Saturday workshops.
Since 2010, Wallpaper* has commissioned the best creatives and manufacturers to create original, one-off luxury items for its annual showcase. For the 2019 edition, eight Singapore-based designers have been commissioned by Wallpaper* to be part of this exhibition. Their creations will debut at the Singapore Design Week, followed by the Milan Design Week.
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.
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 DigiMuse programme is an initiative by the National Museum of Singapore that seeks to build a vibrant cultural sector, as well as engage with the wider technology industry to encourage creative experimentation in cultural spaces.
This showcase by A*STAR presents a series of captivating images that reflect the influence of science in the everyday.
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.
The World Press Photo exhibition, hailed as the "Oscars" of photojournalism, returns to Singapore at the National Museum from 6 - 28 October 2018.
An exhibition in Singapore of photographs of the collections from the Gold Museum in Bogotá, Colombia
Singapore’s Playgrounds: 1930 – 2030 is an exhibition developed by the National Museum of Singapore in collaboration with the Housing Development Board.
Inaugurated in 2008 by the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum, the triennial APB Foundation Signature Art Prize returns for its fourth edition in 2018.
The DigiMuse programme is an initiative by the National Museum of Singapore that seeks to build a vibrant cultural sector, as well as engage with the wider technology industry to encourage creative experimentation in cultural spaces. The programme invites artists, technologists and culture professionals to co-create projects, and provide considered interventions that showcase the possibilities of integrating culture and technology.
This exhibition showcases a series of photographs that highlights both the immense complexities of in-island and inter-island/country movement, and the human rights implications involved in such displacements.
What life was like for women in pre-Independence Singapore is the first of a three-part series by the SWHF in collaboration with the National Museum. The second, in 2019, will look at the key issues affecting women in Singapore since Independence, and the final exhibition in 2020 will look at what lies ahead.The Lives of Women series of exhibitions is the Hall of Fame’s second collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore.
76 years after the fall of Singapore, rediscover this watershed event through a special international exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.
In conjunction with the Singapore Design Week 2018, get an exclusive up-close look at the Vanda Dendrobium – an electric supercar named after a genus of orchids native to Singapore.
The exhibition features a selection of five international projects that include Virtual Reality explorations, micro-CT scanning technology and innovative optical systems, and augmented reality as well as a fascinating performance that employs the use of brainwave technology.
IS ANYONE HOME? is an exhibition on childhood by Superhero Me, an inclusive arts movement which works with children from diverse backgrounds. It explores the worlds of six children through mixed media work and seeds possibilities of a future where children of different abilities can grow and learn together.
This exhibition explores the first ten pivotal years of independence (1965 – 1975) that shaped Singapore’s history, and the important roles and leadership of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team who laid the foundations for modern Singapore.
Be mesmerised by the icy waters, colourful skies, and diverse wildlife of one of the world’s most fascinating environments – the Arctic – in this stunning exhibition brought to you by the High Commission of Canada and the Embassy of Finland, in celebration of Canada’s 150th and Finland’s 100th birthdays. Visit www.iceinthetropics.com for more information.
Following the first debut in Paris last March 2016, the Yokan Collection will be presented in Singapore through a gastronomic and cultural showcase where guests will be invited to unravel a once unknown and hard to understand part of the Japanese way of life.
The World Press Photo exhibition, hailed as the "Oscars" of photojournalism, returns to Singapore at the National Museum from 3 to 26 March 2017.
Held in celebration of the 20th year since the founding of the Museum Roundtable, this exhibition brings visitors through the history of Museum Roundtable, introducing the many institutions and their collections.
Titled An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Biennale 2016 will feature contemporary artworks by more than 60 artists across Southeast Asia, and East and South Asia.
What is Not Visible is Not Invisible broadly surveys the imaginary and the temporary through selected artworks from the French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art (FRAC). The title and design of this exhibition take inspiration from the artwork of the same title by French artist Julien Discrit.
Singapore Young Photographer Award (SYPA) organised by City Developments Limited (CDL) was incepted in 2006 as a nationwide photography competition that aims to groom young photographic talents between 13 and 25 years old.
Celebrating Radio: Sounds from the Past traces the evolution of Singapore’s broadcasting history from the 1930s to 1980s through radio permits and photographs, as well as a selection of radios from different eras.
Explore the finest artefacts the world has to offer at this highly-anticipated exhibition from the British Museum in London!
Provocative images that sear your mind, heart-breaking photos of grief and pain - these are some of the powerful images on display at the World Press Photo Singapore exhibition.
As Singapore marks 50 years of independence, the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame celebrates the contributions of the nation’s pioneering women. Come and discover the stories behind these remarkable women!
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.
Soul & Sensibilities is a poetic collection of artworks showcasing the intricate interaction between photography and Chinese brush painting. Seamlessly marrying the techniques of the two mediums, each artwork conveys a unique, meaningful narrative. This collection is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between avid photographer Kwek Leng Joo and master painter Lin Lu Zai. Kwek’s photos reveal the soul of nature while Lin’s strokes and calligraphy add a touch of sensibility, resulting in a new art expression that is much more than the sum of its parts.
Learn more about our nation’s manufacturing achievements at the National Heritage Board’s 50 Made in Singapore Products exhibition.
Children’s Season at the National Museum of Singapore returns with another fun-filled exhibition to celebrate the June school holidays. Don’t miss the engaging performances and family-oriented activities as well. Let your young ones play at the museum and have fun!
Experience Singapore’s transformation through the ages as it went from a humble fishing village to the pride of an empire, before finally achieving the status of being an independent nation-state as it is today.
Learn about Singapore’s first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination – visit More than a Garden today!