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.
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!
This memorial exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore chronicles the life and political career of Singapore’s first Prime Minister and founding father Lee Kuan Yew.
This exhibition pays tribute to the women who were at the forefront of community service, specifically from the mid-19th century onwards.
Taken over a span of ten years, these photographs by award-winning architectural photographer, the late Jeremy San Tzer Ning (1976-2013), represent a passionate, ambitious and wide-ranging undertaking to capture Singapore’s endangered early Modernist architecture.
Ole Ole Temasek is a tribute to the legends, the artistes, the musicians, the movers and shakers of the Malay pop music of the last five decades (1965-2015).
Through the use of photographs, WWII artefacts, court transcripts and video clips, the exhibition will present key cases covering war crimes committed at various locations in Singapore during WWII.
Explore this latest collaboration between MUSEUM LABEL, FARMSTORE and Hans Tan, showcasing local designs which transform eight everyday items into 40 creative and meaningful objects.
To commemorate Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence in 2015, the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) is organising an open call for all Singapore artists for a site specific commission.
Staging the first Formula 1® night race at Marina Bay made Singapore the focus of global attention in 2008. But this is only half the narrative, as for 13 years from 1961, the Lion City also gained international attention when it hosted the Singapore Grand Prix of both car and motorbike races
The Steinway No.1 Historical Exhibition is an interactive exhibition that will showcase three historical pianos – the featured legendary No.1 piano (1836), the Square Piano (1877), the Wagner Piano (1888) – as well as the modern day Steinway Model D Concert Grand.
Inaugurated in 2006, the Singapore Young Photographer Award (SYPA) is the first national-level photography award of its kind incepted for youths between 13 and 25 years old.
ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu, Singapore’s most prestigious photography award, makes its debut at the National Museum of Singapore. From 20 August to 5 September, the award’s nominated photographers – Ang Song Nian, Eugene Soh, Jeannie Ho, Ken Cheong, Lavender Chang, Neo Xiaobin and Wilfred Lim
This exhibition is a culmination of Salgado’s photographic works taken at over 30 different destinations from 2004 to 2011. Dramatic, moving and grand, Salgado’s photographs present powerful images of our fragile planet and the intricate association between Man, animal and the environment that we all have a duty to protect.
We: Defining Stories presents a series of photojournalistic images of the iconic moments in Singapore’s post-war years from the 1950s till 2013.
This exhibition is a return to the islands, in memory and spirit, to recover the stories of those who lived, worked and played there. With new video interviews, archival images, historic boats, personal mementoes and specimens of marine life, the exhibition charts the changes that have taken place and how a new generation is rediscovering our islands and forging new links to them. Come and explore Singapore's offshore islands anew, and be inspired to even visit these places yourself.
This special exhibition centres around the theme of My Childhood and features familiar playgrounds and larger-than-life games of yesteryear, interactive installations including new works by local and international contemporary artists such as Justin Lee, Anastassia Elias and Guixot De 8, and special film screenings.
Beyond its lush greenery and resplendent orchids, the Singapore Botanic Gardens has a long history that reflects Singapore’s own journey of development. Come find out what makes the Gardens more than a garden!