Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Signature Art Prize
Exhibition25 MAY 2018 - 02 SEP 2018

APB Foundation Signature Art Prize

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.

Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission
Digimuse presents, thumbnail
Exhibition04 AUG 2018 - 26 AUG 2018

DigiMuse Presents

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.

Various Venues, 4 Aug - 26 Aug, 10am - 7pm
Free with General Admission
Kadir Van Lohuizen
Exhibition08 JUL 2018 - 24 JUL 2018

Where Will We Go

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.

Canyon, Basement, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission
The lives of women, thumbnail
Exhibition10 MAY 2018 - 22 JUL 2018

The Lives of Women in Singapore

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.

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission
witness to war
Exhibition23 SEP 2017 - 25 MAR 2018

Witness to War: Remembering 1942

76 years after the fall of Singapore, rediscover this watershed event through a special international exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.

Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, 10am – 7pm (last admission at 6.30pm)
Free admission for Citizens, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
Vanda, Electric, Car
Exhibition05 MAR 2018 - 18 MAR 2018

Vanda Dendrobium Electric Supercar Showcase

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.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free admission
cave
Exhibition31 JAN 2018 - 04 MAR 2018

The Digital Showcase

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.

Concourse Gallery, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free admission with registration.
Rinn Chan
Exhibition17 JAN 2018 - 31 JAN 2018

IS ANYONE HOME? An exhibition exploring childhood in Singapore by Superhero Me

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.

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
weban
Exhibition22 SEP 2015 - 18 JAN 2018

We Built A Nation

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.

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
Exhibition09 NOV 2017 - 03 DEC 2017

Ice in the Tropics: A Canada 150 – Finland 100 – Singapore Arctic Collaboration

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.

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
Exhibition28 OCT 2017 - 29 OCT 2017

The Yokan Collection - Singapore Edition

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.

Gallery10, Level 1, 11am - 8pm
Free Admission
Exhibition03 MAR 2017 - 26 MAR 2017

World Press Photo Singapore, presented by The Straits Times

The World Press Photo exhibition, hailed as the "Oscars" of photojournalism, returns to Singapore at the National Museum from 3 to 26 March 2017.

The Concourse, Level 1 & The Canyon, Basement, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
Exhibition02 NOV 2016 - 26 FEB 2017

Museum Roundtable: A 20-Year Journey

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.

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
Exhibition27 OCT 2016 - 26 FEB 2017

Singapore Biennale 2016 at the National Museum

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.

Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
Exhibition07 OCT 2016 - 19 FEB 2017

What is Not Visible is Not Invisible

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.

Exhibition Galleries, Basement, 10am – 7pm (Opens from 1pm on Thursdays); Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
Exhibition07 SEP 2016 - 30 SEP 2016

6th CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award 2016 Exhibition

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.

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
Exhibition22 APR 2016 - 17 JUL 2016

Celebrating Radio: Sounds from the Past

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.

The Salon, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
Exhibition05 DEC 2015 - 03 JUL 2016

Treasures of the World from The British Museum

Explore the finest artefacts the world has to offer at this highly-anticipated exhibition from the British Museum in London!

Exhibition Galleries, Basement, 10am – 7pm
Admission charges apply
Exhibition29 JAN 2016 - 21 FEB 2016

World Press Photo Singapore Presented by The Straits Times

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.

The Concourse, Level 1 & The Canyon, Basement, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
a salute to the pioneering women of singapore
Exhibition09 NOV 2015 - 22 JAN 2016

A Salute to the Pioneering Women of Singapore

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!

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
Exhibition01 NOV 2015 - 31 DEC 2015

The Singapore Bund

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.

Front Lawn (Near to the Banyan Tree)
Free admission
Soul & Sensibilities
Exhibition23 OCT 2015 - 01 NOV 2015

Soul and Sensibilities

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.

Level 1, The Salon, Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free admission
50 made in Singapore products
Exhibition15 JUL 2015 - 13 SEP 2015

50 Made in Singapore Products

Learn more about our nation’s manufacturing achievements at the National Heritage Board’s 50 Made in Singapore Products exhibition.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, 10am - 6pm
Free Admission
Masak Masak 2015
Exhibition30 MAY 2015 - 10 AUG 2015

Masak Masak 2015

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!

10am - 6pm
Free admission
SINGAPURA: 700 Years
Exhibition28 OCT 2014 - 10 AUG 2015

SINGAPURA: 700 Years

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.

Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2, Basement, 10am - 6pm
Free admission for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents Admission charges apply for international visitors.
‘More than a Garden’ : An exhibition to share the heritage value of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status
Exhibition05 JUL 2015 - 19 JUL 2015

More Than a Garden

Learn about Singapore’s first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination – visit More than a Garden today!

Concourse, Level 1, 10am - 6pm
Free Admission
In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew
Exhibition25 MAR 2015 - 28 JUN 2015

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew

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.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, 10am - 8pm
Leading Ladies: Women Making A Difference
Exhibition09 APR 2015 - 21 JUN 2015

Leading Ladies: Women Making A Difference

This exhibition pays tribute to the women who were at the forefront of community service, specifically from the mid-19th century onwards.

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, 10am - 6pm
Moderns in Our Midst: A Photographic Tribute to Singapore's Modern Architectural Heritage
Exhibition17 APR 2015 - 18 MAY 2015

Moderns in Our Midst: A Photographic Tribute to Singapore's Modern Architectural Heritage

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.

Concourse, Level 1, 10am - 6pm
Ole Ole Temasek - 50 Years of Singapore Malay Pop Music
Exhibition17 APR 2015 - 17 MAY 2015

Ole Ole Temasek - 50 Years of Singapore Malay Pop Music

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).

Salon, Level 1, 10am - 6pm
Battle for Singapore: Case Files from the Singapore War Crimes Tribunal Exhibition
Exhibition15 FEB 2015 - 22 MAR 2015

Battle for Singapore: Case Files from the Singapore War Crimes Tribunal Exhibition

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.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, 10am - 6pm
Everyday Objects Showcase
Exhibition15 DEC 2014 - 31 JAN 2015

Everyday Objects Showcase

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.

MUSEUM LABEL @ National Museum of Singapore, Mondays to Sundays | 10am to 6pm
OPEN CALL | The RED Dot: Today and Tomorrow
Exhibition11 NOV 2014 - 22 DEC 2014

OPEN CALL | The RED Dot: Today and Tomorrow

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.

A Century of Motor Racing in Singapore
Exhibition12 SEP 2014 - 21 SEP 2014

A Century of Motor Racing in Singapore

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

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore, 10am - 6pm
Steinway No. 1 Historical Exhibition
Exhibition05 SEP 2014 - 14 SEP 2014

Steinway No. 1 Historical Exhibition

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.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, National Museum of Singapore, 10am - 7pm
5th CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award 2014 Exhibition
Exhibition13 AUG 2014 - 07 SEP 2014

5th CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award 2014 Exhibition

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.

The Concourse, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore, 10am – 6pm (till 2am during Festival days)
Icon De Martell Cordon Bleu 2014
Exhibition20 AUG 2014 - 05 SEP 2014

Icon De Martell Cordon Bleu 2014

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

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore, 10am – 6pm (till 2am during Festival days)
Genesis
Exhibition26 APR 2014 - 31 AUG 2014

Genesis

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.

Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement, 10am - 6pm
We: Defining Stories
Exhibition27 APR 2014 - 31 AUG 2014

We: Defining Stories

We: Defining Stories presents a series of photojournalistic images of the iconic moments in Singapore’s post-war years from the 1950s till 2013.

Exhibition Gallery 1, Basement, 10am - 6pm
Balik Pulau: Stories from Singapore's Islands
Exhibition02 JUN 2014 - 10 AUG 2014

Balik Pulau: Stories from Singapore's Islands

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.

National Museum of Singapore, 10am - 6pm
Masak Masak: My Childhood
Exhibition24 MAY 2014 - 03 AUG 2014

Masak Masak: My Childhood

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.

National Museum of Singapore, 10am - 6pm
‘More than a Garden’ : An exhibition to share the heritage value of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status
Exhibition07 MAR 2014 - 11 MAY 2014

‘More than a Garden’ : An exhibition to share the heritage value of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status

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!

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, 10am - 6pm daily

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