Past Programmes

Past Programmes

Hari Raya Pic
Programme22 JUN 2019

Hari Raya Celebrations at the National Museum

Come visit us for a festive day out at our Hari Raya Open House on 22 June!

Various Spaces, 11am - 5pm
Free Admission
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Programme08 JUN 2019

Lighter Side of History - It Takes All Types: A Special Talk by Singapore Red Cross [CANCELLED]

Commemorate World Blood Donor Day in June by attending an interactive programme conducted by Singapore Red Cross (SRC), and find out how you can make a difference!

Gallery 10, 2pm
Free Admission
Programme18 MAY 2019

International Museum Day 2019

Join us as we celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) and find out more about the past and future of museums, in line with this year's IMD theme - Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Traditions. Attend a HistoriaSG talk to learn about the development of early natural history in Singapore through the story of the Malayan Tapir!

Various Venues, 11am - 5pm
Free Admission
Family Fun
Programme06 APR 2019 - 07 APR 2019

Packaging Matters Opening Weekend Special!

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of activities to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, as part of the Singapore Heritage Festival!

Various Venues, 11am - 6pm
Free Admission
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Programme12 MAR 2019 - 31 MAR 2019

Polaroid Closing Month Special

Catch our special exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology before it ends 31 March! Complement your visit with a host of exciting programmes. Click to find out more!

Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement Level, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission at various timings
polaroid camera
Programme17 NOV 2018 - 31 MAR 2019

In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology - Programmes

Join us at the National Museum this November for a line-up of exciting programmes! Complement your visit to our new exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology with a cyanotype workshop and an exclusive curator’s tour.

Various Venues - See Programme details for more information, Various Timings
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Programme22 FEB 2019

HistoriaSG - February 2019

Learn more about the dark history of comfort women during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in our February edition of HistoriaSG.

The Salon, Level 1, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
$5 per pax
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Programme09 FEB 2019

Lunar New Year Celebrations at NMS

Join us in celebrating Lunar New Year with your friends and family at the National Museum! Enjoy a lion dance performance, or learn more about traditional Chinese puppet theatre and watch a live demonstration in our
special edition of A Lighter Side of History. You can also create a special festive keepsake at our drop-in craft stations, and enjoy a live music performance of Lunar New Year tunes.

Various Venues, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission
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Programme19 JAN 2019 - 26 JAN 2019

Digital Talks: Open Call 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.

Various Venues, Various Times
Free Admission
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Programme17 JAN 2019

DigiMuse Connects

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 Canyon, Basement Level, 6pm - 9pm
Eurasian food
Programme01 DEC 2018

A Lighter Side Of History - Eurasian Christmas

This December, learn more about Eurasian food culture and get a chance to taste delicious home-cooked Eurasian dishes in A Lighter Side of History!

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm - 3pm
$15 per pax
Priya Rangoli
Programme03 NOV 2018

A Lighter Side of History: The Art of the Rangoli

Join us at the National Museum this November for a line-up of exciting programmes! Find out more about the art of rangoli and learn how to make your own in the Deepavali special of A Lighter Side of History.

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm - 3pm
$10 per pax
Banner, 500x500
Programme13 OCT 2018 - 14 OCT 2018

NMS 131st Anniversary Celebrations

This October, celebrate the 131st birthday of one of Singapore's beloved and iconic cultural institutions!

Various Venues, 11am - 5pm
Free Admission
Playgrounds, Matali, Opening
Programme12 MAY 2018 - 30 SEP 2018

The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 – 2030 Programmes

Join us with your family and friends for this exciting line-up of programmes that has been organised specially for the exhibition, The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 – 2030.

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Mandakini, Arora
Programme22 SEP 2018

Historia SG: At Home in Singapore

Singapore is a country that is grounded in migration. How have we as individuals—or the generations before us—made it home?

Gallery Theatre, Basement Level, 2pm - 3pm
Free Admission
Matali, CS 2018
Programme26 MAY 2018 - 13 SEP 2018

Children's Season 2018

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 - 2030, this year's Children's Season at the National Museum invites young visitors to explore different types of play experience at the museum. Families can look forward to a fun line-up of interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, storytelling sessions, family workshops, engaging performances, and more!

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Programme01 SEP 2018

My Family Weekend

Join us on 1 September for My Family Weekend, and enjoy performances, workshops, storytelling and craft activities with your family! From the young to the young at heart, there's something for everyone.

Various Venues, 10am - 7pm
Payment applicable for pre-registered programmes, free entry for walk-in activities
Asian, Games
Programme01 SEP 2018

Singapore and the World

In this talk, Stefan Huebner will discuss the Asian Games’ origins and heritage from its YMCA-founded predecessors of the 1910s – 1930s to the precursor of this year's edition, the 1962 Fourth Asian Games in Jakarta.

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm - 3pm
Free Admisson
Programme25 AUG 2018

A Lighter Side of History: Unsheathed! The Mystery of the Keris in the Malay Archipelago

Spend a meaningful Saturday afternoon with us at the National Museum this August as we bring you talks on an impressive aerial survey of 100 playgrounds across Singapore, and keris, the beautiful but often misunderstood cultural artefact.

The Salon, Level 1, 2pm - 3pm
Free Admission
Digimuse, Conference
Programme23 AUG 2018

Digital Conversations: Open Call 2018

Digital Conversations: Open Call 2018 is the latest edition of the National Museum's DigiMuse series of talks. Based on the projects to be showcased at DigiMuse Presents, local and international speakers will share their journey and experiences in developing their projects with museums and cultural institutions.

The Salon, Level 1, 10am - 5pm
Free Admission
Programme09 AUG 2018

National Day Open House 2018

Celebrate Singapore's 53rd birthday with us at the National Museum of Singapore!
Come dressed in your best red-and-white outfit and join us for a day of fun programmes inspired by Singapore's icons, including exhibitions about our history and culture, live music performances and a showcase of short films!

Various Venues, 10am - 8.30pm
Free Admission
Agnes, orchid
Programme21 JUL 2018

A Lighter Side of History: Agnes and Her Amazing Orchid

In this National Day Special, join Linda Locke, Agnes’ great-grandniece and author of Agnes and Her Amazing Orchid: How Vanda Miss Joaquim Became Singapore’s National Flower, and the book’s editor Eldes Tran for an insightful discussion.

NMS, Salon, Level 1, 21 July, 2pm- 3pm
Documenting, Serangoon Rd,
Programme23 MAR 2018 - 30 APR 2018

Singapore Heritage Festival at the National Museum - Documenting: Serangoon Road

Discover Serangoon Road through this photographic collaboration between the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the National Youth Achievement Award Young Photographers Network (NYAAYPN).

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission
Matali, Playgrounds
Programme20 APR 2018 - 22 APR 2018

Matali Crasset

Matali Crasset from France is the artist behind the National Museum of Singapore's latest installation The Dynamic Lines of Our Nest, one of Singapore's first art installations commissioned specifically for families with toddlers

Level 1, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
memories, screens, playground
Programme19 APR 2018 - 22 APR 2018

Memories and Screens: Our Playground

Inspired by Arthur Yap’s famous poem “2 Mothers in an HDB playground”, Our Playground is a selection of films set at Singapore’s historical playgrounds. Like the poem, these films explore the psycho-social landscape of playgrounds as a lens to read society and the personal relationships which connect us all.

Gallery Theatre, Basement Level, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
camera, photography
Programme14 APR 2018

A Lighter Side of History: A Sharing Session by a Panel of Ex-Rolleians

In this month's A Lighter Side of History hear from ex-Rolleians who will share their stories and memories of working and playing together as a community, as well as showcase their personal Rollei equipment that they have kept over the years.

NMS, Salon, Level 1, 2pm- 3pm
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Programme29 JAN 2018 - 02 APR 2018

DigiMuse Open Call for Digital Art and Innovative Concepts

As part of the National Museum of Singapore’s new DigiMuse initiative, we invite all creative innovators and artists to submit digital art and innovative concepts that would help enhance visitor experience at the museum. Submitted proposals should focus on themes such as museology, culture, heritage, research and gallery experience.

witness to war
Programme23 SEP 2017 - 25 MAR 2018

Witness to War: Remembering 1942 Programmes

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

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Japanese, Film, Festival
Programme02 MAR 2018 - 18 MAR 2018

Japanese Film Festival 2018

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns for its 21st edition, bringing the best of new Japanese cinema to the audiences in Singapore. Presented by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with Japan Creative Centre (JCC),the official screening schedule of 16 Japanese films will be held from 2 to 18 March (excluding 6-8 and 15 March).

Gallery Theatre, Basement Level , Various Timings
$13 per Ticket
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Programme27 JAN 2018 - 17 MAR 2018

GosTan Back - A time-travelling adventure on wheels by MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions

GosTan Back is a story about a young boy who gets the chance to save the future by going back in time. Young audiences will experience our local history and artefacts in this interactive theatrical journey through the National Museum’s Singapore History Gallery, which features storytelling and a whole lot of hands-on fun!

The Canyon, Basement Level
$8 per ticket for each pair of parent and child. Visit for registration.
Graphic Design, History,
Programme08 MAR 2018

Singapore and the World - When Commerce Meets Art: A History of Graphic Design in Singapore Since the 1960s

An industrialisation drive in the 1960s not only boosted Singapore's economy but gave rise to the country’s pioneer graphic designers. This led to the establishment of the nation’s first design school, Baharuddin Vocational Institute (BVI), which laid the foundations for Singapore’s graphic design scene with its multinational exchanges of ideas, technology and people.

The Salon, Level 1, 7pm - 8pm
Free Admission
MR, Battle, Singapore
Programme22 FEB 2018 - 04 MAR 2018

Battle for Singapore 2018 Programmes

In commemoration of the 76th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, the National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable partners are organizing a series of special programmes.

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Lighter side of history
Programme24 FEB 2018

A Lighter Side of History: Discovering the Myths and Wonders of Chinese New Year

Learn more about the history and culture of Chinese New Year in the first A Lighter Side of History programme of the year.

National Museum of Singapore, 11am - 12pm
Cosa, Mentale, Digimuse
Programme02 FEB 2018 - 03 FEB 2018

Digital Showcase: Cosa Mentale

Cosa Mentale is a brainwave performance where a drawing is produced by the hand of one volunteer, through a connection to the artist’s brain. Volunteers will explore the mechanisms of loss and control in the drawing process. As the two individuals collaborate in silence, the performance poses the question of who has is really controlling the creative process – who begins and finishes the drawing?

Perform Room, Level 3
Free with registration.
digital conversation
Programme29 JAN 2018 - 30 JAN 2018

Digital Conversations: New Technologies

Digital Conversations: New Technologies features a panel of international experts who will share their views and explore a cross-section of digital trends and applications related to museology, storytelling, and community engagement.

The Salon, Level 1 & Seminar Room, Level 2, 10am – 6pm
Seminar: Free with registration. Workshops: $25 (Early Bird Price), $35 with registration.
Programme13 JAN 2018 - 28 JAN 2018

Witness to War: Memories and Screens

For the first time, the National Museum, in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive, will be presenting Witness to War: Memories and Screens, a selection of films which document and remember the experience of World War Two in the Pacific and its aftermath.

Gallery Theatre and Theatre Foyer, Basement Level, Various Timings
Free with registration. Visit for registration.
Behind the Scenes
Programme27 JAN 2018

Special Talk: Behind the Scenes of Witness to War

How do we represent the harrowing tales of war? From lovers separated to the complexities of military battle, how do exhibition-making and animation bring the personal stories and experiences of a war that is over 70 years old come to life for new generations, and inspire us to look at our shared history anew?

The Salon, Level 1
Free Admission with on-line registration.
nms130 tours
Programme13 OCT 2017 - 31 DEC 2017

National Museum of Singapore 130th Anniversary Celebrations - Art & Historic Trails

Embark on an art or historic trail, and get reacquainted with the museum as a building and social space!

Various Venues, Various Timings
Free Admission
Programme30 DEC 2017

Once Upon a Time in Singapore – Flora and Fauna

Let our storytellers inspire your little ones with intriguing and colourful tales from the past! Featuring engaging dramatisation and interaction, these sessions are a wonderful introduction to Singapore’s history and heritage.

Outside Goh Seng Choo Gallery, Level 2, 2.30pm & 3.30pm (30 minutes session)
Free upon on-site registration. Admission fee to gallery applies.
Programme23 DEC 2017

Family Workshop – My Favourite 80’s Show!

Create your own personalised “television set” featuring your favourite 1980s TV programmes and your child’s favourite cartoons. Illustrate a storyline with your young one and bring it to life on your TV box!

Activity Space, Level 3, 2pm & 3.30pm (1 hour session)
Free upon on-site registration. Admission fee to gallery applies.
Programme09 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.

The Canadian component features photos taken by youth aged 14 to 20 during an Arctic expedition with Biosphere Environmental Education, an Ottawa-based organisation whose mission is to connect people to nature. The Finland component features awe-inspiring photos of the Northern Lights taken by renowned photographer Martti Rikkonen. The Singaporean component showcases the works of award-winning photographer Michael Aw, which depict the raw beauty of the Arctic, as well as its environmental fragility.
Visit for more information.

Various Venues, Various Timings
Free admission with registration
Programme23 NOV 2017 - 03 DEC 2017

Singapore International Film Festival

From Korean director Hang Hyeong-mo’s The Hand of Fate (1954) to Singapore’s very own Gerak Kilat (1966) by Jamil Sulong and the first Australian-Hong Kong coproduction The Man from Hong Kong (1975), the Festival’s Classics line-up draws attention to the region’s unique storytelling style of the popular cult genre.
Co-presented with the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, Nanyang Technological University, in celebration of the School’s 25th Anniversary in film and communications studies.

Various Venues, Various Timings
Standard Screening Ticket $12(excluding Sistic fee)

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