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.
Join us for an exciting line-up of programmes!
Will Pragmatism Undermine Singapore’s National Identity?
Celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday with us at the National Museum of Singapore over the long weekend! Come dressed in your best red-and-white outfit and join us for two days of fun activities featuring Singapore’s icons, exciting performances and art installations, plus a live screening of the National Day Parade at the NMS front lawn on the 9th!
This special edition of Singapore and the World explores one of the most ubiquitous dishes served across the world today. The Singapore Noodles!
Singapore Rhapsodies at National Museum is a bi-weekly music series that invites aspiring young musicians, students and music interest groups to showcase original self-compositions or popular Singapore songs on a unique Red Steinway concert grand piano.
Learn more about the process of creating the 50-volume Singapore Chronicles series or about the Armenians in Singapore in our July edition of HistoriaSG.
This June, Children's Special celebrates the launch of our special publication for families, Get Curious! – The Official Interactive Family Guide to the National Museum of Singapore. Discover four magical story worlds at our basement level, and join fun programmes to satiate your curiosity about people, plants and animals, treasured items, and food!
Come visit us for a festive day out at our Hari Raya Open House on 22 June!
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!
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!
Join us for a fun-filled weekend of activities to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, as part of the Singapore Heritage Festival!
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!
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.
Learn more about the dark history of comfort women during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in our February edition of HistoriaSG.
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.
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 December, learn more about Eurasian food culture and get a chance to taste delicious home-cooked Eurasian dishes in A Lighter Side of History!
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.
This October, celebrate the 131st birthday of one of Singapore's beloved and iconic cultural institutions!
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.
Singapore is a country that is grounded in migration. How have we as individuals—or the generations before us—made it home?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Discover Serangoon Road through this photographic collaboration between the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the National Youth Achievement Award Young Photographers Network (NYAAYPN).
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
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.
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.
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.
75 years after the fall of Singapore, rediscover this watershed event through a special international exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.
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).
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.
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.
Learn more about the history and culture of Chinese New Year in the first A Lighter Side of History programme of the year.
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?
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.
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.