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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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?
Embark on an art or historic trail, and get reacquainted with the museum as a building and social space!
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.
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!
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.
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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.
Spend an afternoon at the National Museum with your family and enjoy fun-filled activities suitable for the young and the young at heart, this Grandparent’s Day! Families for Life and the National Museum invite everyone to kick start the festivities on Saturday, 25 November.
Exploring thirty years of Italian food in Singapore, “A History of Italian Cuisine in Singapore” focuses on the evolution and exchanges in food culture that have made Italian cuisine so popular and unique in Singapore.
The German Film Festival (GFF) will present its 21st edition from 2 to 12 Nov 2017. From art-house productions, to comedies, retrospectives and documentaries, the line-up showcases the multi-layered dynamism of contemporary life and current issues in Germany and of the world-at-large – with themes of migration, gender and European identity.
Join Associate Professor John W.P. Philips from the National University of Singapore, as he looks at how technology has helped transform Singapore and the world as we perceive it today.
This special edition of “Singapore and the World” presents the Italian photographer Alberto Fanelli in conversation with Singaporean sound artist Bani Haykal as they discuss their artistic practices, and the process of presenting a stereoscopic installation of street photography and sounds of Singapore.
Come discover the National Museum’s fascinating history, the building, its galleries and people behind it though art installations and guided tours led by our curators and docents. Enjoy live music performances, craft activities for children, giveaways, some retail therapy, food and more.
Join our various themed tours, and get reacquainted with the museum as a building and social space!
In this edition of A Lighter Side of History in conjunction with Deepavali, master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran will share the story of The Ramayana, the ancient epic at the heart of the festival.
Take a walk down memory lane with the Singapore Night Festival as it celebrates 10 magical years this August!
This August marks not only the month of Singapore’s independence 52 years ago but also the formation of ASEAN on 8 August 1967. This special edition of Singapore and the World celebrates the crossroads of Singapore’s national history with regional and global history.
In this National Day edition of A Lighter Side of History, Jimmy Lam will speak about his photo project, which documents Singapore's complex and diverse cultures, peoples and city landscape
Singapore turns 52! Come celebrate National Day at the National Museum with day-to-night programmes for the family.