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.
A renaissance of traditional Malay music took place in the 1990s. Popularised by artists such as Ramli Sarip, M. Nasir and many others, this style of music is a fusion of Western pop and traditional Malay music. It eventually came to be known as Nusantara.
In conjunction with the Singapore Heritage Festival exhibition “Ole Ole Temasek – 50 Years of Singapore Malay Pop Music”, A Lighter Side of History offers a talk by Art Fazil, which will also feature a performance of Nusantara hit songs by his band.
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Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.
The World Press Photo exhibition, hailed as the "Oscars" of photojournalism, returns to Singapore at the National Museum from 6 - 28 October 2018.
Enjoy family time at the National Museum of Singapore every last Saturday of the month! Our fun line-up of activities includes interactive tours, storytelling sessions, family workshops, drop-in craft activities, captivating performances, and more.