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.
Many traditional Chinese New Year customs are still practised by Singaporeans to this day. Well-wishes for one another, which can be conveyed in different Chinese dialects, offer a sense of community and are very much a part of our linguistic heritage. Other aspects such as food culture and the dos and don’ts during Chinese New Year can also be unique to the various dialect groups. Join us in a lively discussion with our speaker Kuan Eng, the author of a series of dialect pictorial books, who will also present live illustrations of various items associated with Chinese New Year.
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About the Speaker
Kuan Eng founded the “Sibey Nostalgic” Facebook page and has authored a series of well-received dialect pictorial books. As an ex-advertising creative director turned social worker, he observed a trend of Singaporeans losing touch with their dialects while pursuing economic progress. He hopes to reclaim this fast disappearing part of Singapore‘s heritage through his books, and reconnect Singaporeans with dialects in a fun and engaging way.
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.