Family Fun at the National Museum

Various Venues
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes

Here at the National Museum of Singapore, there are many exciting ways for the whole family to discover Singapore’s rich social history together, from toddlers to grandparents alike. Join us for a full day of family programmes on the dates below! Explore our galleries at your own pace and try to spot artefacts with our Early Learning Resources, keep your minds active and hands busy at our intergenerational workshops and sensory playdates, join a tour to discover interesting facts about Singapore and the world, and more! Check this page regularly for updated programme details.


Date                Theme


16 Mar             March School Holidays: School's Out, Play's In!

1 – 30 Jun       Children’s Season 2019: Stories In Things

9 Aug               National Day

12 Oct              NMS’s 132nd Anniversary

23 Nov             Grandparents’ Day

21 Dec             December School Holidays: Play and Celebrate!


If anyone in the family has a special need (e.g. autism, wheelchair user), you may find the information on our Accessibility page helpful.


Email for enquiries.



Sat, 16 Mar


Sensory Playdate by Home Play Singapore

10.30am & 2.30pm (1.5 hrs per session) | Goh Seng Choo Gallery & Glass Atrium, Level 2 | $20 per child | Age 1.5 – 8


Join us for a fun family bonding session through sensory play at our Magic & Menace exhibition! Start the session with a short self-guided tour of the gallery to discover the plants and animals of 19th-century Malay Peninsula. Then visit 7 activity stations to search for insects and feed "birds" at the sensory trays, create your own play dough collage with nature materials, paint with a "durian", build a bird’s nest, hunt for eggs, and make your own bird toy to bring home!


Limited to 25 children per session at $20 per child and $15 for each additional sibling (adults FOC). Each child must be accompanied by a parent. Visit to register.


Toymaker: Make Your Own Wind-Up Space Shuttle by Amazing Art Shuttle  

2.30pm (1 hr) | Growing Up Gallery, Level 2 | $10 per parent-child pair | Age 4 – 8


Take a trip back in time with your young ones to explore popular children’s games of the 1960s! Join us for an interactive tour of the Growing Up gallery, followed by a craft activity using everyday objects to create and design your very own wind-up toy!


Limited to 15 parent-child pairs. Visit to register.

Intergenerational Art Jamming with Nature Sketcher Tham Pui San

3.30pm (2 hrs) | Outside Goh Seng Choo Gallery, Level 2 | $10 per adult-child pair | Age 7 and above


Calling all grandparents/parents and children! Join nature sketcher Tham Pui San at the museum as he brings you through our Magic and Menace exhibition, and guides you on the techniques and skills of using crayon as a medium in drawing.


Limited to 12 families at $10 per adult-child pair and $5 for each additional adult. Visit to register.

This programme is presented in collaboration with ACE Seniors

National Museum Building Tour for Families

10.30am (45 min) | Rotunda, Level 1 | Free | Age 7 and above


Join us on a learning journey around the museum and discover more interesting gems about this 130-year-old building.


Limited to 15 pairs of parent and child on a first come, first served basis. Pre-register at or register on-site from 10am at the Rotunda, Level 1.

Drop-in Craft Activity – Friends from the Forest

10.30am – 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free | Age 4 and above


Come pick up a colouring template and learn fun facts about some of the colourful birds commonly found in Malaysia and Singapore. Afterwards, head to our Goh Seng Choo gallery to find out more!


No registration required. While stocks last. Last admission at 4.45pm.


Colouring templates are designed in collaboration with Kelly Reedy from ArtWorks and STAEDTLER.

Timmy & Tammy Discover Singapore Hawker Food – Storytelling by author Lianne Ong

2.30pm & 4pm (30 min per session) | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free | Age 4 – 8


Hawker centres are a common fixture in Singapore today, but did you know that these vibrant food hubs did not always exist here? Discover some favourite hawker dishes and popular ingredients in this engaging children’s storytelling session and teaser to our upcoming Packaging Matters exhibition in April!


Each session is limited to 30 children on a first come, first served basis. On-site registration starts from 2pm beside the drop-in craft station at the Glass Atrium, Level 2.


About the Storyteller

Lianne Ong is a children’s author from Singapore. She is best known for her Stacey & the Museums series about museums in Singapore. Stacey Goes to the National Museum and Stacey Goes to the Peranakan Museum received the Second Prize award at the Samsung KidsTime Authors’ Awards 2015. Her new series, A Place for Us, is a six-title picture book series about special needs and will be released in 2019. For more information, visit


Early Learning at the National Museum – 123, ABC and Colours Booklets

10am – 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | $5 per set of 3 booklets | Age 1 – 6


Visit our permanent galleries and play spot-the-artefact with our Early Learning Resources! These colourful booklets introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs.


Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop, and a discounted price of $5 per set at our Glass Atrium booth on Family Fun days.

Moving, memories

Moving Memories Art Installation and Activity Sheet for Families and Friends

1pm – 5pm | Gallery10, Level 1 | Free


Catch our special exhibition Moving Memories, which features a selection of Yip Yew Chong's life-sized murals. These murals seek to express the romance of "places and moments... that blend sights, sounds, smell and taste". Savour these moments of our tangible and intangible heritage, such as barbers in back lanes and fortune tellers, traditional kopi-making and road-side communal satay-eating, as they come alive through animation, soundscape and projection right here in our gallery. You can also pick up an Activity Sheet at the entrance and use the prompts to have some fun conversations with your family and friends!

Family Time

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.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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