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Family Fun at the National Museum

27 Jan 2020 - 12 Dec 2020
Various Venues
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes

Here at the National Museum of Singapore, there are many exciting ways for the whole family from children to grandparents alike to discover Singapore’s rich social history together. Join us for a full day of family programmes on the dates listed below! Explore our galleries at your own pace with our interactive Get Curious! Family Guide, try to spot artefacts with our Early Learning Resources, keep your minds active and hands busy at our inter-generational 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


27 Jan                         Lunar New Year Celebrations – click here for the full list of programmes and details!

21 Mar                         March Holidays!

30 May – 31 Jul         Children’s Season 2020: Get Curious!

6 Jun                           Hari Raya Celebrations

8 – 9 Aug                    National Day Celebrations

7 Nov                          Deepavali Celebrations

12 Dec                        Christmas Celebrations


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 nhb_nm_programmes@nhb.gov.sg for enquiries.



Get Curious at the National Museum of Singapore!

The National Museum of Singapore has launched its very first interactive guide for children and families based on the permanent galleries.

Get Curious! – The Official Interactive Family Guide to the National Museum of Singapore supports your visit to the museum and presents information on our galleries and collection in a fun and accessible manner, through various interactive elements across 116 pages. Get Curious! is on sale at the Museum Label shop on Level 1 at $24.90.

Click here for a special sneak preview of some pages! 

An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819
Now till 29 Mar | 10am – 7pm | Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level | Free admission for citizens and permanent residents

Explore the 200 years leading up to the establishment of an entrepôt in Singapore in 1819, beginning with the bustling world of trade in the East Indies that attracted the Dutch and British East India Companies from the early 17th century. The European entry into the region, for better or worse, was only part of its longer history. This exhibition is a telling of that story, and a reflection of the broader forces at play that culminated in the events of 1819.

Ship Deck

All Aboard! An Interactive Learning Space for Families and Children

What was life on a ship like for people who sailed to the East Indies?

Board an interactive ship, specially created for families with children, to find out how sailors navigated the seas in the past, the items people brought for their long sea journeys, and the challenges faced at sea. Learn the ropes – some of the important knots used by sailors – and scale the upper deck of the ship for a bird’s-eye view of the other sections of An Old New World.

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An Old New World Family Trail
For ages 5 and above

Parents of preschool-age children can pick up the Family Trail, a set of six activity cards featuring information and prompts to engage you with the exhibition as a family. What was it like to be an explorer at sea? What plants and animals were found in the East Indies? Who were the people in the region and what was life like for them? Let’s find out more together!

The Family Trail is available for loan only at the gallery entrance. Please return the activity cards when you exit the gallery.

To promote sustainability, you are encouraged to download a copy here.


Explorers Guide

An Old New World Explorer’s Guide
For ages 7 – 12

Navigate through the exhibition with this booklet as a guide! With the help of fun activities and reflective questions, your child will examine artefact highlights, learn more about trade in the region from the 1600s–1800s, and better understand the experiences of explorers in the East Indies.

Limited copies are available at the visitors’ counter and exhibition entrance.

To promote sustainability, you are encouraged to download a copy of the booklet here.

Storytelling Sessions: Orang Laut Tales by MoonShadow Stories
Sat, 21 Mar | 2pm & 3.30pm (30 mins per session) | Meeting Point: Entrance of the Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level | Free | Ages 4 – 8

Climb on board our magnificent ship deck and discover An Old New World through the eyes of some of Singapura’s earliest inhabitants, the Orang Laut. Be enthralled by the seafaring life of these skilled sailors and navigators who guided trading ships through the Straits waterways, and try your hand at making your own paper boat!

Limited to 25 children per session on a first come, first served basis. Register at the entrance of the gallery 10 minutes before each session.

Drop-in Craft Activities
Sat, 21 Mar | 10.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 5pm | Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement Level | Free | Ages 4 and above

Come make your own wooden nautical fridge magnet! This will be our last craft session inspired by the nautical aspects, spices, flora and fauna of An Old New World. No registration required. While stocks last!

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources 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. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

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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