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Family Fun at the National Museum

16 Mar 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
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 with our interactive Family Guide "Get Curious!" 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


1 – 30 Jun       Children’s Special at the National Museum: Get Curious! 

9 & 10 Aug      National Day
21 & 22 Sep    An Old New World opening weekend

12 & 13 Oct     NMS’s 132nd Anniversary

23 Nov             Grandparents’ Day

21 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.



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An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819
21 Sep – 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 children as young as 7, 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.
Explorers Guide
An Old New World Explorer’s Guide
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.

To promote sustainability, you are encouraged to download a copy of the booklet here. Limited copies are available at the visitors’ counter and exhibition entrance.
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An Old New World Family Trail
Ages 5 and above

Parents of preschool-age children can pick up the Family Trail, a set of six thick-bound cards featuring activities 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 and how 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 your trail when you exit the gallery.
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Storytelling Sessions: Orang Laut Tales by MoonShadow Stories

21 & 22 September | 2pm & 3.30pm: Like A Fish
23 November & 21 December | 2pm & 3.30pm: I Smell Treasure!
Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level
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!

Like A Fish
Listen to stories of hunting dogs, sword makers and children who dive deep into the sea to spear fish!

I Smell Treasure!
Join us for stories of aromatic spices, poisonous blowpipes and fighting pirates!

Limited to 25 children per session on a first come, first served basis.
Drop in craft AONW
Drop-in Craft Activities

21 & 22 September, 12 & 13 October, 23 November, 21 December | 10.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 5pm
The Canyon, Basement Level
Age 4 and above

Come try your hand at a wide array of crafts inspired by the nautical aspects, spices, flora and fauna of An Old New World. While stocks last!
Get Curious Book

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 their 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! 

Special Campaign

Special Campaign for “Get Curious!” readers!


Do you have a toy with an interesting story to tell? Participate in our “What’s Your Toy Story?” campaign and share your story with us from now until December 2019! Entries with the most interesting stories will stand a chance to be displayed in our Growing Up gallery and win attractive prizes sponsored by LEGO*!

Check out the submission card at the back pocket of the book for more information or click here for the campaign Terms & Conditions. Submit your entry into the box at the Visitors’ Services counter today! Winners will be contacted via email within the campaign duration.

*Prizes sponsored by LEGO are suitable for children aged 12 and below. 

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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An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819

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