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.
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.
1 – 30 Jun Children’s Special at the National Museum: Get Curious!
9 – 10 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.
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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.
This June, Children's Special celebrates the launch of our special publication for families, Get Curious! – The Official Interactive Family Guide to the National Museum of Singapore. Discover four magical story worlds at our basement level, and join fun programmes to satiate your curiosity about people, plants and animals, treasured items, and food!
This exhibition explores the world of food packaging in Singapore, from the early bottling and canning factories in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, to the light industries of the 1960s - 1970s when food was manufactured in factories.
Join us for an exciting line-up of programmes this June holidays! Celebrate Hari Raya with us by experiencing iftar (the breaking of fast) at the museum, paired with an exclusive after-hours visit to our Packaging Matters exhibition, or join us for a day of festivities during our Hari Raya Open House.
Moving Memories presents seven of Yip Yew Chong’s life-sized murals which seek to express the romance of “places and moments… that blend sights, sounds, smell and tastes”.