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Lunar New Year Celebrations at NMS

27 Jan 2020
Various Venues
11am – 5pm
Free Admission
Celebrate the year of the Rat with your friends and family at the National Museum! Enjoy a lion dance performance, or learn about the different or similar practices celebrated by other visitors during Chinese New Year. You can also create a special festive keepsake at our drop-in craft stations, and enjoy a live music performance of Lunar New Year tunes.


Limited Edition Red Packet

Redemption of Limited Edition 'Rat' Packets

Be among the first visitors to grab these limited-edition red packets to usher in the Year of the Rat this Lunar New Year! All you have to do is say cheese and take a selfie on the ship deck in our An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819 exhibition.

1. Upload your selfie on your Instagram page. Don’t forget to hashtag #AnOldNewWorld!
2. Follow our Instagram page @natmuseum_sg if you haven’t already.
3. Verify the post with the gallery sitter at the end of the exhibition and the red packets are yours to keep!

Redemption starts on 4 January. The red packets are available while stocks last and on a first come, first served basis. Each visitor is entitled to only 1 complimentary set of red packets.

Drop-in Craft Activity

Drop-in Craft Activity: Keychain Art
11am – 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free Admission

Create your own customised and unique keychain! Draw your favourite Lunar New Year icons such as a lion, red packets, pineapple tarts or more and see your masterpiece turned into a keychain for you to hook onto your bags or keys.

While stocks last. Last admission at 4.50pm.


Storytelling: My Mummy’s and My Chinese New Year
2pm & 3.30pm (30 mins per session) | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free | Ages 5 and above

Step into a Chinese New Year when the family's tailor business kept even the youngest children busy and crowds cheered around firecrackers on the streets. As the story unfolds, paint cherry blossoms together with your child on a Chinese fan which you can take home after. An engaging and reflective session to spark inter-generational conversations for the family!

Limited to 25 children per session. Registration required at familyfunnms.peatix.com. Walk-ins accepted subject to availability of places.

Share a Memory

Share a Memory: Lunar New Year Chronicles
11am – 5pm | Shorter Concourse, Level 1 | Free Admission

Share with us your stories of Lunar New Year! What customs and traditions do you practise with family and friends during this festive season? Pen your story and see how similar or different your celebrations are compared to other visitors!

Music Performance

Live Music Performance
3pm – 3.30pm | Level 2 | Free Admission

Enjoy a special Chinese New Year music performance with talented musicians and groove to popular Lunar New Year Tunes!

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A Lighter Side of History: Symbols and Practices of a Uniquely Singaporean Lunar New Year
2pm – 3pm | The Salon, Level 1 | $10 per participant

Lunar New Year is observed around the world, but what are some practices that are unique to Singapore?

Hear from Frank Fu – the author and illustrator of Let’s Celebrate (大家来过节), a series of light-hearted books about festivals in Singapore – as he shares his thoughts on practices unique to Singapore such as lo hei. He will also decode the rich symbolism related to food, customs and practices during the Lunar New Year, and the surprising similarities and differences between the Lunar New Year and other festivals that are celebrated by the different ethnic groups.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a lo hei session in the museum to ring in the Lunar New Year with a toss to health, happiness and prosperity!

Limited spaces available. Visit lsoh-lny20.peatix.com to register now!

Lion Dance Performance

Lion Dance Performance
1.30pm | Outside the Singapore History Gallery, Level 1 | Free Admission

Don’t miss an exciting lion dance performance and join us as we welcome the Lunar New Year at the museum!


Screening of ‘The Reunion Dinner’ by Anthony Chen
4pm – 5pm | The Salon, Level 1 | Free Admission

Catch this locally produced short movie on family, written and directed by Anthony Chen, as it traces the relationship between 10 year-old Boon and his barber father, Teck.

Full movie is approximately 15 minutes and it will loop during the one-hour.

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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