National Museum of Singapore 130th Anniversary Celebrations - Museum Tours

Various Venues
Various Timings
Ticketing Charges Apply

Director’s Tour: Welcome to the National Museum

by National Museum director Angelita Teo
Fri, 13 Oct | 8pm
Sun 15 Oct | 5pm
(60 min each)
$50 per person, maximum 20 persons each tour.

National Museum director Angelita Teo has worked at the museum in various capacities for over 15 years. Come meet her as she takes you on a special tour of the museum. See how the museum has grown and changed through Angelita’s eyes and uncover little-known interesting trivia and stories about the museum. Get a glimpse of what the museum will become as Angelita shares her thoughts and aspirations for the museum during the tour.



Curator Tours

Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 Oct | Various Timings (45 min each)
$25 per person, maximum 20 persons.Meet the curators of the National Museum through various themed tours and get to know about more about its collection and how the galleries were put together!


Looking at Design through Objects

by Curator Vidya Murthy
Sat, 14 Oct | 11am

Explore how design has been essential in daily lives. Curator Vidya Murthy will take you through two galleries, Modern Colony and Surviving Syonan, and examine various objects on display including the modes of packaging, advertising, propaganda posters and cooking tools. Discover how social and cultural contexts shape the different forms and influence our own responses.


Up Close and Personal: Painted Portraits in the Museum’s Collection

by Curator Daniel Tham
Sat, 14 Oct | 3pm

What goes into a portrait painting, and what’s the story behind the portraits in the museum’s collection? In this tour, join curator Daniel Tham as he goes up close and personal with the figures in Singapore’s history that have found their way onto canvas and now the museum’s gallery walls.


Curating Special Exhibitions

by Curator Priscilla Chua
Sat, 14 Oct | 6pm

Join curator Priscilla Chua as she shares how the museum puts special exhibitions together with a visit to Witness to War: Remembering 1942, a special exhibition that was launched to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore this year. Get behind the scenes as Priscilla takes you through the space and shares the curatorial approach behind Witness to War.



All the World’s a Stage: Ways of Exhibiting

by Curatorial Fellow Iskander Mydin
Sun, 15 Oct | 11am

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. For a social history museum, what is most important? Objects or the history/context – or both?

Curatorial fellow Iskander Mydin examines these questions as he shares how the museum’s permanent galleries were designed to enhance visitor understanding and experience of the national collection and our history.



Exploring Object Biographies

by Curator Sharon Lim
Sun, 15 Oct | 3pm

The museum’s collection began with the donation of two ancient gold coins by Temenggong Ibrahim of Johore in 1849, and grew to include artefacts relating to numismatics, zoology and the ethnology of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Looking at a selection of artefacts in the Singapore History Gallery, curator Sharon Lim will share her research on how some of these objects ended up in the museum’s collection over the years.



Encounters with the National Museum

by Museum Docents
Fri – Sun, 13 – 15 Oct | Various timings

Limited capacity for each tour. On-site registration at the museum’s Visitor Services counter is required and will commence 30 minutes before the start of each tour.


National Museum Historic Tours for Families

Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 Oct | 11am & 3.30pm (45 min each)

Limited to the first 15 adult-child pairs. On-site registration at the museum’s Visitor Services counter is required and will commence 30 minutes before the start of each tour.


An Art Trail

Embark on a special journey through a suite of art installations sited in and around the museum. Relook the various sites and spaces of the museum, reacquaint yourselves with the museum as a building and social space, and re-examine the stories told in its galleries.

La Bétonnière Boule à Facettes by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoît Deseille
12 – 22 Oct | 6.30pm – 11pm | Front of Museum, Level 1

Constellation of One* by Kirsten Berg
12 Oct – 31 Dec | Front Lawn, Level 1

SONICconversation by Zul Mahmod
12 – 22 Oct | Glass Passage, Level 2

Pondok Irama by NADA
12 – 22 Oct | Glass Atrium, Level 2

Basha* by Gerald Leow
12 Oct – 31 Dec | Stamford Green, access from Level 2 Coach Bay

*Constellation of One and Basha were previously presented as part of the exhibition Lock Route at Gillman Barracks.

National Museum Historic Trail

Take the National Museum Historic Trail to locate marked sites, learn how the museum building has changed over the years with several redevelopment works, and appreciate key architectural features in Singapore’s most loved and iconic cultural institution.

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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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