Accessibility, Family, Quiet Mornings

ACCESSIBILITY

The National Museum of Singapore is committed to ensuring that the museum experience is accessible and enjoyable for all visitors. From December 2018, the museum will designate the first Saturday of every month (9am to 11 am) and the first and third Thursdays of each month (9am to 12 noon) as Quiet Mornings. This is part of the museum's commitment to becoming a more accessible and inclusive museum.

Access-friendly Amenities

The museum (including its galleries) and its facilities are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Service Dogs are also welcome. Access-friendly drop-off and pick-up points are indicated in the NMS Sensory Friendly Map

The following access-friendly amenities are also available:

  • Designated accessible parking is available for visitors with disabilities.

  • Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge at the museum’s Visitor Services counter on a first come, first served basis. A photo ID is required to borrow the wheelchair. We regret, however, that we will not be able to help users get around our galleries.

  • Stroller parking is available outside our galleries. Please approach a staff member to locate designated stroller parking areas.

  • Exhibition captions in large print in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil are available in all our galleries. Please return the printed copies after use. available in all our galleries. Please return the printed copies after use.
    Exhibition captions in these four languages are also available on the National Museum of Singapore Mobile App. Please download the app from the Apple AppStore or Google Play Store or in  APK format.

  • Sensory Bags are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. These bags are created for families with children on the autism spectrum. Each bag includes ear defenders, sensory maps, a visual schedule and sensory toys. A photo ID is required to borrow a sensory bag.

  • Quiet Corners have been designated as rest spots in the Singapore History Gallery.

See Amenities and Museum Etiquette for other amenities within the museum.

Quiet Mornings

The museum has designated the first Saturday of every month (9am to 11am), and the first and third Thursdays of each month (9am to 12 noon), as Quiet Mornings. Visitors who would appreciate a quieter and more relaxing environment are welcome to visit the museum during Quiet Mornings. The museum remains open to all visitors until 7pm and will accept all group visits after Quiet Morning hours.

The upcoming dates for Quiet Mornings are listed below. The museum will update this page if there are any changes to the dates.

2018

  • December: 6 and 20

2019

  • January: 3, 15 and17

Group Visits on Quiet Mornings

The museum will prioritise group visits from Special Education schools, the special needs community, and seniors during Quiet Mornings.

Group bookings from mainstream schools and other organisations will be accepted from 12 noon (on Quiet Mornings on Thursdays), and from 11am (on Quiet Mornings on Saturdays).

If you are planning to organise a group visit to the museum, please visit our Group Visit page for instructions and resources on how to do so.

Plan Your Visit

  • All galleries and the Food for Thought café will be open to visitors at 9am during Quiet Mornings.

  • Sensory Maps are available for you to use to prepare for your visit ahead of time. In addition to indicating the museum’s access points, they also highlight some of the sights and sounds you will experience, and identify quiet and less-crowded areas, as well as rest spots within the museum.

  • Social Stories that provide a visual guide on what to expect during a visit to the museum are available for download prior to your visit.

  • Our Visual Schedule comprising a planner with picture cards can help you plan your visit to the museum.

For Sensory Maps, Social Stories & Visual Schedule, please see Accessibility Tools and Resources below

Accessibility Tools and Resources

Sensory Maps

The museum may be a daunting place for those who are sensitive to stimuli or have mobility issues. To plan a visit to suit your loved one, you can use our Sensory-friendly Map to identify high sensory areas as well as areas that are quieter, well-lit and less crowded, or rest spots where you can take a break.

Specific sensory maps are also available for our biggest gallery, the Singapore History Gallery. These sensory maps also include a suggested wheelchair-friendly route.

You can obtain a map from our Visitor Services counter on Level 1, or download your own below.

  • Sensory map of the National Museum of Singapore (large print version)

  • Sensory map of the National Museum of Singapore

  • Sensory map of the Singapore History Gallery for persons with additional needs and/ or physical disabilities

  • Sensory map of the Singapore History Gallery for seniors, persons with physical disabilities and/ or dementia

Social Stories

These social stories enable schools and family visitors to show children what to expect during a visit to our museum, to allow for a more enriching experience. The step-by-step photo guide illustrates how to enter the museum, galleries that you can visit, and how you can make your museum visit a pleasant experience.

You can read them online as a webpage, or download a copy to print out prior to your visit to the museum.

Visual Schedule

A visual schedule is a simple planner using picture cards to communicate a series of activities to be done at the museum. It is useful for caregivers with children who have a need for structure and predictability in their lives, and who might need guidance with keeping track of activities or help with a sense of time. You can print out the visual schedule and picture cards to plan your visit with your loved one before visiting the museum. A physical copy of the visual schedule will also be included in the sensory bag available for loan.  

Image of Visual Schedule

Sensory Bag

The Museum has prepared five sensory bags that are available for families with children on the autism spectrum. Each bag includes ear defenders, sensory maps, a visual schedule and sensory toys.

Sensory Bag with items

Families may borrow a bag from our Visitor Services counter on Level 1 during their visit. The bags are available on a first come, first served basis and limited to one bag per family. To borrow a bag, caregivers will need to register at the Visitor Services counter with their photo ID, contact number and acknowledge a sign-out form.

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