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art of the rehearsal
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Gallery 10

Gallery10 is an experimental space where the traditionally binary ideas of art and science are both celebrated and deconstructed, and their boundaries transcended and redefined to present an immersive, multi-disciplinary exploration of the world around us.

Gallery10, Level 1, 10am - 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission
growing up
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Growing Up

Set against the larger historical context of Singapore’s early years as a young nation, this gallery offers the parallel societal changes in the tumultuous 1950s and 1960s through the kampung, school and entertainment venues.

Level 2, Growing Up Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
ExhibitionPERMANENT

History of the National Museum of Singapore

This mural was painted over four days in a style inspired by the 19th-century landscape paintings held by the National Museum of Singapore (NMS), and presents the Museum’s rich history and collection.

Grand Staircase, Level 1, Daily from 10am – 7pm;
Free admission
Magic, Menace
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Magic and Menace

Step into the newly refreshed Goh Seng Choo gallery and explore the world of magic and supernatural beliefs as practised by traditional Southeast Asian societies.

Level 2, Goh Seng Choo Gallery, 10am - 7pm Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
modern colony
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Modern Colony

By the end of the 19th century, Singapore was already a global city brought about by an influx of people, ideas and goods from Asia and Europe. This gallery explores the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore as a British Crown colony from the late 1920s to 1930s.

Level 2, Modern Colony Gallery, Daily 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
singapore history gallery
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Singapore History Gallery

The Singapore History Gallery’s updated narrative charts the development of the island as it was known through the years as Singapura, a Crown Colony, Syonan-To, and finally, Singapore.

Level 1, Singapore History Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
singapore very old tree
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Singapore, Very Old Tree

Created by renowned local photographer and artist Robert Zhao, this exhibit at the bottom of the Glass Rotunda showcases 17 images of trees around Singapore and highlight intimate stories of each.

Level 2, Glass Rotunda, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.15pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
story of the forest
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Story of the Forest

Experience the treasured collection of the National Museum brought to life through a spectacular digital presentation, and be transported to 20th century Malaya as viewed through the eyes of artists of that time and reimagined today by interdisciplinary art collective teamLab.

Level 2, Glass Rotunda, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.15pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
surviving syonan
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Surviving Syonan

This gallery shines the spotlight on how the people of Singapore coped with daily life and responded with grit and resourcefulness to the Japanese Occupation, a period of great adversity and abject scarcity. It celebrates their resilience, tenacity, resourcefulness and self-reliance.

Level 2, Surviving Syonan Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm [CLOSED FROM 2 DEC TO 17 DEC]
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
voices of singapore
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Voices of Singapore

Through cultural artefacts including music, performances, television and theatre, this gallery explores how Singaporeans constructed a complex terrain of self-expression in the 1970s and 80s.

Level 2, Voices of Singapore Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
wings of a rich manoeuvre
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre by homegrown artist Suzann Victor presents a chorus of eight kinetic chandeliers that “sing” with movement as they sway in a dramatic midair choreography of light.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free admission
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Programme23 NOV 2019

Grandparents' Day 2019

Join us for a full day of family programmes as we celebrate Grandparents' Day! With performances, film screenings, character tours, inter-generational workshops and more, there are many exciting ways for children and grandparents alike to discover Singapore's rich history together.

Various Venues, 10am – 5pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition04 NOV 2019 - 25 NOV 2019

Life Underground

Life Underground invites visitors on a journey through the subways of the world and into the personal stories of their passengers.

Gallery 10, 10am - 5pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition02 NOV 2019 - 19 JAN 2020

The Lives of Women: How have women progressed in Singapore since independence?

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
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Programme01 OCT 2019 - 30 MAR 2020

Monthly Senior-friendly Guided Tours

Conducted by the National Museum of Singapore’s Care Facilitators, this tour seeks to enable seniors, persons with dementia and their care partners to have an enjoyable time at the museum, and to explore artefacts and stories from yesteryears that they might be familiar with.

Various Venues, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Free Admission
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Exhibition21 SEP 2019 - 29 MAR 2020

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

This exhibition tells lesser-known stories of Singapore's history 200 years before the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles, as part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration.

Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission for Citizens and Permanent Residents
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Programme21 SEP 2019 - 29 MAR 2020

An Old New World Programmes

There's something for everyone in this exciting line-up of programmes! Celebrate important occasions with us, hear from our curators and speakers about interesting topics related to the exhibition, An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s-1819 and participate in programmes specially designed for youth, families and children.

11am - 6pm
Free
Kopi
Exhibition01 APR 2019 - 01 APR 2020

Moving Memories

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”.

LED Wall, opposite The Salon, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission
building tour
Programme16 MAR 2019 - 21 DEC 2019

Family Fun at the National Museum

Mark your calendars with these dates and bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents alike, to discover Singapore’s rich social history together!

Various Venues, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Student programming
Programme12 DEC 2018 - 31 DEC 2019

School Programmes

The museum has refreshed its programmes to offer students a variety of opportunities to discover Singapore's history and culture - through investigation, engagement of senses and conversations - and to relate them to present-day issues. Click here to find out more about the various learning opportunities at the museum!

Various Venues, 10am - 7pm
Free Admission

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