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We Built A Nation

  • Stamford Gallery, Level 1
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
This exhibition explores the first ten pivotal years of independence (1965 – 1975) that shaped Singapore’s history, and the important roles and leadership of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team who laid the foundations for modern Singapore.

Art of the Rehearsal

  • Level 1, Gallery10
  • From 10 Dec, Daily from 10am – 5pm
  • Free admission
Art of the Rehearsal is a three-channel immersive video installation by multidisciplinary artist Sarah Choo Jing. This artwork depicts Singaporean dancers across various cultures practicing along the back lanes of cultural districts in the city.

Desire and Danger

  • Level 2, Goh Seng Choo Gallery
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
Discover the fine line between Desire and Danger at this stimulating new exhibition at the Goh Seng Choo Gallery, featuring a selection of drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings that explore the complex and sometimes uneasy relationship between man and nature.

Glass Rotunda: Story of the Forest and Singapore, Very Old Tree

  • Level 2, Glass Rotunda
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.15pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs.
The Singapore History Gallery will be enhanced by two new immersive art installations that will greet visitors before they enter the main gallery.

Growing Up

  • 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
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.

Modern Colony

  • 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
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.

Singapore History Gallery

  • Level 1, Singapore History Gallery
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs.
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.

Singapore, Very Old Tree

  • Level 2, Glass Rotunda
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.15pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs.
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.

Story of the Forest

  • Level 2, Glass Rotunda
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.15pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs.
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.

Surviving Syonan

  • Level 2, Surviving Syonan Gallery
  • Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
  • Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
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.
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