The front block of the museum building dates back to 1887. It features an elegant neo-Palladian design, a European style of architecture characterised by a highly symmetrical façade and the use of pediments above windows.
A collaboration between the National Archives of Singapore and the National Museum of Singapore, this exhibition brings the visitor through the tumultuous period of post-war Singapore up until its independence in August 1965. Using selected artefacts and a range of archival materials such as photographs, film and oral history interviews, the exhibition offers a glimpse of the cultural dynamism on the ground, amid the awakening of a political consciousness that contributed to the determined struggle for de-colonisation and self-rule.
Learn more about our nation’s manufacturing achievements at the National Heritage Board’s 50 Made in Singapore Products exhibition.
50 Years of Television: An Exhibition celebrates the arrival and development of the television and how it has shaped entertainment and lifestyle habits in Singapore from 1963 to today. This exhibition will examine the social and cultural changes resulting from the advent and growth of television broadcasting and consumption, and the role of the television in recording and reflecting the nation’s defining moments.
Inaugurated in 2006, the Singapore Young Photographer Award (SYPA) is the first national-level photography award of its kind incepted for youths between 13 and 25 years old.
As a member of the prestigious photo agency Magnum since 1981, acclaimed photographer Abbas has roamed the world for 45 years, covering major political and social events, and publishing his works widely in world magazines and newspapers. Through his early photojournalistic and other major works such as the Iranian Revolution and the Islamic world (before and after the September 11 incident), Abbas has shown his dedication to the struggles within different societies in this rapidly globalising world, with an emphasis on religion defined by him as culture rather than faith.
Staging the first Formula 1® night race at Marina Bay made Singapore the focus of global attention in 2008. But this is only half the narrative, as for 13 years from 1961, the Lion City also gained international attention when it hosted the Singapore Grand Prix of both car and motorbike races
A Changed World explores the development of Singapore art in light of the rapid changes that took place in Singapore after World War II.
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Singaporean dramatist Kuo Pao Kun. An art activist and public intellectual, Kuo was a forerunner in the local arts and culture industry. He developed a critical mass of enthusiasts in the local theatre scene, with many talented individuals blossoming into multi-faceted artists and practitioners.
This exhibition presents Germany’s highly innovative cinematic art of animation which has evolved beyond the territory of family entertainment. It showcases the markedly individual styles of some of the best award-winning German film animators such as Gil Alkabetz, Daniel Nocke and Thomas Voigt, and ranges from classic animation techniques to cutting-edge computer technology.
Considered one of the most important contemporary artists internationally, Cai Guo-Qiang's art draws on a wide variety of symbols, narratives, traditions, and materials. Join us as we invite the artist to share his thoughts and experiences on the concept development and production of Head On, Illusion II and Vortex, the three works that are being featured in this exhibition, as well as the projects that he has been developing in the past few years.
As Singapore marks 50 years of independence, the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame celebrates the contributions of the nation’s pioneering women. Come and discover the stories behind these remarkable women!
A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters From Antwerp is an ambitious exhibition which surveys historical and contemporary works of art to look at the evolution of the image and its commercialisation.
This exhibition is a return to the islands, in memory and spirit, to recover the stories of those who lived, worked and played there. With new video interviews, archival images, historic boats, personal mementoes and specimens of marine life, the exhibition charts the changes that have taken place and how a new generation is rediscovering our islands and forging new links to them. Come and explore Singapore's offshore islands anew, and be inspired to even visit these places yourself.
Through the use of photographs, WWII artefacts, court transcripts and video clips, the exhibition will present key cases covering war crimes committed at various locations in Singapore during WWII.
Beauty in Black is an exhibition of 18 dresses from the 1950s to 2000s by leading fashion designers from the West including Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin, Karl Lagerfeld and Azzedine Alaïa. It also comprises of garments that were made and designed in Singapore including pieces by prominent local fashion designers, Benny Ong and Thomas Wee.
Do not miss this rare display of highlights from an exquisite collection of costumes once owned by the late veteran couple, Liew Seng Wah and Pak Choy Yoke. The two artists were eminent in Singapore during the post-war years of the 1940s and 1950s, when Cantonese opera performances and films enjoyed a boom.
This exhibition explores the theme of the ‘Family’, the central building block of Singapore society, by looking at Singaporeans’ sense of identity, rootedness and connection to their families both in Singapore and abroad, in cities such as London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Head On is created by Cai Guo –Qiang for his solo exhibition of the same name at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. Although the Berlin Wall is long gone, and the former East Germany and West Germany have reunified, there remain deep and intractable historical issues between the two sides. The 99 life-sized wolves are leaping en masse towards an unseen wall, with those at the front falling from striking the wall while those bringing up the rear continuing surging forward, undeterred.
Singapore Young Photographer Award (SYPA) organised by City Developments Limited (CDL) was incepted in 2006 as a nationwide photography competition that aims to groom young photographic talents between 13 and 25 years old.
Celebrating Radio: Sounds from the Past traces the evolution of Singapore’s broadcasting history from the 1930s to 1980s through radio permits and photographs, as well as a selection of radios from different eras.
An award-winning, interactive exhibition just for children is coming to town! Children can explore 11 themed, interactive rooms and learn about the everyday life of young Mozart and the Rococo period. Whether it's mixing herbal remedies according to old recipes; making paper wigs or dressing up as aristocrats, children will be thrilled to discover their innate talent as they compare daily life in the past and present.
The virtuoso haute couture designer Christian Lacroix, who is known for defining the look of the 1980s with its bright colours and extravagant embellishments, presents his splendid costume design work of 20 years for the ballet, theatre and opera in this exclusive exhibition.
Where does "design" end and "art" begin? What connects the two? When are they mutually exclusive? What makes an object of classic design become an object of contemporary art?The artists in Come-in are posed these questions and they attempt to find answers through their varied responses. They approach the designs of furniture, ceramics, textiles, interior architecture, and publishing from a contemporary art perspective.
Singapore in 1960 was a time of cultural awakening and fervency driven by a fast evolving socio-political climate. It was a time when many social and cultural policies made set the foundation of how Singapore was to become, as a unique society with its own brand of socio-cultural landscape today. Come listen to our two curators who are Singaporeans born in post-65 Singapore, as they share how they approached and dealt with issues related to the language, politics and culture of a pre-65 Singapore.
We are in the midst of refreshing our gallery and we will be back with a new exhibition by end July. Look out for more updates here!
Award-winning Magnum photographer, Chang Chien-Chi, will showcase a series of his most extensive photography works in this exhibition entitled Doubleness: Photography by Chang Chien-Chi.
From the collection of the world renowned Musée d’Orsay, over 140 Salon, Realists, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists paintings, photographs and drawings from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century will specially tour to Singapore this year. Titled Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the exhibition explores the reaction of man towards modernity at the turn of the century from 1848 to 1914.
Explore this latest collaboration between MUSEUM LABEL, FARMSTORE and Hans Tan, showcasing local designs which transform eight everyday items into 40 creative and meaningful objects.
A unique initiative to tell the stories of Singaporeans from all walks of life. This exhibition is the culmination of a nation-wide effort over the past year to collect and document photographs and memorabilia of Singapore families and communities. A database of all the photographs collected can be viewed at the exhibition. Keeping Memories, a richly illustrated handbook on why and how to maintain family and community archives will also be distributed.
The Furniture Design Showcase, organised by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and held in collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore, takes you on a journey of creativity and innovation with winning pieces from emerging design talents of the Furniture Design Award (FDA) and Furniture·Lifestyle·Innovations·Perspectives (FL!P) Challenge.
The Furniture Design Showcase takes you on a journey of creativity and innovation with winning pieces from emerging design talents of the Furniture Design Award (FDA) and Furniture- Lifestyle-Innovations-Perspectives (FL!P).
This exhibition is a culmination of Salgado’s photographic works taken at over 30 different destinations from 2004 to 2011. Dramatic, moving and grand, Salgado’s photographs present powerful images of our fragile planet and the intricate association between Man, animal and the environment that we all have a duty to protect.
On loan from the National Museum of the History of Ukraine and the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine, this collection of 260 pieces of jewellery, weapons, coins, and household and religious artefacts, dating from 8th century BCE to 19th century CE, explores the significance of gold as used by the nomadic Scythians through to the golden age of Kievan Rus’ and as crafted in the decorative arts tradition of Ukraine.
Here's a rare opportunity to view Classical Greek masterpieces from the renowned Louvre museum right here in Singapore! Presented for the first time in Southeast Asia, some 130 exquisite pieces of marble sculptures, vases, terracotta figurines and gold jewellery from the 5th to the 1st centuries BC will bring to life the story of Athens.
In an exclusive Singapore debut, GROOVISIONS (GRV) is set to groove with its unique blend of full dimensional graphic designs. Enjoy the award winning motion graphics, innovative products and designs of one of Japan’s leading and most provocative design teams.
Heresies is a retrospective of one of the most innovative artists of the world. Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer is recognised widely for both his provocative and powerful images and his pioneering work in the digital imaging era. The photographs of Meyer consistently question the limits between truth, fiction and reality.
Be mesmerised by the icy waters, colourful skies, and diverse wildlife of one of the world’s most fascinating environments – the Arctic – in this stunning exhibition brought to you by the High Commission of Canada and the Embassy of Finland, in celebration of Canada’s 150th and Finland’s 100th birthdays. Visit www.iceinthetropics.com for more information.
ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu, Singapore’s most prestigious photography award, makes its debut at the National Museum of Singapore. From 20 August to 5 September, the award’s nominated photographers – Ang Song Nian, Eugene Soh, Jeannie Ho, Ken Cheong, Lavender Chang, Neo Xiaobin and Wilfred Lim
The first realised project under the Ignite series, Imagining a Geographical Presence is an exhibition that draws upon the history of mapping, specifically restored maps of Singapore from 1819 to 1965. In 2001, Joon Kiat received a Shell-National Arts Council scholarship to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts at Kent Institute of Art and Design, United Kingdom. He has also received other scholarships such as Ericsson and Georgette Chen Scholarships.
Known as the Little Thoughts Group, 20 local industrial designers come together to explore the relevance of heritage and culture in contemporary design.
Jointly organised by the Embassy of Sweden and the National Museum of Singapore, Improving Life - The Design of Swedish Innovations is a showcase of 65 innovative designs and inventions that have shaped and changed our lifestyles.