Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

45-65: Liberation, Unrest... a New Nation
Exhibition07 JUL 2012 - 27 JAN 2013

45-65: Liberation, Unrest... a New Nation

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Stamford Gallery, Level 1, 10am - 6pm daily
50 made in Singapore products
Exhibition15 JUL 2015 - 13 SEP 2015

50 Made in Singapore Products

Learn more about our nation’s manufacturing achievements at the National Heritage Board’s 50 Made in Singapore Products exhibition.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, 10am - 6pm
Free Admission
50 Years of Television: An Exhibition
Exhibition23 NOV 2013 - 19 JAN 2014

50 Years of Television An 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.

National Museum of Singapore, 10am - 6pm
5th CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award 2014 Exhibition
Exhibition13 AUG 2014 - 07 SEP 2014

5th CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award 2014 Exhibition

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.

The Concourse, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore, 10am – 6pm (till 2am during Festival days)
Abbas, 45 Years in Photography
Exhibition18 JUN 2011 - 18 SEP 2011

Abbas, 45 Years in Photography

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery, Basement, 10am - 6pm
A Century of Motor Racing in Singapore
Exhibition12 SEP 2014 - 21 SEP 2014

A Century of Motor Racing in Singapore

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

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore, 10am - 6pm
A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s - 1970s
Exhibition25 OCT 2013 - 16 MAR 2014

A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s - 1970s

A Changed World explores the development of Singapore art in light of the rapid changes that took place in Singapore after World War II.

Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement, 10am - 7pm (last entry at 6.30pm) | On 14 & 15 Feb, gallery hours will extended till 9pm (last entry at 8.30pm)
A Life of Practice - Kuo Pao Kun
Exhibition15 SEP 2012 - 24 FEB 2013

A Life of Practice - Kuo Pao Kun

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.

Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement
Animated Films from Germany Exhibition
Exhibition09 APR 2007 - 30 APR 2007

Animated Films from Germany Exhibition

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.

National Museum of Singapore, The Canyon
Artist’s Talk: Cai Guo-Qiang
Exhibition02 JUL 2010

Artist’s Talk: Cai Guo-Qiang

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.

National Museum of Singapore, The Salon, Level 1, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
a salute to the pioneering women of singapore
Exhibition09 NOV 2015 - 22 JAN 2016

A Salute to the Pioneering Women of Singapore

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!

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters From Antwerp
Exhibition14 AUG 2009 - 31 OCT 2009

A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters From Antwerp

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Balik Pulau: Stories from Singapore's Islands
Exhibition02 JUN 2014 - 10 AUG 2014

Balik Pulau: Stories from Singapore's Islands

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.

National Museum of Singapore, 10am - 6pm
Battle for Singapore: Case Files from the Singapore War Crimes Tribunal Exhibition
Exhibition15 FEB 2015 - 22 MAR 2015

Battle for Singapore: Case Files from the Singapore War Crimes Tribunal Exhibition

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.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, 10am - 6pm
Beauty in Black: A display of 18 dresses from 1950s to 2000s
Exhibition16 MAR 2011 - 13 JUN 2011

Beauty in Black: A display of 18 dresses from 1950s to 2000s

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.

National Museum of Singapore, The Balcony, Level 2, 10am - 8pm daily
Because You Played A Part - TD 30: An Experiential Showcase
Exhibition15 FEB 2014 - 23 FEB 2014

Because You Played A Part - TD 30: An Experiential Showcase

Various venues including The Salon & Food for Thought (Level 1), Gallery Theatre (Basement), Sat 15 Feb, Fri 21 Feb and Sat 22 Feb | 9am to 10pm Sun 16 Feb – Thu 20 Feb and Sun 23 Feb| 9am to 8pm
Bedazzled: Sequined Costumes of Cantonese Opera
Exhibition06 FEB 2008 - 01 MAY 2008

Bedazzled: Sequined Costumes of Cantonese Opera

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.

National Museum of Singapore, The Balcony, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Being Together: Family & Portraits - Photographing with John Clang
Exhibition23 JAN 2013 - 26 MAY 2013

Being Together: Family & Portraits - Photographing with John Clang

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 1, Basement
Cai Guo - Qiang: Head On
Exhibition02 JUL 2010 - 31 AUG 2010

Cai Guo - Qiang: Head On

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibition07 SEP 2016 - 30 SEP 2016

6th CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award 2016 Exhibition

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.

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
Exhibition22 APR 2016 - 17 JUL 2016

Celebrating Radio: Sounds from the Past

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.

The Salon, 10am – 7pm
Free admission
Children's Season: Mozart: A Child Prodigy
Exhibition01 MAY 2008 - 06 JUL 2008

Children's Season: Mozart: A Child Prodigy

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 1, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Christian Lacroix the costumier
Exhibition20 MAR 2009 - 07 JUN 2009

Christian Lacroix the costumier

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 1 & The Canyon, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Come-in: Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany
Exhibition21 JAN 2009 - 12 APR 2009

Come-in: Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 2 & The Canyon, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Curators' Tours: Why an exhibition on Singapore 1960?
Exhibition17 JUN 2010 - 19 AUG 2010

Curators' Tours: Why an exhibition on Singapore 1960?

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Entrace of Exhibition Gallery 1, Basement, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Doubleness: Photography of Chang Chien-Chi
Exhibition10 OCT 2008 - 04 JAN 2009

Doubleness: Photography of Chang Chien-Chi

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 1, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Exhibition26 OCT 2011 - 05 MAR 2012

Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2, 10am – 6pm
Everyday Objects Showcase
Exhibition15 DEC 2014 - 31 JAN 2015

Everyday Objects Showcase

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.

MUSEUM LABEL @ National Museum of Singapore, Mondays to Sundays | 10am to 6pm
Families and Friends: A Singapore Album exhibition
Exhibition17 FEB 2007 - 18 MAR 2007

Families and Friends: A Singapore Album exhibition

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.

National Museum of Singapore, The Concourse
Furniture Design Showcase 2007
Exhibition06 MAY 2007 - 01 JUL 2007

Furniture Design Showcase 2007

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.

National Museum of Singapore, The Concourse, 10.00am - 9.00pm
Furniture Design Showcase 2008
Exhibition29 MAY 2008 - 29 JUN 2008

Furniture Design Showcase 2008

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).

The Concourse, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Genesis
Exhibition26 APR 2014 - 31 AUG 2014

Genesis

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.

Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement, 10am - 6pm
Gold Rush: Treasures of the Ukraine
Exhibition29 MAY 2012 - 26 AUG 2012

Gold Rush: Treasures of the Ukraine

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement, 10am - 6pm
Greek Masterpieces from the Louvre
Exhibition09 DEC 2007 - 16 MAR 2008

Greek Masterpieces from the Louvre

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Galleries, 10:00am - 6:00pm
GROOVISIONSSIN (Japan)
Exhibition28 NOV 2007 - 06 JAN 2008

GROOVISIONSSIN (Japan)

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.

National Museum of Singapore, Atelier, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Heresies: A Retrospective by Pedro Meyer
Exhibition07 OCT 2008 - 16 NOV 2008

Heresies: A Retrospective by Pedro Meyer

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.

National Museum of Singapore, The Atelier, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Exhibition09 NOV 2017 - 03 DEC 2017

Ice in the Tropics: A Canada 150 – Finland 100 – Singapore Arctic Collaboration

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.

The Concourse, Level 1, 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
Icon De Martell Cordon Bleu 2014
Exhibition20 AUG 2014 - 05 SEP 2014

Icon De Martell Cordon Bleu 2014

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

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore, 10am – 6pm (till 2am during Festival days)
Imagining a Geographical Presence
Exhibition08 MAR 2007 - 06 MAY 2007

Imagining a Geographical Presence

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.

National Museum of Singapore, The Atelier, Level 3
Imprints: Designing from Memories
Exhibition04 DEC 2010 - 01 JAN 2011

Imprints: Designing from Memories

Known as the Little Thoughts Group, 20 local industrial designers come together to explore the relevance of heritage and culture in contemporary design.

National Museum of Singapore, The Atelier, Level 3, 10am - 6pm
Improving Life - The Design of Swedish Innovations
Exhibition12 JAN 2007 - 11 FEB 2007

Improving Life - The Design of Swedish Innovations

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.

National Museum of Singapore, The Concourse
Indians in Singapore: A Picture Story
Exhibition09 JUN 2008 - 27 JUL 2008

Indians in Singapore: A Picture Story

This exhibition introduces several Indian communities living in Singapore. Obviously, the generic term 'Indian' does not fully reflect either the political realities or the self identities of the communities in present day Singapore. However, it is very much a convention in Singapore to apply the term broadly to all immigrant communities from the Subcontinent.

National Museum of Singapore, The Balcony, 10:00am - 8:00pm

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