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.
Celebrating its 10th season this year, Singapore Short Cuts continues to be one of the most popular and widely anticipated showcases of local short films in Singapore.
Celebrating its 11th season this year, Singapore Short Cuts continues to be one of the most popular and widely anticipated showcases of local short films in Singapore.
Celebrate Singapore's 53rd birthday with us at the National Museum of Singapore!
Come dressed in your best red-and-white outfit and join us for a day of fun programmes inspired by Singapore's icons, including exhibitions about our history and culture, live music performances and a showcase of short films!
Come celebrate with us, the National Museum’s 125th birthday! Pen down your well wishes for this grand dame, and win prizes when you correctly identify National Museum staff and precious artefacts in our collection There will also be chocolate cake and goodie bags* for visitors, so come by with your family and friends!
What better way to spend Christmas then to drop by the Museum with your friends and family to enjoy free entry into all exhibitions and programmes from 24 December to 4 January.
For a limited time only, enjoy 1-for-1 admission to the special exhibition, Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein! Head down with your friends and family for your last chance to catch over 500 years of rare and exquisite European art from now until 29 September!
Be regaled by some of the nation’s finest storytellers over two exciting days at Singapore's first independent storytelling festival.
Curated by partner 2902 Gallery, this exhibition sets to exemplify the spirit of creativity and self-expression through the art form of photography. This year’s winners represent the best from over 1,000 submissions received. The stringent criteria of this national competition requires each deserving winner be versatile across varied genres and the exhibition promises to be a visual treat of diverse range.
The Singapore International Photography Festival 2014, with the theme of “The Infinity”, celebrates the endless possibilities that ideas and collaborations can bring.
Discover an extraordinary collection that spans 800,000 years in this tour of the Treasures of the World from the British Museum exhibition, which explores how the form, beauty and significance of the objects we use are constantly evolving. By paying attention to the material aspects of these objects, the tour will reveal surprising stories and reflect on the meaning of design.
A new creative platform by the museum for children ages 3 and above, The PlayDome invites children to express their unique voices through meaningful and fun play activities based on their visual inspirations and experiences drawn from the galleries and objects found in the museum.
Following a slideshow presentation from his latest completed work, The Children of the Lotus, a Journey among Buddhists, Magnum photographer Abbas will share his personal reflections on his three-year journey among 12 predominantly Buddhist countries. Haunted by a photo he saw in 2007 of a little girl, an “Unidentified Prisoner” who was about to join others to be massacred in the notorious Tuol Sleng prison under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Abbas raises questions about the acceptance of such brutality against human life in a presumably compassionate society.
Twelve large bright red helium balloons, each being held by a faceless brown figure sitting on an equally mundane and ordinary looking brown boulder, bespeak Lim Shing Ee’s dilemma as a female Singapore artist living in Japan with her Japanese husband and two young sons. Struggling to balance the choices concerning her identity, loyalty, nationality and sense of belonging, the work is a metaphor for the conflicting forces that confront her which are often beyond her control.
The April – June 2009 series of workshops will start with A French Affair – a series of four specially designed workshops held in conjunction with the Christian Lacroix the costumier. Champagne first gained world recognition when it was association with French royalty.
The April – June 2009 series of workshops will start with A French Affair – a series of four specially designed workshops held in conjunction with the Christian Lacroix the costumier.
Desserts must not only taste good, they must look good too! No wonder then that celebrated French patissiers such as Pierre Hermé and Ladurée dedicate so much time to turning their shop fronts into a visual feast.
4th century A.D. Egypt under the Roman Empire… Violent religious upheaval in the streets of Alexandria spills over into the city’s famous Library. Trapped inside its walls, the brilliant astronomer Hypatia and her disciples fight to save the wisdom of the Ancient World…
Sounding the high note for Christian Lacroix the costumier exhibition will be performances by Shane Thio, Cherylene Liew, Anna Koor and William Lim from the Singapore Lyric Opera. Performing within the exhibition gallery and amidst the costumes designed by Christian Lacroix, the quartet will bring to you a repertoire of famous arias and songs from Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Othello and other well known works.
In this month's A Lighter Side of History, we explore the art of Teochew Rod Puppetry. Learn about the history of the traditional art and watch a demonstration from a master of the trade.
Take a walk down memory lane with singer Hillary Francis and enjoy his live rendition of popular hits from the 1950s to 1970s.
Learn more about the history and culture of Chinese New Year in the first A Lighter Side of History programme of the year.
In this National Day Special, join Linda Locke, Agnes’ great-grandniece and author of Agnes and Her Amazing Orchid: How Vanda Miss Joaquim Became Singapore’s National Flower, and the book’s editor Eldes Tran for an insightful discussion.
In this month's A Lighter Side of History hear from ex-Rolleians who will share their stories and memories of working and playing together as a community, as well as showcase their personal Rollei equipment that they have kept over the years.
In this month's A Lighter Side of History, we explore the issue of growing old in Singapore in through an interactive theatre performance of an excerpt from Pioneer (Girls) Generation by The Necessary Stage.
A Lighter Side of History presents a special programme this month, Joint Picture Joins Hearts which aims to provide a safe platform for grandparents and grandchild to express their value and respect for one another through an alternative way of communication – art.
Some foods in Singapore can no longer be bought for love or money. This talk by culinary expert Sylvia Tan will focus on the forgotten aspects of our food heritage, told through cooking utensils that are no longer used today, dishes that are no longer eaten, and styles of cooking and eating that are no longer practised.
We’re a nation of foodies, people who readily traverse the island in search of famous food stalls. But how much do you know about Singapore’s food heritage? Find out more for yourself at the month’s drool-inducing A Lighter Side of History programme!
A renaissance of traditional Malay music took place in the 1990s. Popularized by artists such as Ramli Sarip, M. Nasir and many others, this style of music is a fusion of Western pop and traditional Malay music. It eventually came to be known as Nusantara. Find out more in May's A Lighter Side of History.
Learn more about the history and culture of our Eurasian community in the last A Lighter Side of History programme of the year.
Celebrate Total Defence Day at Reflections at Bukit Chandu. Relive the story of how 1,400 men from our Malay Regiment stood heroically took the last stand against 13,000 advancing enemy soldiers.
The Indian Sari is a timeless garment with a history of over 5000 years. Designs, patterns and even wearing styles have evolved over the years, but nothing identifies a woman as ethnically Indian as strongly as the sari.
Kathakali is a traditional Indian drama-dance art form, noted for its captivating make-up and elaborate costumes. Catch a glimpse of the intricate pre-performance preparation with this month's A Lighter Side of History.
Penmanship is a fascinating form of art. Drawing references from letters written by Sir Stamford Raffles, this programme offers a lighter perspective of the historical personality through the style of penmanship he adopted, and the possible types of tools he used in those days.
In the last edition of A Lighter Side of History this year, we travel back in time with local perfume maker Johari Kazura, who shares his experiences of growing up in Kampong Gelam, above a perfume shop started by his grandfather in 1933.
Learn more about the food culture and the dos and don’ts during Chinese New Year among the the various dialect groups with Kuan Eng, the author of a series of dialect pictorial books. He will also present live illustrations of various items associated with Chinese New Year.
Join local picture-book author Lee Kow Fong’s (Ah Guo/阿果) as he shares his creative process and take you on a journey throughh his whimsical and child-like works in July’s A Lighter Side of History.
Join Rita Zahara, the multi-talented TV personality and author of Malay Heritage Cooking, as she shares her recipe and baking tips in this hands-on workshop in this month's A Lighter Side of History.