Witness to War: Remembering 1942 Programmes

Various Venues
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes

In-gallery Storytelling Sessions with master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran
Sat, 3 Feb | 2.45pm & 3.30pm (30 minutes session)
Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level
Free. Register here.     

Special Talk: Behind the Scenes of Witness to War
Sat, 27 Jan | 3pm – 4.30pm 
The Salon, Level 1

How do we represent the harrowing tales of war? From lovers separated to the complexities of military battle, how do exhibition-making and animation bring the personal stories and experiences of a war that is over 70 years old come to life for new generations, and inspire us to look at our shared history anew? Join us for this exclusive peek behind the curtain to meet the curators, designers and artists who collaborated to bring you the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942. Click here for registration.

Witness to War: Memories and Screens
13 Jan – 28 Jan | Various Timing
Gallery Theatre and Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement Level

The memories of World War Two have been captured, interpreted and presented in various films – from iconic war films like Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence to romance films such as Hiroshima Mon Amour and historically significant films like Momotaro Sacred Sailors and Spirit of the Overseas Chinese which have not been seen in Singapore in recent history. For the first time, the National Museum, in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive, will be presenting Witness to War: Memories and Screens, a selection of films which document and remember the experience of World War Two in the Pacific and its aftermath.
In tracing the historical development from the bombing of Pearl Harbour (1941) to Hiroshima (1945), Memories and Screens will showcase films and narratives from Singapore and Malaya, Britain, Japan, America and Singapore’s regional neighbours, accounting for the diverse yet shared narratives of countries and people that have participated in and witnessed World War Two. This film programme – inspired by the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 – invites us to reflect upon the ways film across national borders remembers a shared history that continues to shape our reality today.  
Witness to War: Memories and Screens is organised by the National Museum of Singapore as part of the Witness to War exhibition and curated by the Asian Film Archive.

Click here for registration and tickets. For more details on the film screenings, please visit here. 

Witnessing the War: Leather Craft Workshop
Sat, 3 Feb 2018 | 11am & 2pm (2 sessions)
Seminar Room, Level 2
$25 per participant.

Witness to War: Remembering 1942 presents the stories of ordinary men and women who braved the war with great tenacity. Many of them chronicled their thoughts and feelings in letters, memoirs and diaries. Their memoirs now speak across time, as a testament to their journeys. In homage to these stories, join us at the National Museum to create your own customised leather journal.


Organised in partnership with The General Company, Singapore, this special workshop will be conducted by local craftsmen and designers, and will guide participants through the process of making a customised journal inspired by the personal artefacts in the exhibition. Treat your loved one to this workshop at a special exclusive price! Limited seats available. Click here to register your interest for the workshop.

Family Time

Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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