Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 at the National Museum

  • Various Venues
  • 28 Apr 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
  • Various Timing
  • Free admission, unless stated otherwise

Moving Memories
28 Apr to 31 Jul | 12pm – 5pm
Gallery10, Level 1
Free admission

In conjunction with the Singapore Heritage Festival 2017, the National Museum of Singapore presents the artworks of Yip Yew Chong, whose life-sized murals seek to express the romance of “places and moments… that blend sights, sounds, smell and tastes”. Yip’s murals have captured the imagination of those who have travelled to heritage neighbourhoods such as Kampong Glam and Tiong Bahru in search of them.

Savour these moments of our tangible and intangible heritage, such as barbers in back lanes and fortune tellers, traditional kopi-making and road-side communal satay-eating, as they come alive through animation, soundscape and projection in Gallery10, the museum’s new digital experimental space.

Image above courtesy of artist.

Live Mural Painting at the National Museum of Singapore by Yip Yew Chong
Sat & Sun, 29 Apr & 30 Apr | 1.30pm – 5pm
Under the grand staircase, Level 1
Free admission

Catch mural artist Yip Yew Chong in action at this live painting session at the National Museum of Singapore! Visitors can interact with the artist as he creates a painting based on the museum’s rich 130 years of history, drawing inspiration from some of its iconic scenes and features over the years.

Treasure Island: Meet the Artist
Saturdays, 29 Apr, 6 May & 13 May and Sundays, 30 Apr, 7 May, 14 May | 11am & 3pm (1 hour session)
Meeting Point: Visitor Services Counter, Glass Atrium, Level 2 
Ticketing Information: $18 per person

Meet the Founder of Mamakan and hear the fascinating stories behind the Treasure Island sensorial art/photography installation. Taking a Meet-the-Artist experience to a whole new level of interaction, the session will feature a synergy of smells and tastes of native flora, each accompanied with a story or personal anecdote by the artist. Taste local botanical treasures as you thread the paths of hidden urban wonders to rediscover memories of Singapore’s forgotten food heritage.


A Lighter Side of History – Singapore Heritage Festival Special
Over the three weekends of the Singapore Heritage Festival, A Lighter Side of History will shine the spotlight on individual-led and ground-up initiatives that document Singapore’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

Wall of Memories
Sat, 29 Apr | 11am (1 hour session)
Gallery Theatre, Basement
Free. Registration is required.

Image featuring a life-sized mural by speaker Yip Yew Chong.

Several life-sized murals, which express the romance of “places and moments… that blend sights, sounds, smell and tastes”, have captured the imagination of those who have travelled to heritage neighbourhoods such as Kampong Glam and Tiong Bahru.

Unknown to many, these were designed and painted by Yip Yew Chong, an accountant who completed his first public mural in August 2015.

Hear from Yew Chong as he discusses his hopes of documenting Singapore’s history and heritage through his murals, the behind-the-scenes of creating these works, and his interesting encounters with people in the process.

Visitors can also enjoy a selection of Yew Chong’s artworks, which are presented as a multimedia installation in Gallery10 at the National Museum of Singapore, from 28 April to 31 July 2017.


From Kampong and Cemetery to a Housing Estate: Tracing Bishan’s Transformation Through the Years
Sat, 6 May | 11am (1 hour session)
The Salon, Level 1
Free. Registration is required.

Young residents of Peck San Theng standing in front of the cemetery office, 1960s.
Photo reproduced by Lee Kok Leong with permission from Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng.



坐落于碧山亭坟场旁的甘榜山亭本是个自给自足的活人社区,广东人、福建人、潮州人和少数印度人比邻而居,族群间的隔阂在碧山绿水间磨合同化。老一辈的居民不会忘记新加坡沦陷一小时前发生在碧山亭的最后一场战役, 汤申路一带的居民也不会忘记运作了45年的碧山亭义学——它为多少甘榜山亭与汤申一带的莘莘学子提供了宝贵的求学机会。


Most of the Bishan housing estate sits on what used to be Peck San Theng, a Cantonese cemetery, and Kampong San Teng, a village.

Join Lee Kok Leong – a passionate museum volunteer, and curator of Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital Heritage Gallery and Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng Heritage Centre – as he shares the story of Bishan’s transformation over the years, beginning with the history of the cemetery, the communities which resided in the village and what the tombstones reveal about the culture, traditions and professions of these communities.

This talk will be conducted in Mandarin.


Sav(our)ing Singapore’s Hawker Heritage
Sat, 6 May | 2.30pm (1.5 hour session)
The Salon, Level 1
Ticketing Information: $20 per person, $30 per pair.

Chef Willin Low, founder of Wild Rocket.

"Food is about sharing happiness" – local chef Willin Low, founder of Wild Rocket

Food also inspires conversations between friends and generations. Spend your afternoon with Chef Willin, who will share the inspirations behind his dishes, and how he seeks to save Singapore's hawker heritage through the dishes he lovingly creates. Participants can also look forward to savouring some of Chef Willin's dishes.

Enjoy a special discount if you come with your friend/ child/ parent or grandparent. Or make it a Saturday date with your mother or grandmother, for an early Mother's Day celebration!

This programme is presented by the National Museum of Singapore with Chef Willin Low and Wild Rocket.


Growing Up in Keong Saik by Charmaine Leung
Sat, 13 May | 11am (1 hour session)
Seminar Room, Level 2
Free. Registration is required.

A panoramic view of Keong Saik Road. Image by speaker Charmaine Leung.

Charmaine Leung, the author of an upcoming publication, 17A Keong Saik Road, shares her experiences growing up in a shophouse on Keong Saik Road in the 1970s when it was a red-light district. Featuring stories about the area and its people, 17A Keong Saik Road interweaves past and present narratives with the author’s personal journey of hope and reconciliation.


Print and Go! by MATTER Prints
Saturdays, 6 & 13 May | 1.30pm – 5pm
The Concourse, Level 1
Free admission

Block printing, which was invented to record history, employs similar techniques used in linocut, where a design is carved into a linoleum surface to create a negative mould.

Join us at the National Museum of Singapore for a linocut carving and printing activity by MATTER Prints, featuring specially customised designs based on the museum’s unique architectural elements. Ready-made stencils are also available for younger audiences. Keep a look out for these architectural features as you explore the museum!

Legends of Singapore Storytelling Session
Saturdays, 6 & 13 May | 2.30pm & 3.30pm (30 minutes per session)
Singapore History Gallery, Level 1
Free. Registration is required. Admission to the Singapore History Gallery applies.
Meeting Point: Entrance of Singapore History Gallery, Level 1

Within the “Singapura” section of the National Museum’s Singapore History Gallery lies the Singapore Stone, one of our national treasures. How did the name “Singapura” come about, and what is its princely connection? And who was the sensational strongman associated with the Singapore Stone? Join Rosemarie Somaiah or Aunty Rose in this exciting storytelling session of Singapore’s legends for families and children!


Exhibition Programmes
Author: National Museum of Singapore
Last Modified: 12 May 2017