Whats On

art of the rehearsal
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Art of the Rehearsal

Art of the Rehearsal is a three-channel immersive video installation by multidisciplinary artist Sarah Choo Jing. This artwork depicts Singaporean dancers across various cultures practicing along the back lanes of cultural districts in the city.

Gallery10, Level 1, Daily from 10am – 5pm (Reopens 9 Dec onwards)
Free admission
desire and danger
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Desire and Danger

Discover the fine line between Desire and Danger at this stimulating new exhibition at the Goh Seng Choo Gallery, featuring a selection of drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings that explore the complex and sometimes uneasy relationship between man and nature.

Level 2, Goh Seng Choo Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
growing up
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Growing Up

Set against the larger historical context of Singapore’s early years as a young nation, this gallery offers the parallel societal changes in the tumultuous 1950s and 1960s through the kampung, school and entertainment venues.

Level 2, Growing Up Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
ExhibitionPERMANENT

History of the National Museum of Singapore

This mural was painted over four days in a style inspired by the 19th-century landscape paintings held by the National Museum of Singapore (NMS), and presents the Museum’s rich history and collection.

Grand Staircase, Level 1, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission
modern colony
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Modern Colony

By the end of the 19th century, Singapore was already a global city brought about by an influx of people, ideas and goods from Asia and Europe. This gallery explores the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore as a British Crown colony from the late 1920s to 1930s.

Level 2, Modern Colony Gallery, Daily 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
singapore history gallery
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Singapore History Gallery

The Singapore History Gallery’s updated narrative charts the development of the island as it was known through the years as Singapura, a Crown Colony, Syonan-To, and finally, Singapore.

Level 1, Singapore History Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
singapore very old tree
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Singapore, Very Old Tree

Created by renowned local photographer and artist Robert Zhao, this exhibit at the bottom of the Glass Rotunda showcases 17 images of trees around Singapore and highlight intimate stories of each.

Level 2, Glass Rotunda, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.15pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
story of the forest
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Story of the Forest

Experience the treasured collection of the National Museum brought to life through a spectacular digital presentation, and be transported to 20th century Malaya as viewed through the eyes of artists of that time and reimagined today by interdisciplinary art collective teamLab.

Level 2, Glass Rotunda, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.15pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
surviving syonan
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Surviving Syonan

This gallery shines the spotlight on how the people of Singapore coped with daily life and responded with grit and resourcefulness to the Japanese Occupation, a period of great adversity and abject scarcity. It celebrates their resilience, tenacity, resourcefulness and self-reliance.

Level 2, Surviving Syonan Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
voices of singapore
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Voices of Singapore

Through cultural artefacts including music, performances, television and theatre, this gallery explores how Singaporeans constructed a complex terrain of self-expression in the 1970s and 80s.

Level 2, Voices of Singapore Gallery, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
weban
ExhibitionPERMANENT

We Built A Nation

This exhibition explores the first ten pivotal years of independence (1965 – 1975) that shaped Singapore’s history, and the important roles and leadership of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team who laid the foundations for modern Singapore.

Stamford Gallery, Level 1, Daily from 10am – 7pm; Last admission at 6.30pm
Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
wings of a rich manoeuvre
ExhibitionPERMANENT

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre by homegrown artist Suzann Victor presents a chorus of eight kinetic chandeliers that “sing” with movement as they sway in a dramatic midair choreography of light.

Glass Atrium, Level 2, Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free admission
witness to war
Exhibition23 SEP 2017 - 25 MAR 2018

Witness to War: Remembering 1942

75 years after the fall of Singapore, rediscover this watershed event through a special international exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.

Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, 10am – 7pm (last admission at 6.30pm)
Free admission for Citizens, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below
gostan back 344
Programme13 DEC 2017 - 23 DEC 2017

GosTan Back - A time-travelling adventure on wheels by MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions

GosTan Back is a story about a young boy who gets the chance to save the future by going back in time. Young audiences will experience our local history and artefacts in this interactive theatrical journey through the National Museum’s Singapore History Gallery, which features storytelling and a whole lot of hands-on fun!

The Canyon, Basement Level
$8 per ticket for each pair of parent and child. Visit gostanback2017.peatix.com for registration.
My Favourite 70's Show!
Programme23 DEC 2017

Family Workshop – My Favourite 80’s Show!

Create your own personalised “television set” featuring your favourite 1980s TV programmes and your child’s favourite cartoons. Illustrate a storyline with your young one and bring it to life on your TV box!

Activity Space, Level 3, 2pm & 3.30pm (1 hour session each)
Free upon on-site registration. Admission fee to gallery applies.
nms130 tours
Programme13 OCT 2017 - 31 DEC 2017

National Museum of Singapore 130th Anniversary Celebrations - Art & Historic Trails

Embark on an art or historic trail, and get reacquainted with the museum as a building and social space!

Various Venues, Various Timings
Free Admission
Programme30 DEC 2017

Once Upon a Time in Singapore – Flora and Fauna

Let our storytellers inspire your little ones with intriguing and colourful tales from the past! Featuring engaging dramatisation and interaction, these sessions are a wonderful introduction to Singapore’s history and heritage.

Outside Goh Seng Choo Gallery, Level 2, 2.30pm & 3.30pm (30 minutes session)
Free upon on-site registration. Admission fee to gallery applies.
singapore rhapsodies
Programme21 JUL 2017 - 30 DEC 2017

Singapore Rhapsodies at National Museum

Singapore Rhapsodies at National Museum is a bi-weekly music series that invites aspiring young musicians, students and music interest groups to showcase original self-compositions or popular Singapore songs on a unique Red Steinway concert grand piano.

The Platform, Level 2, Various Timings
Free admission
witness to war
Programme23 SEP 2017 - 25 MAR 2018

Witness to War: Remembering 1942 Programmes

75 years after the fall of Singapore, rediscover this watershed event through a special international exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.

Various Venue, Various Timings
Varies with Programmes

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