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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The DigiMuse programme is an initiative by the National Museum of Singapore that seeks to build a vibrant cultural sector, as well as engage with the wider technology industry to encourage creative experimentation in cultural spaces. The programme invites artists, technologists and culture professionals to co-create projects, and provide considered interventions that showcase the possibilities of integrating culture and technology.
Inaugurated in 2008 by the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum, the triennial APB Foundation Signature Art Prize returns for its fourth edition in 2018.
From the iconic dragon playgrounds of the 1970s to today’s modern inclusive versions, playgrounds have informed our collective experience of growing up in Singapore. Singapore’s Playgrounds: 1930 – 2030 is an exhibition developed by the National Museum of Singapore in collaboration with the Housing Development Board.
Digital Conversations: Open Call 2018 is the latest edition of the National Museum's DigiMuse series of talks. Based on the projects to be showcased at DigiMuse Presents, local and international speakers will share their journey and experiences in developing their projects with museums and cultural institutions.
Singapore is a country that is grounded in migration. How have we as individuals—or the generations before us—made it home?
Spend a meaningful Saturday afternoon with us at the National Museum this August as we bring you talks on an impressive aerial survey of 100 playgrounds across Singapore, and keris, the beautiful but often misunderstood cultural artefact.
In this talk, Stefan Huebner will discuss the Asian Games’ origins and heritage from its YMCA-founded predecessors of the 1910s – 1930s to the precursor of this year's edition, the 1962 Fourth Asian Games in Jakarta.
Enjoy family time at the National Museum of Singapore every last Saturday of the month! Our fun line-up of activities includes interactive tours, storytelling sessions, family workshops, drop-in craft activities, captivating performances, and more.
Join us with your family and friends for this exciting line-up of programmes that has been organised specially for the exhibition, The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 – 2030. Visit the exhibition to relive memories of growing up in Singapore, and imagine what the city's future playgrounds would be like!
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 - 2030, this year's Children's Season at the National Museum invites young visitors to explore different types of play experience at the museum. Families can look forward to a fun line-up of interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, storytelling sessions, family workshops, engaging performances, and more!