Guided Tours

Free guided tours are available daily. All visitors should obtain an admission sticker (and purchase an admission ticket if necessary) before joining in the tour. Meeting point for all guided tours is at the corner of the Rotunda to the left of the main entrance (facing in).

To ensure optimal experience, maximum capacity for daily guided tours is 15 persons and is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Group visits of 8 persons or more will not be allowed to join the daily guided tours. Advance tour booking for such groups is required with 4 weeks notice.

Group Visits

School Group Visits

Tour schedules are subject to changes. Please enquire at the Visitor Services counter to confirm the day's tours.

Singapore History Gallery (Level 1)



Mon – Fri

11am & 2pm 

Sat & Sun

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm*

Mandarin 华语导览

Mon 星期一


Fri 星期五 2.30pm

Sat 星期六 11:30am, 1:30pm 和 2.30pm

Sun 星期天

11:30am, 1:30pm 和 2.30pm


Japanese 日本語ガイド 

Mon – Fri 月〜金曜日


First Sat of the Month 第一土曜日
French Français

First Thu of the Month
Le premier Jeudi du mois


Korean 한국어
Second Thu of the Month 
매월 두 번째 목요일

The Farquhar Collection (Goh Seng Choo Gallery & Story of the Forest at the Glass Rotunda)


First Wed of the month


Life in Singapore Galleries (Level 2)

Second to Fourth Wednesdays of the month 1pm



Second Wed of the month

Goh Seng Choo Gallery & Modern Colony Gallery
The Modern Colony Gallery explores the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore as a British Crown colony from the late 1920s to 1930s.

Third Wed of the month Goh Seng Choo Gallery & Surviving Syonan Gallery
The Surviving Syonan 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.
Fourth Wed of the month

Goh Seng Choo Gallery

Growing Up Gallery 
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.

Voices of Singapore Gallery
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.

We Built a Nation Gallery (Level 1)




National Museum of Singapore Building Tour




When it first opened in 1887 as the Raffles Library & Museum, the museum was commonly referred to by the locals as Rumah Kitab - The House of Books. Over the years, the museum’s collection had changed considerably, even its role today is quite different from what it once was as the resource institution for Southeast Asian Zoology and Natural History research & studies. However, one aspect of it was kept: The Building & its Architecture.  

Join us for an hour informal tour to gain a better understanding of the history & stories behind Singapore’s oldest museum, and its journey to become The National Museum of Singapore.

There will be no guided tour on Public Holidays if it falls on a weekday.