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National Museum of Singapore: Singapore History Gallery, Life in Singapore Galleries and Glass Rotunda

With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE is the nation's oldest museum with a progressive mind. A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the museum redefines the conventional museum experience by exploring multiple perspectives of history and cutting-edge presentations. The National Museum refreshed and re-opened its permanent galleries on 19 September 2015 for Singapore's Golden Jubilee. With updated stories and content, the galleries recapture the nation's defining moments, challenges and achievements from its earliest beginnings 700 years ago to the independent, modern city-state it is today. Visit the SINGAPORE HISTORY GALLERY, the LIFE IN SINGAPORE: THE PAST 100 YEARS galleries, and the GOH SENG CHOO GALLERY and the GLASS ROTUNDA, and take another look at Singapore's history.


The Singapore History Gallery's updated narrative charts the development of the island as it was known through the years as Singapura, Crown Colony, Syonan-To, and finally, Singapore. In celebration of 50 years of independence, this gallery is refreshed with updated stories and content on Singapore's history, capturing the nation's defining moments, challenges and achievements from its earliest beginnings 700 years ago to the independent, modern city-state it is today.


Spanning the last 100 years, these four galleries present snapshots of everyday life through the different eras in Singapore's history. In the gallery examining the 1920s-1930s, discover how modern and progressive people were in colonial times. Gain a deeper appreciation for the resourcefulness and resilience of those who found hope and love in the gallery covering the years of the Japanese Occupation. See the 1950s-1960s through the eyes of a child growing up alongside the nation, as this gallery captures the dreams and aspirations of a generation. Self-expression and

creativity take the front seat in the 1970s-1980s gallery, which explores how a new, confident, Singaporean identity emerged.


Discover the fine line between Desire and Danger at this stimulating new exhibition at the Goh Seng Choo Gallery. Featuring creatures that arouse appetites and instil fear, and exotic plants sought for their ability to induce pleasure or pain, this selection of drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings explores the complex and sometimes uneasy relationship between man and nature.


The National Museum of Singapore’s Glass Rotunda offers visitors the option of beginning their experience of the Singapore History Gallery with two permanent art installations. Story of the Forest is a digital art installation inspired by the museum’s prized William Farquhar Collection of

Natural History Drawings. Sixty-nine drawings from the collection are brought to life through a spectacular, larger-than-life digital presentation, transporting visitors to 20th-century Malaya as viewed through the eyes of the artists of that time, and reimagined today by interdisciplinary Japanese art collective teamLab. At the end of this interactive multimedia journey, visitors

will view a photography exhibit titled Singapore, Very Old Tree by Singaporean artist Robert Zhao that explores the discourse of nature through 17 images of trees around Singapore, before they continue to the Singapore History Gallery.

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NHB Open House Days Calendar 2016/2017

  • Christmas: 25 December 2016, Sun
  • New Year's Day: 1 January 2017, Sun

Rating / Age Limit

  • All patrons must purchase or show proof of ticket purchase at the museum's Visitor Services counter before entering any gallery.
  • Free admission for children aged 6 years and below.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography with flash, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.

Additional Info

  • For further discount tiers, please call 6332 3659.
  • Last entry into Glass Rotunda is at 6.15pm and all other galleries at 6:30pm
  • Tickets are only valid for the stipulated date and are valid for 1 day.

Through National Museum Visitor Services Counter

S$9 per ticket for Non-Singaporean Students and Seniors (60 years & above)
[Verification: Full Time students with valid student pass]
Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry.
Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets.

S$9 per ticket for Tour Agent

S$11 per ticket for Group Booking with a minimum purchase of 20 Adult tickets. For groups larger than 20, 3-weeks advance booking with the National Museum required.

S$11 per ticket for SIA Privileges
[Applicable upon presenting valid SIA boarding pass within 7 days of travel or valid Kris Flyer membership card]

National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque Selects presents: Short Films featuring Sound Design by Lim Ting Li / The Birds
Cinémathèque Selects is a monthly double-bill screening that profiles the boldest film-makers and most inventive productions from Singapore’s past to its present. Focusing on diverse aspects of film-making, from directing to producing, script writing to cinematography and art direction, the series uncovers lesser-known local productions and features significant films in Singapore’s cinematic landscape. Each film screening is accompanied by conversations with the film-maker. A second film chosen by the film-maker reveals his or her inspiration and influences from diverse corners of the film world.Short films featuring sound design by Lim Ting Li Un Retrato de Familia 2004 / Boo Junfeng / 8minAik Khoon 2005 / Chris Yeo Siew Hua (Chen Bang Jun) / 15minNewton 2009 / Ho Tze Nyen / 5minBefore the Wedlock House 2012 / Liao Jiekai / 15minRoboMax 2013 / Moayad Fahmi / 9minRadiance 2013 / Andrew Cumming / 24min76min / Ratings TBASound design in Singapore films has made strides in both technical polish and professional nuance in recent years. Lim Ting Li began her professional career in film audio in 2004, at a time when the local film scene saw a rejuvenation of new voices. Featuring short films ranging from experimental to those with special effects, and by filmmakers as diverse as Boo Junfeng and Ho Tze Nyen, this screening by Cinematheque Selects highlights Lim as one of the most prominent sound designers in the Singapore film industry.The Birds Directed by Alfred Hitchcock1963 / 119min / ratings TBAA key film in Alfred Hitchcock’s eminent body of work, The Birds marries Hitchcock’s penchant for technical wizardry with deeper Freudian concerns. Based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, the film is the peak of Hitchcock’s work, preceded by some of the most significant films in cinema – Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho. Constructed without the characteristic musical score of its time, The Birds relies instead on an electronic soundtrack that includes simulated bird cries and wing flaps to create valleys of tension and pastoral calm.Visit www.nationalmuseum.sg for more information.
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Event Date
Tue, 1 Nov 2016-Tue, 28 Feb 2017

Mon - Sun: 10am - 7pm
Last Entry to Glass Rotunda at 6.15pm
Last Entry to all other galleries at 6.30pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$14 (General Admission)

- Free admission for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents. Pink or blue NRIC must be presented at the museum’s Visitor Services counter for admission before entering any gallery.

- Admission charges apply for non-Citizen or non-Permanent Resident visitors without pink or blue NRIC.