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National Museum of Singapore: Singapore History Gallery and 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, 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$4 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]

S$11 per ticket for All Access Pass (Adult)

​S$11 per ticket for All Access Pass (Student / Senior)

National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque Selects presents: Eating Air / Billy Liar
Cinémathèque Selects is a monthly double-bill screening that profiles the boldest filmmakers 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 a conversation with the filmmaker and a second film guest that has influenced the filmmaker on a personal and professional level. Eating AirDirected by Jasmine Ng Kin Kia and Kelvin Tong1999 / 100 min / ratings TBA Eating Air came onto the scene just as Singapore’s nascent revival in filmmaking in the 1990s began to flourish. A year before the film’s release in 1999, the Singapore cinema scene was boosted by the appearance of Glen Goei’s Forever Fever, Tay Teck Lock’s Money No Enough and Philip Lim’s The Teenage Textbook Movie. Jasmine Ng and Kelvin Tong’s gangland kungfu romance fantasy is the daydreaming delinquent offspring of those earlier films. A vibrant cocktail of the old-school boy-meets-girl narrative, street gangster machismo and coming-of-age stories, the first-time feature is defined by realism and fantasy in equal measure.Benjamin Heng gives a spirited performance as Ah Boy, the leader of a motorcycle gang, whose carefree delinquent ways are challenged when the gang is embroiled in drugs and loan shark hustling. Adding to a volatile mix of street level violence and petty thefts is the appearance of Ah Girl, played by newcomer Alvina Toh, who is Ah Boy’s love interest and who compels him to make some life-changing decisions. The main cast was memorably supported by future director Michelle Chong and Channel 8 TV personality Mark Lee. Billy LiarDirected by John Schlesinger1963 / 93 min / ratings TBA A gem among the “kitchen-sink” dramas that constitute the British New Wave movement, Billy Liar, a film selected by the directors of Eating Air, inspired the production of the canonical 1990s Singapore film.In Billy Liar, Tom Courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as Billy Fisher, the underachieving undertaker’s assistant whose constant daydreams and truth-deficient stories earn him the nickname “Billy Liar”. Julie Christie, who plays his romantic interest, is the handbag-swinging charmer whose free spirit just might inspire Billy to finally move out of his parents’ house. Deftly veering from gritty realism to flamboyant fantasy, Billy Liar is a dazzling and hilarious classic. 
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What is Not Visible is Not Invisible
What is Not Visible is Not InvisibleFeaturing selected artworks from the French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art (FRAC)National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Galleries, BasementUntil 19 February 2017 What is Not Visible is Not Invisible broadly surveys the imaginary and the temporary through selected artworks from the French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art (FRAC). The title and design of this exhibition take inspiration from the artwork of the same title by French artist Julien Discrit. Thevisual paradox initiated in this modest yet profound work sets the premise for the deep-seeded themes that resonate throughout the exhibition. The 34 artworks by 32 French and international artists navigate a transient journey through both the philosophical and the physical by means of unconventional approaches in art-making. Together, the artworks encourage the audience to interact with and explore the intangible, the emotional and the volatile relationship between the abstract, the organic and the structured.Photo Caption:What is Not Visible is Not Invisible, 2008Julien DISCRITCollection of 49 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine© Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris The exhibition is a parallel project of the Singapore Biennale 2016.
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Event Date
Tue, 1 Nov 2016-Tue, 28 Feb 2017
Mon - Sun: 10am - 7pm
Last Entry into gallery: 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.