The museum has recently introduced glass and metal into the design of the museum, providing a modern fusion with Neo-Palladian and Renaissance architecture styles. With the assistance of an audio-visual hand-held device, viewers can gain further insight within the following five permanent exhibits.
The Singapore History Gallery is the main exhibit which consists of two main trails. Events journeys to the historical records while Personal Stories is a path of Singapore's history retold by personal experiences, presenting Singapore's history in both the factual point of view, as well as more deeply engaging and interesting personal perspectives.
The four-part Singapore Living Galleries series explores various aspect of Singapore Living - Food, Photography, Fashion, and Film. Each section examine the history of that aspect in an experience designed to engage all five senses. The food section, for example, depicts the classic culinary delights that Singaporeans ate (and continue to enjoy), and even allows the visitor to have a whiff of what the spices used smell like. The exhibits are also deepened by a myriad of personal touches, to make learning about the past smoother and more engaging.
The National Museum of Singapore is also home to 11 national treasures that have been held for its historical significance in the context of Singapore's socio-cultural history, tracing back from as early as the 14th century to the 1950s. Preserved with state-of-the-art conservation techniques, visitors can now appreciate these 11 Singapore gems in their full glory.
With several ongoing exhibits, not to mention the endless array of workshops, lecture programs, film screenings and festivals, the National Museum has been said to be the most happening museum among Singapore's contemporary museums.
Visit the museum for a comprehensive exploration of Singapore's history and witness how history has shaped Singapore to become the sleek and modern metropolis it is today.
Child (under 18 years old): S$5.00
- Student (tourist with valid student pass)
- NS Regular (with valid 11B pass)
- & Senior (tourist 60 years and above)
Family package (3 adults and 2 children): S$30.00
Child (6 years and under): Free Admission
- Senior (Singaporean or Permanent Resident 60 years and above)
- Students (Singaporean or Permanent Resident)
- NSF (with valid 11B pass)
For a brief period between 1993 and March 2006, the National Museum of Singapore was known as the Singapore History Museum, before reverting back to its previous name.