Oct 10, 2017

FREE Activities Galore for Families this Weekend as National Museum of Singapore turns 130 years old!

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The National Museum of Singapore turns 130 years old on 12 October and everyone is invited to the big bash this coming weekend!

Back in 1887 on 12 October at 5pm, the 14th Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Frederick Weld, opened the Raffles Library and Museum at Stamford Road. The oldest of its kind in Singapore, the museum was then established to spur intellectual inquiry in the region. It grew alongside the country, survived the Japanese Occupation and has transformed into a socio-history and cultural institution that is well-loved by many. Today, the National Museum of Singapore continues to excite and inspire visitors with its innovative ways of presenting history and the national collection.

It's FREE admission to ALL galleries from 12 to 15 October and there will be plenty to give both kids and adults entertained.

History buffs can discover the National Museum’s fascinating history, the building, its galleries and people behind it though art installations and guided tours led by the museum's curators and docents. Families can enjoy live music performances, shop at a retro market, while kids can indulge in craft activities and cupcake decoration.

Here are some of the activities happening over the four days of celebration:

1. An Art Trail

Embark on a special journey through a suite of art installations sited in and around the museum. Relook the various sites and spaces of the museum, reacquaint yourselves with the museum as a building and social space, and re-examine the stories told in its galleries.

La Bétonnière Boule à Facettes
12 – 22 Oct | 6.30pm – 11pm | Front of Museum

I think the video sells itself. How often can one boogie away with the kids under the stars with a cement truck acting as a giant disco ball???

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Video Credit: National Museum of Singapore

Constellation of One
12 Oct – 31 Dec | Rotunda, Level 1

12 – 22 Oct | Grand Staircase, Level 1

Pondok Irama
12 – 22 Oct | Glass Atrium, Level 2

12 Oct – 31 Dec | Stamford Green, access from Level 2 Coach Bay

2. Cedele Playdough Activity
Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 Oct | 2pm – 4pm | Glass Atrium, level 2

Construct your own little museum using 100% natural food-derived moulding clay to celebrate the museum’s 130th birthday. 

*On-site registration on a first come, first served basis required until all 50 moulding clay kits each day have been issued.

3. Light-up Birthday Card
Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 Oct | 10.30am – 1.30pm | Glass Atrium, level 2

Work with your child to create a special birthday card that lights up for the museum’s 130th birthday!

*45 mins each session. Limited to the first 20 children (with accompanying adults) each session. Please register on-site in advance.

4. Cedele Cupcake Decoration
Sat, 14 Oct | 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Sun, 15 Oct | 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Activity Space, Level 3

Decorate an exclusive cupcake with a variety of naturally dyed cake icing and sprinkles for the museum’s birthday!

*Register here for the 14 Oct session, and here for the 15 Oct session. 45 mins each session. $25 per pair (child accompanied by an adult, or two adults), pre-registration required. Limited to the first 25 pairs each session.

5. Immersive Scent-sations at the Glass Rotunda

As part of the museum’s 130th anniversary celebrations, three special scents have been introduced to Story of the Forest, an interactive art installation by teamLab that is housed within the museum’s unique Glass Rotunda.

The first scent, Welcome Flowers, greets visitors as they enter the upper rotunda, bringing to life the constellation of flowers that cascade from the top of the dome structure. As visitors make their way through the passage, they will encounter the second scent, Story of the Forest, as they interact with the flora and fauna within the virtual forest. The digital landscape comes to life at the base of the Glass Rotunda, where visitors will experience the third scent Relaxing Forest, as they witness trees flourishing before their eyes, as well as playful animals coming out of their hiding places amid the foliage.

6. Artisanal Retro Market
Fri, 13 Oct | 5pm – 10pm
Sat, 14 Oct | 2pm – 10pm
Sun, 15 Oct | 10am – 6pm
The Concourse, Level 1 & Glass Atrium & Coach Bay, Level 2

Indulge in some retail therapy at this specially curated flea market. Bring home one-of-a-kind handicraft, creative knick-knacks and locally-made produce. Find brand new and pre-loved items at a car boot sale or take a break at a pop-up cafe.

7. National Museum Historic Tours for Families
Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 Oct | 11am & 3.30pm (45 min each)

Let the museum's experienced docents take you on special journeys around the museum and discover more about this 130-year-old institution.

*Limited to the first 15 adult-child pairs. On-site registration at the museum’s Visitor Services counter is required and will commence 30 minutes before the start of each tour.

8. FREE Birthday Cupcake Giveaway!
Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 Oct | 4pm | Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement

Enjoy a Cedele cupcake when you visit the museum during the birthday weekend! Here’s how:

1) Follow the National Museum of Singapore on Facebook or Instagram
2) Snap and post a photo of yourself in the museum with your birthday wishes and #happy130nms
3) Show the post at the giveaway booth to get your cupcake, while stocks last.

And remember, it is FREE ADMISSION to ALL GALLERIES so take the chance to explore the National Museum of Singapore too!

Useful Information

National Museum of Singapore 130th Anniversary Celebrations
Thu, 12 Oct | 10am – 7pm (last admission 6:30pm)
Fri – Sun, 13 – 15 Oct | 10am – 10pm (last admission 9pm)
FREE Admission

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