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National Day Celebrations with the National Museum of Singapore

20 Jul, 2020 - 10 Aug, 2020

Join the National Museum of Singapore this August to make your celebration of Singapore’s 55th birthday a special one! There will be a variety of programmes for you to celebrate National Day, either from the comforts of your home or at the museum.


National Day Colouring Competition 2020: The Padang of Singapore | 20 July – 1 August 2020 (11.59pm)

What was the Padang was like in the 1800s? Who went there, and what kind of activities took place in the area? How would you like the Padang to look like in the future? Drawing inspiration from the museum’s artefact, The Padang in Singapore (1851) by John Turnbull Thomson, young audiences up to the age of 13 can share how they would turn the Padang into a place for people to enjoy. Watch this video to find out more!

To participate

  1. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions
  2. Download the template here:
  3. For participants 9 years and below
  4. For participants 10−13 years old
  5. Please submit your completed artwork here! All submissions must be received by 11.59pm on 1 August 2020.

The programme and prizes are supported by STAEDTLER and ArtWorks.

Timmy and Tammy at the National Day Parade Storytelling and Games Session *live-streamed* | 8 August, 11am (45 min) | Ages 4 and up

Join us for this live session where children can listen to the story of Timmy & Tammy at the National Day Parade, and have a fun-filled time with activities such as a game of charades and a finish-the-lyrics challenge! The live-stream will take place on the National Museum of Singapore’s Facebook page. A recording of the session will be available after the event.



The [email protected] | 7 – 10 August 2020, 10.30am – 6pm | Various Galleries

Exploration the galleries with The [email protected]! Discover clues that will lead you to exciting artefacts, and be inspired to view history through a fresh perspective. Solve puzzles, accomplish tasks, share your reflections with us and complete your journey with a special souvenir from the museum. All you need is a mobile device or tablet with a Facebook account and the Facebook Messenger app. Register online (link will be available towards the end of the month) if you would like to go on The [email protected] Please remember to take note of safe-distancing guidelines while you are exploring the galleries!

Time Capsule Wall and Artworks by Students | 7 August 2020 onwards, 10am – 7pm | Outside Stamford Gallery and Longer Concourse, Level 1

This is a special installation featuring 55,000 pledges contributed by youth from all over Singapore, expressing their well wishes, words of encouragement and visions for our nation. There will also be a display of artworks by young students, encapsulating what they have learnt about Singapore from their interactions with seniors. This is presented in collaboration with Art For Cause SG, a youth ground-up movement which uses art as a medium to raise awareness for and inspire Singaporeans to care about the current and future issues that affect our country.

Writings on the Wall | 7 – 10 August 2020, 10am – 7pm | LED Wall, Level 1

What are your hopes and wishes for Singapore, and how we can make a difference? Share them and watch as your wishes, along with a selection of the students’ pledges from the Time Capsule, appear on the museum’s LED wall!

United Through Culture − National Day 2020 Façade Projection at NMS | 1-30 August 2020, 7.30pm-11pm daily

Catch the façade projection at the National Museum of Singapore as it comes alight in celebration of Singapore’s 55th birthday with the theme “Together, a Stronger Singapore”.



Digital version of Home, Truly: Growing up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present special exhibition | 3 August 2020

What makes Singapore Singapore? And what makes Singapore home? Journey with us through the At Home, Truly digital experience, which relives the highs, lows, and moments in-between of Singapore’s journey from its beginnings as a nation to today, through the eyes of Nadine, a curious nine-year-old, and Hock Seng, her beloved grandfather. Each chapter of our characters’ story has been illustrated by a different artist, in their own inimitable style.

At Home, Truly is a digital experience that complements and serves as a teaser to the physical exhibition, Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present, which will open at a later date. The digital experience features a series of posts on Roots.sg about artefacts, photographs, oral histories and video clips related to Singapore’s rich history.

National Day Music Performances | 8 and 9 August 2020, 2pm

Watch performances — streamed live from the museum! Sit back and sing along to familiar tunes from the comfort of your homes. The Purple Symphony (9 Aug): The Purple Symphony, Singapore’s largest inclusive orchestra, will present a rousing set comprising “We Will Get There”, “Bunga Sayang”, “Singai Naadu” and “Voices from the People’s Hearts”.


Please check the National Museum of Singapore’s website and social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) for updates, especially for those who plan to visit the museum on National Day. 


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