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Formerly known as the Singapore History Museum, the oldest museum in Singapore is now known as the National Museum of Singapore – after a $118 million refurbishment and branding. Its history dates back to 1849 when it opened on Stamford Road as the Raffles Library and Museum. It goes without saying, then, that The National Museum of Singapore is the best place to go to learn about the intriguing story of our nation. 

Your first stop should be the museum's permanent collections. Draw inspiration from the practice of belayar (voyage) in the Malay Archipelago during the 19th century at A Voyage of Love and Longing, which invites visitors to re-trace the complex emotions at its different points, from departure to return, through the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. The Singapore History Gallery shouldn't be missed by all history buffs. The gallery traces the history of Singapore from its beginnings in the 14th century to the present day.

Fan of teamLab should head to the Glass Rotunda to experience Story of the Forest, an immersive installation that transforms 69 drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings into three-dimensional animations. Framed by the natural foliage of Fort Canning, the Glass Rotunda stands as a modern architectural response to our museum’s 19th-century neo-Palladian Rotunda, which has existed since the institution’s opening in 1887.

The main gallery is jam-packed with objects and film footage, accompanied by no less than seven hours of audio narrative, explanations, dramatisations and soundscapes. National Museum of Singapore is also the backdrop of a dynamic range of events throughout the year – from Doraemon's Time-Travelling Adventures in Singapore and festivals such as the Singapore Night Festival to performances and film screenings. This is in addition to presenting exhibitions involving historically and culturally important collections of artefacts.

The museum's architecture is one to behold, too – making the perfect backdrop for your pictures or videos. Its facade boasts neo-classical features contrasted by new modernist extensions of glass and metal. 


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Doraemon Exhibition

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"Ah ah ah, I love you very much, Doraemon!" goes the theme song of beloved Japanese anime Doraemon. If you can sing along to every word – then rejoice – because The Doraemon Exhibition is coming to Singapore in a first ever showcase outside of Japan. Presented by LEYOUKI, with support from the National Museum of Singapore, the exhibition will be a nostalgic, thought-provoking, and – we're sure – adorable look back at the animation. See Doraemon reinterpreted through the eyes of 28 leading Japaanese contemporary artists and arts groups. Their works were created in response to the theme "Create Your Own Original Doraemon", bringing back memories and presenting multiple perspectives on the iconic Japanese character in paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography, and other mediums.  This is also your chance to view original drawings by the legendary manga artist, Fujiko F Fujio. Part of the manga writing duo responsible for the creation of Doraemon, the late artist's original drawings and sketches will displayed publicly for the first time at MANGA DORAEMON Original Drawings Exhibition.  You can also take home a piece of Doraemon with you. To mark the first global offshoot of The Doraemon Exhibition, there will be an exclusive line-up of cute and creative merchandise. Look forward to a line-up by the Fujiko F Fujio Museum, as well as uniquely Singaporean versions of original Doraemon collectibles.  Tickets to The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022 are priced at $30 and are now o

Story of the Forest

From the same people behind Future World, this art installation brings to life sixty-nine works from the William Farquhar Collection of National History Drawings within the museum’s Glass Rotunda. Look forward to roving animals, digital flora and seasonal weather in an expansive forest created by Japanese digital art collective teamLab, which seamlessly unfolds into a a virtual and visual landscape, immersing visitors in the story of Singapore's journey from its colonial past to its present-day modernity.

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