10am – 7pm
Celebrate the year of the Rat with your friends and family at the National Museum! Enjoy a lion dance performance, or learn about the different or similar practices celebrated by other visitors during Chinese New Year. You can also create a special festive keepsake at our drop-in craft stations, and enjoy a live music performance of Lunar New Year tunes.
Drop-in Craft Activity: Keychain Art
11am – 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free Admission
Create your own customised and unique keychain! Draw your favourite Lunar New Year icons such as a lion, red packets, pineapple tarts or more and see your masterpiece turned into a keychain for you to hook onto your bags or keys. While stocks last. Last admission at 4.50pm.
Storytelling: My Mummy’s and My Chinese New Year
2pm & 3.30pm (30 mins per session) | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free | Ages 5 and above
Step into a Chinese New Year when the family’s tailor business kept even the youngest children busy and crowds cheered around firecrackers on the streets. As the story unfolds, paint cherry blossoms together with your child on a Chinese fan which you can take home after. An engaging and reflective session to spark inter-generational conversations for the family!
Limited to 25 children per session. Registration required at familyfunnms.peatix.com. Walk-ins accepted subject to availability of places.
Share a Memory: Lunar New Year Chronicles
11am – 5pm | Shorter Concourse, Level 1 | Free Admission
Share with us your stories of Lunar New Year! What customs and traditions do you practise with family and friends during this festive season? Pen your story and see how similar or different your celebrations are compared to other visitors!
Live Music Performance
3pm – 3.30pm | Level 2 | Free Admission
Enjoy a special Chinese New Year music performance with talented musicians and groove to popular Lunar New Year Tunes!
A Lighter Side of History: Symbols and Practices of a Uniquely Singaporean Lunar New Year
2pm – 3pm | The Salon, Level 1 | $10 per participant
Lunar New Year is observed around the world, but what are some practices that are unique to Singapore?
Hear from Frank Fu – the author and illustrator of Let’s Celebrate (大家来过节), a series of light-hearted books about festivals in Singapore – as he shares his thoughts on practices unique to Singapore such as lo hei. He will also decode the rich symbolism related to food, customs and practices during the Lunar New Year, and the surprising similarities and differences between the Lunar New Year and other festivals that are celebrated by the different ethnic groups.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a lo hei session in the museum to ring in the Lunar New Year with a toss to health, happiness and prosperity!
Limited spaces available. Visit lsoh-lny20.peatix.com to register now!
Lion Dance Performance
1.30pm | Outside the Singapore History Gallery, Level 1 | Free Admission
Don’t miss an exciting lion dance performance and join us as we welcome the Lunar New Year at the museum!
Screening of ‘The Reunion Dinner’ by Anthony Chen
4pm – 5pm | The Salon, Level 1 | Free Admission
Catch this locally produced short movie on family, written and directed by Anthony Chen, as it traces the relationship between 10 year-old Boon and his barber father, Teck.
Full movie is approximately 15 minutes and it will loop during the one-hour.