09 Aug‘18

National Day Open House at the National Museum

Post Category - Arts + Culture , Fun + GamesArts + Culture , Fun + Games

Time: 10am – 8.30pm

Come dressed in your best red-and-white outfit and join us for a day of fun programmes inspired by Singapore’s icons, including exhibitions about our history and culture, live music performances by local duo Jack & Rai, and a showcase of the 15 Shorts film initiative. Enjoy interactive family-friendly highlights which include a colouring competition, scavenger hunt and craft activities featuring popular national icons, and then round off the celebrations with a live telecast of the National Day Parade at the Glass Atrium and The Salon!

Be Inspired by Stories of Singapore Through Screenings

Celebrating Singapore’s Unknown Heroes: A Showcase of the 15 Shorts Film Initiative
3pm – 5pm
Gallery Theatre, Basement Level

Catch a moving selection of short films from the 15 Shorts film initiative, and be inspired by Singaporeans who performed powerful acts of giving between the 1970s and 1990s. Don’t miss this opportunity to join Daniel Yun, veteran filmmaker and executive producer of 15 Shorts, and directors Sean Ng and Jason Lee for a panel discussion after. This segment is supported by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).

Featured films: Shelter (directed by Sean Ng) and The Buddy (directed by Jason Lee)

15 Shorts is a charity film initiative by NVPC and Blue3Asia, in support of SG Cares.

Live Telecast of the National Day Parade
5.40pm (Please be seated by 5.20pm)
Glass Atrium, Level 2, and The Salon, Level 1

View the live broadcast of the National Day Parade at the iconic National Museum of Singapore, surrounded by decades of rich history and culture!

Discover Singapore’s History and Culture in Museum Exhibitions

The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030
10am – 8.30pm (Last admission at 8pm)
Stamford Gallery, Level 1

From the iconic dragon playgrounds of the 1970s to today’s modern, inclusive and community-built versions, playgrounds have played a part in our collective experience of growing up in Singapore. Relive those memories, design your own playground, and contribute to the building of the National Museum of Singapore’s very own playground!

Moving Memories
10am – 8.30pm (for National Day Open House)

In celebration of National Day, the National Museum of Singapore is bringing back Moving Memories, a selection of Yip Yew Chong’s life-sized murals that seek to express the romance of “places and moments… that blend sights, sounds, smell and taste”. Savour these moments of our tangible and intangible heritage, such as barbers in back lanes and fortune tellers, traditional kopi-making and road-side communal satay-eating, as they come alive through animation, soundscape and projection in Gallery10.

Families can look forward to a self-guided activity with activity sheets provided on-site.

This installation will run from 1 to 13 August, and 27 August to 9 September 2018.

Glass Rotunda: Story of the Forest and Singapore, Very Old Tree
10am – 5pm (Last admission at 5pm)
The Glass Rotunda, Level 2

An enthralling experience awaits you in Story of the Forest, an immersive digital installation of lush flora and fauna inspired by the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings and created by internationally renowned art collective teamLab. As you make your way down the Glass Rotunda, watch the animated illustrations come to life, before tracing Singapore’s roots with iconic trees in the exhibition Singapore, Very Old Tree by renowned local photographer and artist Robert Zhao.

Delve deeper into Singapore’s history and culture in other permanent gallery exhibitions such as the Singapore History Gallery, Life in Singapore: The Past 100 Years Galleries, and Goh Seng Choo Gallery: Magic and Menace.

Showcase of Project ARTISAN Artworks
10am – 8.30pm
The Canyon, Basement Level

Catch a selection of artworks created by pairs of youth-senior dyads who share their personal stories of love, courage and resilience through artistic expressions.

This showcase is part of Project ARTISAN (Aspiration and Resilience Through Intergenerational Storytelling and Art-based Narratives) developed by Nanyang Technological University Singapore, with the National Arts Council and the National Museum of Singapore.

Get Creative with Interactive Activities and Crafts

Bouncy Adventures and Families for Life Bouncy Castles
Bouncy Adventures: 10am – 12pm, and 2.30pm – 6pm | Front Lawn
Families for Life Bouncy Castles: 10am – 6pm | Bus Bay
Suitable for 2 years and above

Embark on a bouncy adventure with interactive inflatable playgrounds that are inspired by iconic mosaic playgrounds of yesteryear, or inflatable bouncy castles! You can also go on an “animal hunt” with our animal springers for more bouncy fun.

The Families for Life Bouncy Castles is supported by Families for Life.

Colouring Competition
10.30am – 2pm
Glass Atrium, Level 2, and Gallery Theatre
Registration starts at 10.30am, and the competition starts at 11am. The prize presentation ceremony will be held from 12.30pm to 1.30pm at the National Museum’s Gallery Theatre, Basement Level.

Unleash your creativity in this colouring competition that features a Singapore icon. Express your thoughts on what makes Singapore, what your dreams for Singapore are or what makes Singapore home.

This competition is open to the first 150 pairs of parent/ grandparent and child/ grandchild. A colouring pack (with retail value of $18) is available with a minimum donation of $5. Limited to the first 200 participants.

The programme and prizes are supported by STAEDTLER.

Wishes for Singapore Video Booth
11am – 6pm
Glass Atrium, Level 2

Record your wishes for Singapore with your friends and families in this video booth, and send yourself a copy of this memorable event!

The National Museum Pop-up Birthday Card
11am – 5pm
Under the Grand Staircase, Level 1

What’s your birthday wish for Singapore? Personalise a special pop-up birthday card and pen your wish for Singapore!

Craft Activities
11am – 5pm

Craft Kitchen Activity (1pm – 5pm): Gallery Theatre Foyer, Basement Level

Glass Magnet Activity: Create Room Level 3

Wearable Headgear: Open spaces, Level 3

Postcard: Glass Atrium, Level 2

Celebrate Singapore’s identity as a foodie paradise – try your hand at creating mini paper-mache of local desserts such as potong ice cream, ice-cream wafer sandwich and ice kachang. Bring home your own glass magnet creation, wearable headgear or postcard inspired by your favourite Singapore icon!

Scavenger Hunt
10am – 5pm
Various galleries

Search the museum’s galleries for little-known aspects of Singapore, and bag a 3D model or sculpted balloon prize of your choice upon completion of a scavenger hunt card!

3D Printing
11am – 5pm
Opposite The Salon, Level 1

Watch the process of 3D printing with experts on-site to explain the steps to create your own 3D model, which can be redeemed with a completed scavenger hunt or reflection card.

Balloon Sculpting
11am – 5pm
The Canyon, Basement Level

Back by popular demand, these special “National Day Balloons” take balloon sculpting to a whole new level. Get a whimsical Chilli Crab, Vanda Miss Joaquim or Changi Airport-shaped balloon sculpture for keeps! Redeemable with a completed scavenger hunt or reflection card.

Pop-Up Adventure Playground @ NMS
10.30am – 12.30pm, and 3pm – 5pm
Banyan Tree
Suitable for 3 years and above

Learn how we transform everyday objects and “junk” into a playground!

Be Entertained by Literary and Musical Performances

Performances on the Steinway – Jack & Rai, and Dunman High School
12.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm (Jack & Rai), 2pm (Dunman High School)
The Platform, Level 2

Be entertained by Dunman High School and spend an exciting afternoon with Singapore’s dynamic duo Jack & Rai, and sing along as they perform on the special red Steinway piano!

Literary Recital inspired by The More We Get Together exhibition by Haig Girls’ School
11am – 11.30am
The Salon, Level 1

In 2018, students from Haig Girls’ School explored what playgrounds mean to them through the creation of advertisement campaigns on playground safety, visiting and learning from NMS’s exhibition, The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030, and visiting an inclusive playground with children with special needs. Their experiences have culminated in an inclusive publication that they hope will encourage readers to think about what play means to every child, everywhere. Come listen to them as they share their writing, advertising campaigns and experiences!

Storytelling Session by Esther Eio
1.30pm – 2pm
The Salon, Level 1

A special treat for the little ones – come and listen to Esther as she shares the story of Timmy and Tammy at the Dragon Playground, which features Singapore’s dragon playground – the guardian of friendships!

Gran’s Short Stories by ACE Seniors
2.30pm – 3pm, and 3.30pm – 4pm
The Salon, Level 1

Did you know that between 1975 and 1983, the National Day Parade was brought to multiple heartlands each year? This National Day, come listen to Grandma Georgina share her memories of past National Days, and be inspired to ask your own grandparents about their memories. Featuring engaging dramatisation and interactive hands-on activities, these storytelling sessions are a wonderful introduction to Singapore’s history and heritage, as told through our grandmas’ first-hand experiences!

This programme is supported by ACE Seniors.   

Other National Day Specials

Special Giveaway of My Family Weekend Umbrella
10am – 6pm, Fort Canning Office (Upon subscription to the FFL e-newsletter, while stocks last)
This giveaway is supported by Families for Life.

Food and Beverages, and Families for Life Mobile Café and Games
11am – 8pm (various food trucks), 10am – 6pm (Families for Life Mobile Café)
Front Lawn and Bus Bay

Enjoy delicious grub from food trucks owned by our very own Singaporeans. From light bites for snack lovers to wholesome meals to satisfy the bigger appetites, we’ve got something for everyone!

Please note that food and drinks (including bottled water) are not permitted in the galleries. The Families for Life Mobile Café and games are supported by Families for Life.

Event Price


Event Location

National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897