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With a rich history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is Singapore's oldest purpose-built museum. The Singapore History Gallery (Level 1) charts the development of Singapore through the nation’s defining moments, challenges and achievements from its earliest beginnings 700 years ago to the independent, modern city-state it is today.
The Level 2 Galleries feature “The Goh Seng Choo” gallery which displays a selection from the “William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings from 1803 -1818” under the theme of “A Voyage of Love and Longing”. Other Galleries on Level 2 explore themes close to the hearts of Singaporeans including Modern Colony, Surviving Syonan, Growing up in Singapore and Voices of Singapore.

FOM volunteers provide excellent tours of the History Gallery on Level 1 and the galleries on Level 2. Refer to the table below for a list of guided tours.


Linda Lim
Larissa Wiegele


93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday from 10am – 7pm

Guided Tours

Artefact Spotlight:
The Fall of Singapore
movie poster, 1942

During the Japanese Occupation, regional cinema kings, the Shaw Brothers, were coerced by the Japanese to restart film distribution. One of the first Japanese films released was ‘The Fall of Singapore’ (Mare Senki), a documentary made from clips from the Yamashita Press Corp as well as confiscated British newsreels.

Everyone was encouraged to see this film to witness Japan liberating Malaya from colonial rule. And the film was celebrated in Japan, where the defeat of Singapore was the touted as the greatest victory of the Japanese military.

Visit our Surviving Syonan gallery on Level 2 to learn more!

Interested in becoming a Docent?

Check out our Docent Training page for additional information on program dates.

2022-23 Training Program