Online Exhibitions

  • An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Modern Singapore

    In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew 1923 - 2015

    Uncover two centuries of international exploration, trade and intrigue that culminated in the founding of Singapore as an entrepot in 1819.

  • Guo Pei: Chinese Art & Couture

    Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture

    Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture opened ACM’s Season of Chinese Art in 2019, and explored the best of the genre presented for a contemporary, international audience.

  • Singapore’s Hawker Culture: Our Material Heritage

    Singapore’s Hawker Culture: Our Material Heritage

    Discover how our rich hawker heritage, having evolved with technological advancements and shifting consumer tastes, continue to define Singapore's social and culinary experiences.

  • Heritage Conservation Centre: Caring for the National Collection

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    Opened in 2000, the Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC) is a purpose-built facility located on Jurong Port Road that serves as the repository of the National Collection (NC). It houses more than 250,000 artefacts and artworks in climate-controlled stores and conservation laboratories. Here, a dedicated team of cataloguers, collections managers, conservators, estates and support staff, photographers and scientists strive to manage and care for them to the highest professional standards.

  • Heritage Conservation Centre: Conservation Services

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    One of the key duties of the HCC is to care for and carry out conservation treatment on the National Collection (NC). The main purpose of this is to strengthen the stability of its physical condition so that the artefacts and artworks can remain accessible for generations to come and preserve our shared heritage. The artefacts are diverse, and their physical condition can range from stable to fragile.

  • Heritage Conservation Centre: Collections Management

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    The Collections Management (CM) department at HCC is responsible for the management of and facilitating access to the National Collection.

  • Ramadan Together

    Ramadan Together

    Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar and the holiest month of the year. Muslims all around the world fast (referred to as puasa in Malay) from sunrise to sunset every day throughout the month. It is also believed that the first chapters of the Quran, the Islamic holy text, were revealed to Prophet Muhammad during this month.

  • Once Upon a Time in Little India

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    This digital archive of the Once Upon a Time in Little India exhibition features ten stories presented in the exhibition.

  • Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera Dan Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting & Refracting Singapura

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    The exhibition showcases indigenous historical sources to provide counterpoints to Western perspectives and narratives of the Malay World.

  • From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits – Revisiting Our Tamil Heritage

    From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits

    This exhibition presents a compendium of narratives that recount the experiences of Tamil diasporas in Southeast Asia and Singapore from pre-modern to contemporary times.

  • A Journey of Devotion - Celebrating Thaipusam in Singapore

    A Journey of Devotion

    Thaipusam is a time of devotion, sacrifice and thanksgiving, dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan, who symbolises bravery, power and virtue.

  • Chetti Melaka of the Straits - Rediscovering Peranakan Indian Communities


    The Chetti Melaka (or Chitty Melaka) are descendants of Tamil traders who settled in Melaka during the reign of the Melaka Sultanate (15th - 16th centuries) and married local women of Malay and Chinese descent.

  • The Singapore Story through 60 objects

    In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew 1923 - 2015

    To commemorate 60 years of self-rule, this graphic spread presents 60 objects from Singapore's various National Collections which, when taken together, provide a sweeping overview of the story of Singapore from the late first millennium, through the colonial period to the present.

  • Our History of Healthcare

    The Singapore General Hospital

    The exhibition focussed on the history and evolution of healthcare in Singapore from the 1800s to present day Singapore and showcased the significant milestones and achievements of the healthcare sector.

  • Former Ford Factory

    In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew 1923 - 2015

    Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies is a World War II exhibition presented by the National Archives of Singapore at the historic Former Ford Factory.

  • From the Stacks: Highlights of the National Library

    In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew 1923 - 2015

    Script & Stage explores the fascinating roots of local playwriting and theatre production, highlighting significant performances, playwrights and prominent theatre companies that have shaped the foundation of contemporary theatre in Singapore. Explore all these and more at this virtual exhibition.

  • Law of the Land : Highlights of Singapore’s Constitutional Documents

    In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew 1923 - 2015

    This exhibition explores the history and development of Singapore’s constitution from Singapore’s founding as a British settlement in 1819 to its emergence as a sovereign republic in 1965.

  • Selling Dreams : Early Advertising in Singapore

    In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew 1923 - 2015

    Modelled after a department store, this exhibition highlights advertisements promoting a myriad of products, services and brands that once saturated Singapore’s busy consumer market.

  • In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew 1923 - 2015

    In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew 1923 - 2015

    This memorial exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore chronicles the life and political career of Singapore’s first Prime Minister and founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

  • The League Against Evil: A DC Super Heroes Exhibition

    The League Against Evil: A DC Super Heroes Exhibition

    Learn about the history and origins of DC Comics and the "World's Greatest Super Heroes"-SUPERMAN, BATMAN and WONDER WOMAN, and the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

  • A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s - 1970s

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    A Changed World explores the development of Singapore art in light of the rapid changes that took place in Singapore after World War II. It charts the artists' own engagement with changes in Singapore's political, economic, social and urban landscape, and how they expressed their responses through their art.

  • Seeing is Believing: Unusual Stamps Exhibition

    Seeing is Believing: Unusual Stamps Exhibition

    Have you seen stamps that are made of materials other than paper? Come and view a display of unusual stamps from the museum's permanent collection from Singapore and overseas. Discover quirky features on these little treasures that tickle your five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch.

  • Spice is Nice

    Spice is Nice

    "Spice is Nice" exhibition traces the voyages of discovery, spice trade, colonisation, migration pattern, life in early Singapore, traditional cures and flavours of regional cuisine.

  • Devotion and Desire - Cross-Cultural Art in Asia

    Devotion and Desire - Cross-Cultural Art in Asia

    When cultures come together, distinctive works of art are created. This exhibition reveals new directions for the Asian Civilisations Museum, which has recently focused on building understanding of the diverse cultures of Asia. The objects reveal surprising connections between Asian cultures, and between Asia and the wider world.

  • Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen draws on firsthand accounts of six tradesmen and community contributions to provide fresh insights on old trades of Singapore. In spotlighting the lives of the six individuals and placing their contemporary accounts at the heart of storytelling.

  • Exhibitions Online - Indian Trade Textiles

    Indian Trade Textile

    In the 17th and 18th centuries, millions of yards of cloth a year were produced in the Indian subcontinent and traded to Asia, the Islamic lands, and Europe. Patterns of Trade: Indian Textiles for Export 1400 - 1900 explores the significant influence of Indian cloth on early trade and later textile design through over seventy Indian trade textiles from the Asian Civilisations Museum's collection. This exhibition marks the first time that a major part of this important collection has been shown to the public.

  • Exhibitions Online - Home History Nation

    Exhibitions Online - Home History Nation

    Negotiating Home, History and Nation presents work by fifty-four seminal artists from six Southeast Asian countries. This extensive two-decade survey gives audiences the opportunity to form a cogent picture of the common threads linking recent Southeast Asian art practices. However diverse the cultures and national structures of the countries of Southeast Asia, the exhibition highlights regional artists' common purpose in their exploration of topics such as nation-building, history, memory, urbanisation, and religious and gender discourses.

  • Exhibitions Online - Biennale 2011

    Exhibitions Online - Biennale 2011

    The online exhibition features only a selection of works from the Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q and the National Museum of Singapore. The third Singapore Biennale, titled Open House, features works by 63 artist from 30 countries. The theme examines the often fiercely guarded boundaries betweem public and private, and the manner in which difference may be bridged through interaction and exchange.

  • Exhibitions Online - Liu Kang

    Exhibitions Online - Liu Kang

    Liu Kang - A Centennial Celebration, 29 July - 16 October 2011 -- Lui Kang is one of the most influential artists of his generation in Singapore. He is not only a prolific artist, but also an active leader in pushing the development of art in Singapore through theoretical, political and educational engagements with visual art. Elements of art and tradition from different regions - Europe, Southeast Asia and China - come together in Liu Kang's art. Although he painted chiefly in oil, a medium in the Western tradition, he followed the traditional practice of Chinese ink painting and is also influenced by batik in the use of bold outlines and broad colour fields. We see a fusion of styles from different cultures in Liu Kang's works, of which is anchored in Southeast Asian context. Through this exhibition, visitors are invited to go on a journey of exploration into the mind and life of the artist as he assumed multiple roles in his artistic life.

  • Exhibitions Online - Thrice Upon A Time

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    Thrice Upon A Time takes a contemporary look at the very old notions of stories and storytelling in the Philippines, and highlights the role of the artist as storyteller.

  • Exhibitions Online - Land of the Morning

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    An exploration of the material culture of the Philippines that looks at the diverse components of Filipino identity and shows how these different cultural steams manifest themselves in contemporary Filipino identity and material culture.

  • Exhibitions Online - Treasury of the World

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    'Treasury of the World - Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals' features over 400 exquisite pieces of Mughal jewelry from the al-Sabaj Collection, Kuwait.

  • Exhibitions Online - Classic Contemporary

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    This exhibition shines the spotlight on Singapore Art Museum's (SAM) most iconic contemporary artworks in its collection. By playfully asking what makes a work of art "classic" or " contemporary" – or "classic contemporary" – this accessible and quirky exhibition aims to introduce new audiences to the ideas and art forms of contemporary art.

  • Exhibitions Online - Ramayana Revisited

    Exhibitions Online - Ramayana Revisited

    Welcome to the exhibition 'Ramayana Revisited' and enter the world of epic characters where the line between fiction and reality dissolves.

  • Exhibitions Online - The Story of Yeh Chi Wei

    Exhibitions Online - The Story of Yeh Chi Wei

    This exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of Yeh's practice since his demise. Using works by Yeh and the Ten Men Group artists, many of which are seen for the first time, this show throws light on an enigmatic artist and his fascinating body of works.

  • Exhibitions Online - Congo River

    Exhibitions Online - Congo River

    Hailing from the dense rainforests and windswept savannahs of Central Africa, the peoples of the vast Congo River basin share a rich cultural heritage. Explore their art in the form of heart-shaped masks, ancestor veneration, and female figures in the savannah from three Central African countries: Gabon, the Republic of Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Exhibitions Online - Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds

    Exhibitions Online - Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds

    One of the most experimental and influential Southeast Asian artists of his generation, Cheong Soo Pieng produced works that pushed the boundaries of art-makaing throughout his lifetime. The exhibition Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds celebrates the remarkable achievements of this master artist, and examines his process of art-making as well as his sources of influence and inspiration.

  • Exhibitions Online - Sarong Kebaya

    Exhibitions Online - Sarong Kebaya

    Explore the sarong kebaya, favoured fashion of Peranakan women for generations in this special exhibition. This visual feast traces the evolution of the kebaya from its roots in 16th century islamic garments through its development across Southeast Asia.

  • Exhibitions Online - Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds


    In 1998, a fisherman diving for sea cucumbers off the coast of Belitung, an island in the Java Sea, made an unexpected discovery of an ancient cargo. This exhibition celebrates one of the most important archaelogical finds of the late twentieth century.