“Hop” into the Lunar New Year with the National Museum of Singapore! Delve into this prosperous season with flora and fauna featured in the museum’s collection.

Ring in the new year with an energetic Lion Dance performance at the museum’s entrance. Experience the art of ikebana and discover its similarities with Chinese flower arrangement.

Plan for an enjoyable day with your friends and family! For the “adventure seekers”, hunt for artefacts associated with auspiciousness in our galleries. For those who would like a relaxing time, enjoy the music performance or our drop-in activity where you can make a paper flower to take home.

Please note that photos taken during the programmes may be used for future publicity.

Lunar New Year National Museum Singapore

📅 4 February 2023, free admission to the museum’s permanent galleries on 4 February
⏱ 10am to 7pm
📍 National Museum of Singapore

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Poppy-n anytime!

Choose from the following programmes that feature auspicious flowers from the museum’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. We have programmes that start in the morning or in the afternoon, so feel free to come by anytime!

A Lighter Side of History: Heaven, Earth, Man – An Ikebana Workshop

📅 4 February 2022
⏱ 2 – 4pm
📍 The Salon, Level 1
🏷 $80/pax or $140/pair
Peatix Link nms-ikebana.peatix.com

During the Lunar New Year, spring flowers can be found in many households. In this workshop, learn to create decorative flower pieces using ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, and explore the similarities or differences with the Chinese style of floral art. At the end of the workshop, bring home your own masterpiece to display and show your family and friends!

The photograph is for illustration purposes only and may differ from the actual pieces created during the workshop.

About the facilitator

Passionate about flowers, Sarah left her advertising career with a goal to celebrate nature and founded Poppy Flora Studio in the year 2000. Sarah is known for her airy, bountiful and vibrant mix of colours in her floral designs. Her works have been featured in magazines as well as numerous wedding websites, newspapers and photo shoots. To advocate the art of floral arrangement, Sarah shares her flower knowledge and experience through hands-on workshops that focus on giving in-depth tutelage while encouraging students to investigate and develop their own signature styles.

This programme is recommended for ages 10 and above. As scissors/shears will be used during the workshop, participants between the age of 10 and 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Price includes a presentation, hands-on workshop, and materials required for the workshop, except tools. The tools provided will have to be returned at the end of the session.

This programme is organised in conjunction with The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022 held at the National Museum from 5 November 2022 – 5 February 2023.

We Celebrate: Lunar New Year Museum Hunt

📅 4 February 2023
⏱ 1pm – 6pm
📍 Glass Atrium, Level 2
Peatix Link weceleblnys23.peatix.com

Discover the auspicious symbols associated with the Lunar New Year in this “lucky” hunt, featuring plants and all things red! Complete the hunt to stand a chance to receive a limited-edition red packet from the museum.

Suitable for participants aged 13 and above. Children aged 12 and below are welcome and must be accompanied by parents. Registration via Peatix is encouraged and the museum will only hold the slot for 10 minutes before releasing the slot for other participants. Walk-in participation is subjected to availability.

Final registration will be at 5.30pm and the redemption counter will close at 6pm.

Drop-in Craft Activity: Auspicious Blooms

📅 4 February 2022
⏱ 10.30am – 11.30am (priority slot for people with disabilities)
11.30am – 12.30pm, 2 – 5pm (for public)
📍 Glass Atrium, Level 2

Get creative and craft your own paper floral arrangement to add a dash of joy this festive season!

NMS CNY Drop in craft activity

Inspired by the museum’s collection, create your very own decorative vase for your auspicious blooms to welcome in the Lunar New Year!

Limited spaces available. This programme is recommended for both adults and families with children ages 5 and up. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. While stocks last.

Hare-y down for good fun!

Enjoy these programmes that feature a selection of auspicious animals so hare-y down!

Lion Dance Performance

📅 4 February 2023
⏱ 12pm – 12.30pm
📍 Main Entrance

Catch this energetic Lion Dance performance by He Xin Lion Dance Troupe. Be sure to find a good spot to see them in action!

Lunar New Year Celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore

This programme is not advisable for people with sensitivity to loud sounds.

Performance locations are dependent on weather conditions and subject to change without notice. To ensure an enjoyable experience for all visitors, we seek your cooperation to adhere to crowd management instructions from our security officers on site.

Music Performance

📅 4 February 2023
⏱ 4.30pm – 5pm
📍 The Platform, Level 2

This unique presentation of festive songs is inspired by animals and plants so be sure to listen closely to the lyrics!

Lunar New Year National Museum Singapore Music Performance


Feeling adventurous and hoping to soak in the Chinese New Year atmosphere? We have compiled a list of Where to go during Chinese New Year 2023, especially for our readers.

Where to Go During Chinese New Year 2023

Looking for CNY goodies for your home? Here’s where to buy pineapple tarts and bak kwa in Singapore.

Pineapple Tarts Singapore

Want to shower your family and friends with blessings and bountiful gifts this CNY? Here is a list of unique CNY gifts and hampers to consider gifting!

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