Celebrate the Year of the Ox with Hongbao designs from the Museum Roundtable
Date: 22 January – 19 February 2021

Museum Roundtable Hongbao designsFrom left to right: Three of the 32 red packet designs this year, from the Singapore Science Centre, Singapore Coins and Notes Museum and The SGH Museum

The Museum Roundtable (MR) Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign returns with new unique red packet designs based on the Zodiac Year of the Ox! From 22 January to 19 February 2021, visitors will be able to collect a set of unique red packet designs at each of the 32 participating museums, heritage institutions and galleries, while stocks last. Each set will contain eight pieces of red packets, themed respectively to the 32 participating MR museums.

To celebrate the MR’s 25th anniversary in 2021, the National Heritage Board (NHB) will also be launching a QR Code Scavenger Hunt in conjunction with the Hongbao Campaign.

Each set of red packets will contain a leaflet printed with a QR code, and visitors will stand a chance to instantly win limited edition box sets of all 32 designs from participating museums if they scan a winning QR Code.

In addition, two online giveaways of 50 box sets will also be hosted on the ‘I Love Museums’ Facebook page. The first giveaway, from 22 to 25 January, will require participants to submit responses to a question related to Lunar New Year such as their favourite festive practices. 15 winners will be selected at random for the first giveaway. The second giveaway will run from 28 January to 8 February: to participate, members of the public must submit a photo of a Lunar New Year decoration – such as lanterns, Chinese zodiac animals and flowers – made from any number of red packets, of which at least one must be from the 2021 MR Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign. The photos are to be submitted in the comments section of the second giveaway post. There will be 35 winners, to be selected by NHB based on the assessed creativity and level of difficulty in coming up with their designs, and their relevance to the Lunar New Year theme.

More information on the QR Code Scavenger Hunt and a full list of 32 participating MR members can be found below.

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2021
Date: 5 January – 21 February 2021
Time: 10.00am – 7.00pm
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Admission: Free admission

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2021Image credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Usher in the Year of the Ox with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Lunar New Year celebrations! Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2021 presents an exciting line-up of family friendly offerings such as lion dance and festive drum workshops, heritage walking trails, and craft activities for the little ones. The memorial hall’s annual thematic installation, Double Prosperity, also promises to make for great photo moments with friends and family this festive season.

Online programmes will also be available on the memorial hall’s Facebook page. Fans can learn hacks on how to huat their homes to usher in the new year, the dos and don’ts when it comes to watching a lion dance performance, as well as a step-by-step demonstration on how to make fried nian gao, a sweet rice cake made from glutinous rice flour. Children can find out more about the story of the Ox and characteristics of the zodiac.

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For more information on Wan Qing Festival of Spring, please visit here. Admission is free, except for programmes where the admission prices are indicated.

Onsite Programmes:
1. Festive Installation: Double Prosperity
(Supported by Blackbox)
Date: 5 January – 28 February 2021
Time: 10.00am – 7.00pm (daily)

A collaboration between the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and artists Tan Yizi and Lee Hsieh-Lung of Blackbox, a design and collectible label based in Chengdu, China, Double Prosperity is an outdoor installation featuring two large ‘Foo Dou’ Guardian Lions. It comprises one male guardian lion with its paw on an embroidered ball and one female guardian lion restraining a playful cub.

Traditionally installed in front of imperial Chinese palaces to protect the buildings and their residents, these guardian lions can also be found in other parts of Asia including Japan, Korea, Tibet, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos and Singapore.

Double Prosperity reiterates the belief that ‘good things come in pairs’ and serves as an expression of the memorial hall’s wish for protection against the trials and tribulations brought about by Covid-19, and for ‘double’ blessings in the form of economic recovery for Singapore and personal protection for Singaporeans against Covid-19 and future challenges. It also embodies our hope for more prosperous years to come, and gives thanks as we enter Phase 3 of Singapore’s circuit breaker period. The installation will be on display on the lawn of the memorial hall from 5 January to 28 February 2021, from 10.00am to 7.00pm daily.

2. Permanent Galleries Guided Tour
Date: 20 – 21 February 2021
Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm (Chinese); 3.00pm – 4.00pm (English)
Admission: No registration

Join us for a guided tour of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and hear the stories behind this century-old villa that trace Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionary activities in Southeast Asia. Gain valuable insights on the impact of the 1911 Revolution on Singapore, as well as Singapore’s contributions to the Revolution.

The Year of the Ox: Lunar New Year Festivities at the Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 12 February 2021
Time: Online, all day
Free, visit ACM’s Facebook Page or Website

Asian Civilisations Museum Chinese New YearImage credit: Asian Civilisations Museum

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with us – the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) – with online programmes that include a dance performance, discovery trail, and craft activity. Download a festive recipe card to make a special Lunar New Year snack.

Asian Civilisations Museum Open House
Dates: 11 – 14 February and 26 – 28 February 2021

Enjoy $6 admission* to ACM (U.P. $20) across Lunar New Year weekends! Highlights at the museum include refreshed Materials & Design 3rd-floor galleries: Fashion & Textiles, Jewellery, and Ceramics. Also not to be missed is a triple bill of special exhibitions to kickstart 2021. They are:

  • Faith Beauty Love Hope – Our Stories, Your ACM, a special exhibition of stories from the heart and imagination of staff and supporters of the museum, inspired by the best of ACM’s collection
  • Perfect Stranger by Singaporean artist Dawn Ng, revealing the wonder of human connection,
  • thINK: Chinese Calligraphy, Connoisseurship, and Collecting (read “think ink”), an exhibition presenting the intimate relationship between collector, collection, and the making of a legacy

Together the three exhibitions spotlight the community of people behind ACM, revealing the lesser-known human side of the museum through stories and perspectives of staff, tenants, partners, artists, and collectors.

*SG/PR children (ages 6 and below), students & seniors enjoy free entry to all of ACM’s permanent galleries and special exhibitions.

Lunar New Year Celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore
Date: 13 February 2021
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore

It’s time to rejoice and reconnect with friends and loved ones for this Lunar New Year! Celebrate new beginnings during the festive year of the Ox and head down to the museum for a special reunion with family and friends at the National Museum! Experience our intangible cultural heritage and join us for an afternoon of live music performances, as well as a special calligraphy workshop and presentation. Visitors can also look forward to creating a special souvenir for this festive season. Don’t miss the reopening of our Goh Seng Choo gallery featuring a new exhibition titled A Voyage of Love and Longing, which invites visitors to voyage through the Malay Archipelago during the 19th century with a new selection of drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.

Registration is required for these activities. Visit the National Museum’s website for details.

Instructions for Museum Visitors for the QR Code Scavenger Hunt

Participate in the QR Code Scavenger Hunt by following the steps below:

  • Visit each participating museum or gallery to collect a set of their respective limited edition red packet designs, while stocks last.
  • Scan the QR code found on the leaflet inside each set of red packets. You will be redirected to a webpage with a specially designed Lunar New Year greeting gif.
  • You can download or save the greeting gif, and share them with your family and friends. There are five different designs to collect!
  • If you have scanned one of the lucky QR codes, congratulations! You have won a limited edition anniversary box set of all 32 red packet designs. Please follow the instructions for prize collection on the webpage.
  • Remember to keep the leaflet with the lucky QR code and bring it when collecting your prize in person at the National Heritage Board’s office at Stamford Court! You can only receive the prize if you provide the original leaflet with the lucky QR code.

List of participating museums and galleries

1. ArtScience Museum
2. Asian Civilisations Museum
3. Eurasian Heritage Gallery
4. Former Ford Factory
5. Fort Siloso
6. Indian Heritage Centre
7. Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital Heritage Gallery
8. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
10. Malay Heritage Centre
11. National Gallery Singapore
12. National Library Singapore
13. National Museum of Singapore
14. NEWater Visitor Centre
15. NUS Museum
16. Red Dot Design Museum
17. Science Centre Singapore
18. SG Mobility Gallery
19. Singapore Art Museum
20. Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum and CDL Green Gallery
21. Singapore Coins and Notes Museum
22. Singapore Discovery Centre
23. Singapore Maritime Gallery
24. Singapore Musical Box Museum
25. STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery
26. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
27. Sustainable Singapore Gallery @ Marina Barrage
28. Tan Tock Seng Hospital Heritage Museum
29. The Gem Museum
30. The Intan
31. The Private Museum Singapore
32. The SGH Museum

Terms and Conditions

  • The campaign will take place from 22 January 2021 to 19 February 2021.
  • Each visitor is entitled to only one (1) complimentary set of red packets per museum or gallery, while stocks last.
  • Individual museums and galleries reserve the right to stipulate their own red packet collection addresses and additional redemption criteria for the collection of red packets.
    For more information on the aforementioned information, please refer to NHB’s website.
  • Visitors to participating museums and galleries should adhere to all prevailing safe management measures and guidelines at each venue. Please contact the participating museums and galleries for details about their addresses, opening hours, and safe management measures.
  • Visitors to participating museums and galleries may be required to show proof of admission before collecting the complimentary sets of red packets.
  • Collection of each red packet design is only available at the respective participating museums and galleries. NHB does not provide any red packets.
  • The red packets are strictly non-transferable, non-exchangeable and non-replaceable for credit, cash or kind in all cases, whether in whole or in part.
  • NHB reserves the right to amend these privileges, terms and conditions without prior notice.

For more information, visit here.


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