Now in its ninth iteration, the National Heritage Board’s (NHB) popular Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign returns with limited edition red packet designs featuring the Chinese zodiac animal for 2023 – the rabbit! From 6 January to 3 February 2023, visitors will be able to collect a pack of unique red packet designs at each of the 39 participating museums, heritage institutions and galleries, while stocks last. Each pack will contain eight pieces of red packets and is limited to one pack per visitor.
Of the 39 participating Museum Roundtable members, Children’s Museum Singapore is the newest member that joined in October 2022 and is participating in the Hongbao Campaign for the first time.
Return of Limited Edition Collector’s Album
This year, NHB will be producing a limited edition collector’s album available for sale once again. Produced for the first time in 2022, the first collector’s album was sold out within hours of its launch. In view of the strong demand and positive feedback, NHB decided to bring back the collector’s album in a larger quantity this year – 450 albums will be sold as compared to 350 albums in 2022.
Each collector’s album will contain two full sets of 39 MR red packet designs for the Year of the Rabbit, and a special edition design for NHB (i.e. a total of 80 pieces of red packets), displayed in a customised album. The NHB design has been included in the album this year, in celebration of NHB’s 30th anniversary. The red packets in the collector’s album will be different from the red packets available for collection at participating MR members with the former featuring a pink background, and the latter featuring a red background.
The collector’s albums will be available for sale, while stocks last, at $88 (nett) per album. Members of the public can purchase the collector’s albums by either I) pre-registering for a purchase slot on 14 or 15 January 2023, which is encouraged, or ii) doing a walk-in purchase on 20 January 2023. Registration for purchase slots opens on 9 January 2023, 10am here.
Of the 450 collector’s albums available for sale, 400 will be allocated to the pre-registration, while 50 will be set aside for the walk-in purchase. Regardless of the method of purchase, members of the public are limited to the purchase of one album per NRIC number, on a first-come, first-served basis.
I Love Museums’ Facebook Page Giveaways
In addition, two online giveaways will be held on the ‘I Love Museums’ Facebook page where members of the public can stand a chance to win a full set of the MR red packets. The first giveaway, which will be held from 6 to 16 January 2023, will require participants to visit participating museums and take a photograph of themselves with the collected red packets at the participating museums.
Participants have to share the photograph(s) in the comment section of the giveaway post and leave a comment to share which exhibit/artefact they found interesting during their visits. A total of 10 winners will be selected at random for the first giveaway, and each winner will receive a limited edition collector’s album.
The second giveaway, which will run from 25 to 30 January 2023, will require public members to comment on the ‘I Love Museums’ Facebook page, sharing what they like best about the MR Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign. There will be 39 winners, to be selected at random, and each winner will receive a full set of MR red packets.
According to Mr Alvin Tan, Deputy Chief Executive (Policy & Community), NHB: “In response to positive public feedback over the past few years, NHB has increased the number of red packets available for collection and brought back the popular collector’s album this year. We hope that this campaign will encourage Singaporeans and tourists to experience the fun of collecting the free red packets, and through museum-hopping, discover more about our vibrant and diverse museum scene during this festive period.”
From left to right: Five of the 39 red packet designs this year, from Children’s Museum Singapore, Eurasian Heritage Gallery, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Science Centre Singapore, and Singapore Art Museum.
Mrs Lilian Tan, a long-time avid Museum Roundtable red packet collector from Johor Bahru, said: “It is wonderful to be able to visit Singapore once again and collect red packets from various museums this year. I have been participating in the MR Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign since its inception in 2011 but was unable to participate in the last two editions due to the travel restrictions caused by COVID-19. This year, I look forward to collecting the cute rabbit red packets from the museums!”
Members of the public can visit the following link for more information on the Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign.
📍 Participating MR Members
📅 6 January to 3 February 2023
🏷 The red packets will be made available free-of-charge, although Museum Roundtable members may charge for admission into their museums.
For more details visit here.
List of Participating MR Members in 2023
1. ArtScience Museum
2. Asian Civilisations Museum
3. Children’s Museum Singapore
4. Chinese Heritage Centre
5. Eurasian Heritage Gallery
6. Former Ford Factory
7. Fort Siloso
8. Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery
9. HDB LIVINGSPACE Gallery
10. Indian Heritage Centre
11. Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery
12. Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital Heritage Gallery
13. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
14. MINT Museum of Toys
15. MOE Heritage Centre
16. National Gallery Singapore
17. National Library, Singapore
18. National Museum of Singapore
19. NEWater Visitor Centre
20. NUS Baba House
21. NUS Museum
22. Peranakan Museum
23. Red Dot Design Museum
24. Science Centre Singapore
25. Singapore Art Museum
26. Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum and CDL Green Gallery
27. Singapore City Gallery
28. Singapore Coins and Notes Museum
29. Singapore Discovery Centre
30. Singapore Mobility Gallery
31. Singapore Musical Box Museum
32. STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery
33. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
34. Tan Tock Seng Hospital Heritage Museum
36. The Gem Museum
37. The Intan
38. The SGH Museum
39. Woodbridge Museum
Terms and Conditions for red packet collection at 39 participating museums
- The campaign will take place from 6 January 2023 to 3 February 2023.
- 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 collection criteria for the collection of red packets.
For more information on the aforementioned terms and conditions, please refer here for the 2023 Museum Roundtable Hongbao campaign.
- 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 collection 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. The National Heritage Board 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.
- The National Heritage Board reserves the right to amend these privileges, terms and conditions without prior notice.
How to purchase the limited edition collector’s album
i) Pre-register for a purchase slot
- Interested members of the public are encouraged to pre-register for a purchase slot, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Registration for purchase slots opens on 9 January 2023, 10am here.
- Interested members of the public will be asked to select their preferred date and timeslots, on 14 or 15 January 2023, via the registration form. There is no need to make payment at this stage.
- Members of the public who have successfully registered for a slot will receive a confirmation email with further instructions to complete the purchase.
- On the allocated date and timeslot, proceed to the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall with proof of identity and the confirmation email for verification and purchase of the album. Limited to the purchase of one album per NRIC number.
- Please note that sales of the collector’s albums on 14 and 15 January 2023 are restricted to individuals who have successfully obtained a time slot on either date. No walk-in purchases to individuals without a time slot on either of these two dates will be allowed.
ii) Walk-in on 20 January
- Interested members of the public may choose to walk-in to Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall to purchase a collector’s album on 20 January 2023, on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 50 albums will be available for sale on this date, limited to the purchase of one album per NRIC number.
- This date is strictly reserved for walk-in buyers, and is open to individuals who did not purchase a collector’s album on 14 and 15 January 2023. Members of the public will need to bring along proof of identity for the sale; organisers will request for verification to check if individuals have made a prior purchase.
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