Ignite the Singapore Spirit with the National Museum! Enjoy music performances and storytelling sessions, or participate in an online Zoom tour that takes you on a journey through Singapore’s history. With so many activities to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Date: 1 to 31 August 2021

Overview of National Day Online programmes

Online Programmes at National Museum

  • National Day Light-Up
  • Home, Truly Zoom Tour for Seniors
  • Talk at the Tuckshop – Interracial Friendships and Relationships
  • Your’s Truly Performance + Dialogue with the Director and Actors
  • Performance by Silver Songbirds
  • Interactive Storytelling – Timmy and Tammy: What is Singapore?
  • ONE IDENTITY – presented by Very Special Arts Singapore featuring Strawberry Story
  • Performance by Open Score Project

Online Programmes at National Museum

Celebrate National Day while staying safely at home!

National Day Light-Up

Date and Time: 1 – 31 August, 7pm – 12am
Venue: Museum Facade
Admission Fees: Free

National Day 2021 Facade Projection at National Museum of Singapore

Catch the façade projection at the National Museum of Singapore as it lights up in celebration of Singapore’s 56th birthday with the theme Together Our Singapore Spirit!

From 1 August until 18 August, please be advised to enjoy the light-up in pairs only, remain masked up at all times and to practice a 1 metre safe distancing at all times. Visitors may be reminded by an onsite crew to observe the guidelines while visiting the light-up.

Home, Truly Zoom Tour for Seniors

Date and Time: 7 Aug 2021, Satuday, 10:30am – 11:30am
Venue: Conducted on Zoom; Pre-registration is required.
Admission Fees: Free

What does it take to build a home in Singapore?

In this special run of our Home, Truly Zoom Tour for seniors, join our Care Facilitator volunteers on a walk down memory lane to discover some of the personal stories of those who call Singapore home.

This programme is suitable for all senior participants, and is held in conjunction with the exhibition Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present. The tour will be conducted in English and over Zoom.

Pre-registration is required. Please email here to register.

Talk at the Tuckshop – Interracial Friendships and Relationships

Date and Time: 7 Aug 2021, Saturday, 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Conducted via Zoom
Admission Fees: $5 per participant

Singapore is often described and known as a diverse society. But how much do we really know about our peers of different races, beyond their primary customs and what we observe on the surface?

Through specially designed virtual activities, we invite you to share with us your experience and hear about the lived experiences of people from other communities, as we explore Singapore as our home.

Price is inclusive of curator tour, unique souvenirs from the Home, Truly special exhibition and snacks.

This programme is suitable for all participants aged 16 and above, and is held in conjunction with the exhibition Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present.

Biography of Facilitators

The Common Ground seeks to facilitate the critical partnership between people, public and private sectors. As part of The Thought Collective, it is driven by the goal of supporting a generational shift towards a braver, kinder and stronger Singapore, and building up the city’s social and emotional capital. The Common Ground does this through the work of developing the capacity of community builders, facilitating cross-sector stakeholder collaborations, and encouraging ground-up social innovation.

Yours, Truly Performance + Dialogue with the Director and Actors

Date and Time: 8 Aug 2021, Sunday, 10am – 11am
Venue: To be livestreamed via National Museum’s Facebook page
Admission Fees: Free

What is home to you?

Join us for a special 35-minute guided promenade performance* of the Home, Truly special exhibition. Follow Shan Shan and Hadi as they relive fond memories of how Singapore has become a home for each and every one of us, and as they discover what it means to be home, truly. Thereafter, join our 30-minute live dialogue session with the director and actors!

*Captions will be provided for the deaf / hearing-impaired community.

*Audio descriptions will be provided for the visually-impaired community.

Performance by Silver Songbirds

Date and Time: 8 Aug 2021, Sunday, 4pm – 4:30pm
Venue: To be livestreamed via National Museum’s Facebook page
Admission Fees: Free

Be serenaded by the Silver Songbirds, a group of active seniors who are passionate about singing and theatre, as they perform classic National Day songs such as Count on Me, Singapore and Stand Up for Singapore!

Interactive Storytelling – Timmy & Tammy: What Is Singapore?

Date and Time: 9 Aug 2021, Monday, 10am – 10:30am
Venue: To be livestreamed via National Museum Facebook page
Admission Fees: Free

timmy & tammy what is singapore

In this interactive storytelling session based on the popular children’s book Timmy & Tammy: What is Singapore?, families will hear from four interesting characters who have each chosen an object to represent Singapore. Look forward to participating in the fun activities these characters have prepared in their quest to decide which “Singapore” resonates best with them!

This programme is presented in conjunction with NMS’ special exhibition Home, Truly at the basement level.

ONE IDENTITY – presented by Very Special Arts Singapore featuring StrawberryStory

Date and Time: 9 Aug 2021, Monday, 2pm – 2:30pm
Venue: To be livestreamed via National Museum’s Facebook page
Admission Fees: Free

Despite today’s challenging climate, our street artists continue to remain resilient and build hope through their performances.

Join Very Special Arts Singapore in empowering two visually impaired artists, Ivni and Wai Yee, as they delight us with their rendition of our favourite National Day songs.

Don’t miss their strong camaraderie and tongue-in-cheek stories as they share their life experiences and how they continue to reinvent themselves and remain positive amid the pandemic.

About the Artists

StrawberryStory is a two-piece band that has been making music on streets, in ballrooms, at parties and on stages across Singapore.

Performance by Open Score Project

Date and Time: 9 Aug 2021, Monday, 4pm – 4:30pm
Venue: To be livestreamed via National Museum’s Facebook page
Admission Fees: Free

Open Score Project is a multicultural music ensemble whose sound uniquely converges various ethnic and musical cultures of the world. The ensemble has performed for events such as the NAC Young Artist Award and Cultural Medallion award ceremony, as well as overseas National Day celebrations.

Join us for this performance featuring a repertoire of songs, including National Day favourites such as “Singapore Sunny Island” and “Bunga Sayang”!

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Images credit: National Museum of Singapore.


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