NHB Celebrates our 55th

Singapore’s 55 this year! The world is a very different place now than it was in 1965, but the values that have brought us so far remain the same! Celebrate with us as we bring you a host of National Day-themed programmes, activities and videos. There’s something for everyone, so dive in and get a boost of #StrengthThroughHeritage!
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For Your 55th

United Through Culture, Strength Through Heritage

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SG55 Heritage Pack

Be empowered by the National Day spirit with our SG55 Heritage Pack, a collection of wacky and wonderful digital activities that will entertain and help you rediscover our heritage. And don’t forget to share your experiences on Facebook and Instagram!

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NDBeats

Play now on Instagram

Bob your head to match the rhythm of three favourite National Day tunes and challenge your friends to see who can get the highest score and be crowned the #NDBeast!

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ND(face)Paint

Try it now on Instagram

Wear your heart on your sleeve and your patriotism on your face with our augmented reality face tattoos!

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NDPerspectives in 360

Experience scene 1, 2, 3

Explore National Day Parades over the years through 360⁰ archival images that juxtapose the past and present.

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The Search for Our National Symbols Virtual Escape Room

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Travel back in time to locate our missing National Symbols before they are discovered! Solve the mystery and learn about the National Monuments that played a part in Singapore’s journey to nationhood.

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NDBunting

Print and decorate now

Show your love to Singapore in more ways than one this National Day, with these bunting decorations filled with unique icons of Singapore.

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NHB Heritage Institutions' Trading Cards

Coming soon on 10 Aug

Learn about local pioneers like Zubir Said, Tan Kah Kee and S Rajaratnam, and find out about their contributions to Singapore in this series of 9 digital “trading cards” by our heritage institutions.

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Decorate Your Block of Flats

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Put your patriotism down on paper and decorate a block of flats in the finest National Day colours you can muster!

ND(AR)Pieces of Our History

Singapore has a history that stretches back 700 years, and over that time, different objects have been used to affirm identity and celebrate community. From locally manufactured radios and televisions from the 60s that families would have huddled around to follow National Day Parades on, to the Singapore Stone with it’s mysterious inscriptions, several objects from our National Collection that may have been used for this purpose can now be examined up close in augmented reality.

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Setron TV

See it in AR on mobile

The Setron company produced Singaore’s first locally-assembled television set in 1964. Families would have depended on these televisions for entertainment and the news, and to watch the National Day Parade!

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Setron Radio

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This radio wouldn’t look out of place in a chic modern living room today. Manufactured by Setron between the late 60s and early 70s, its design was inspired by the Space Age.

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Majulah Singapura titled Vinyl Record

See it in AR on mobile

Did you know that ‘Majulah Singapura’ was originally composed to commemorate the reopening of the Victoria Theatre in 1958? Get up close to one of the earliest recordings of our National Anthem.

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Singapore Stone

See it in AR on mobile

The Singapore Stone is inscribed with a script which has so far proved largely indecipherable. What was its purpose? Where did it come from? Discover this enigmatic part of our National Collection.

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A Rider on a Horse

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Mystery shrouds this headless figurine, excavated from the Empress Place archaeological dig in 1998. It is the only ancient lead statue ever found in Southeast Asia.

Stay in and Binge!

Staying in for National Day weekend (and the rest of August)? We’ve got you covered! With videos that range from the poignant to the playful, from the entertaining to the educational, there’s something for everyone!

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For Your 55th

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In 1929, a rickshaw boy would go to the St Andrew’s Mission Hospital every day to help a young nurse carry patients up the stairs. This is their story, across ethnicity, class and time.

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Monumental Birthday Greetings

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National Monument owners and occupiers tell their stories and offer their well-wishes to Singapore in this video on her 55th birthday.

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First National Day Parade

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Singapore became an independent country on 9 August, 1965. One year later, a nation came together to celebrate at the first National Day Parade. Listen to the stories behind this historic event.

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Heritage Tales 2: Badang the Magnificent

Coming soon on 21 Aug

Discover how a slave became the world’s strongest man, and his connection to the Singapore Stone, which sits in our National Museum today! Watch the story of Badang the Magnificent come to life!

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What I've Always Wanted to Say

Coming soon on 29 Aug

Peel back layers of time at the old Police Coast Guard Headquarters to reveal unspoken dreams and aspirations, the sacrifices of a father, and his heart for his son.

Step Out to Explore!

Head on down to the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct and the Civic District this August to see how arts and culture lights up the city this National Day, or drop by our museums and heritage institutions during the National Day weekend to enjoy special (safe-distanced) programmes, and free entry for all!

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Heritage and Culture Light Up the City for Singapore's 55th Birthday

1 – 30 Aug Find out more

10 buildings across the Bras.Basah Bugis Precinct and Civic District will be lit up in celebration for Singapore’s 55th National Day, to symbolise how Singaporeans are #UnitedThroughCulture.

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National Museum of Singapore Open House

8 – 10 Aug, 10am – 7pm Find out more

Look forward to a curated set of online and on-site programmes at the National Museum! Prepare for The Hunt@NMS, a digital scavenger hunt which will show Singapore’s history from fresh perspectives.

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Asian Civilisations Museum Open house

8 – 10 Aug, 10am – 7pm Find out more

Enjoy a host of National Day-themed offerings by the Asian Civilisations Museum! Explore a “virtual twin” of the Fashion & Textiles, Jewellery, and Ceramics galleries in augmented reality!

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Heritage Institutions' Open House Weekends

8 & 9 Aug, Various Timings

Celebrate National Day with us at the open houses of the Indian Heritage Centre, Malay Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall!

Discover more

Want to find out more about our nation-building history, National Day Parades of the past, or just curious about Singapore’s heritage in general? Begin your journey of discovery here!

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@ Home, Truly Digital

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Journey with us through the @ Home, Truly digital experience, which relives the highs, lows, and moments in-between of Singapore’s journey with Nadine and her beloved grandfather!

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The National Day Procession along North Bridge Road

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In 1966, Singapore faced a litany of challenges as a fledgling nation. The National Day Parade was conceived to rouse and unite the people, and this image captures a march-past from that time.

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Tracing the History of the National Day Parade

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The evolution of the National Day Parade mirrors the development of Singapore. Through 50 parades from 1966 to 2016, learn how this event expresses the social, cultural and economic milieu of the day.

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National Day Parade over the Years

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Explore iconic images of National Day Parades of the past, captured through the lenses of the then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts Photo Unit photographers.

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Toh's Inspiration: The State Crest Story

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The State Crest can be seen on government premises, official documents and at national events, a symbol of our independence and sovereignty. Learn about its significance and how it came into being.

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1966 National Day Badge

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Singaporeans love their National Day souvenirs, and this badge is quite possibly one of the very first. What is your favourite National Day Parade momento?