National Heritage Board event highlights for September and October

As the moon shines its brightest, celebrate the end of the Autumn harvest with the Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival! Get into the festive spirit by visiting Those Moonlit Moment…, an outdoor installation of four larger-than-life animal lanterns, and participating in an exciting line-up of family-friendly digital initiatives organised by the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

You’re in for a surprise with the Museum Roundtable’s Mystery Museum Tours, which presents three themes to choose from – Fashion Confessions, Mythical Creatures or Hidden Secrets. Throw preparations to the wind with this unique mystery tour concept, where you’ll only find out where you’re headed on the day of the tour! Participants can look forward to specially curated programmes that will provide different and unusual insights into the collections and workings of “Mystery Museums” in Singapore.

Over the September holidays, take part in the Bulan Bahasa (Malay Language Month) at the launch ceremony which will be aired on TV; try your hand at Batik Painting or Henna Painting; create a mini version of your favourite hawker food at a mini clay art workshop; put on your dancing outfit and get moving with a Zoom Bhangra dance workshop, or even learn the art of wushu!

Here are some highlights of the programmes:

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival Lawn Installation “Those Moonlit Moments …”

Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall Outdoor Lawn
Date: Ongoing till 26 September 2021
Free admission
Visit for more details

Produced by Thailand artist Boonyavee Boonsakda (Ngaew Ngaew), in collaboration with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, “Those Moonlit Moments …” is an outdoor installation of four large lanterns featuring the artist’s characters who are enjoying mooncakes and each other’s company under the gentle and watchful eye of Ngaew Ngaew’s Moon Rabbit, a character the artist created specially for the Mid-Autumn Festival and is inspired by the Jade Rabbit from Chinese folklore which keeps the goddess Chang’e company on the moon.

The installation represents our collective wish to be able to get together and reunite with our loved ones, both locally and overseas, without fear of COVID-19. It will be on display on the lawn of the memorial hall until 26 September 2021.

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 (Digital)

Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall Facebook page and Instagram (@sysnmh)
Date: 31 August – 26 September 2021

Held online via the memorial hall’s Facebook page (@sysnmh), this year’s Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival aims to bring heritage closer to home, through an exciting line-up of family-friendly digital initiatives such as learning how to guess lantern riddles, interactive craft demonstration and gamified content on the stories of Chang’e, Hou yi and many more. Follow the Facebook and Instagram accounts for more!

Museum Roundtable 25th Anniversary Celebrations – Mystery Museum Tours

In celebration of the Museum Roundtable’s 25th Anniversary in 2021, the National Heritage Board has prepared an exciting lineup of special anniversary programmes this September. From 4 to 26 September 2021, members of the public will be able to register for specially curated tours that will give participants different and unusual insights into the collections and workings of “Mystery Museums” in Singapore.

Fashion Confessions

Venue: Two museums, to be revealed on the day of the visit
Date: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 September 2021
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Admission fees: $20/pax
Registration and more details at Mystery Museum Tours registration page

Calling all fashion enthusiasts! Take a peek into the history of fashion and craftsmanship in Southeast Asia as the Museum Roundtable brings you through the fashion artefacts on display in some of Singapore’s museums.

The “Fashion Confessions” bus tour to two “mystery” museums will be a 3-hours showcase of the history of fashion and its cultural significance in Southeast Asia. Participants will learn about the stories, significance and craftsmanship behind fashion artefacts, such as garments, headpieces, jewelry and other accessories, and explore the ways in which these artefacts empower identities and strengthen community ties.

Each bus tour will include guided tours and hands-on activities conducted during the bus ride as well as onsite at participating museums. Tour participants will receive a special 25th anniversary gift bag from the Museum Roundtable, and might even have the chance to win a Museum Label prize during the tour!

All tours are conducted in English.
Any child participant of/under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Bulan Bahasa Launch Ceremony

Venue: Mediacorp Suria
Date: 4 September 2021
Time: 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Visit for more information

Bulan Bahasa (Malay Language Month), organised by Majlis Bahasa Melayu Singapura (MBMS or the Malay Language Council, Singapore), is an annual celebration focused on encouraging the community to embrace and use the Malay language in their daily lives. It also aims to instil a deeper appreciation for the Malay culture, and promote the preservation of the community’s rich heritage. This year, Bulan Bahasa will take place from 14 August to 10 October 2021. Tune in to Mediacorp Suria at 8.30pm, on Saturday, 4 September 2021 for the official launch of Bulan Bahasa 2021.

Tune in LIVE to MHC’s Facebook to listen to Sri Mahligai perform their unique renditions of songs that celebrate Singapore’s transitions from colony to independent nation as part of the National Day Special of our Rentak Warisan Bersama Sri Mahligai programme!

Singapore Philatelic Museum – Virtual Tour of Past Exhibitions


Singapore Philatelic Museum is closed for a major renovation and redevelopment till 2022. However, you can still have a peek at the museum’s past exhibitions from the comfort of your home! From permanent galleries that introduce the World of Philately to Singapore’s history and culture, and themed exhibitions ranging from The Little Prince, Shakespeare, Zodiac Animals and more!

Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China and Singapore

Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Gallery 5
Date: Ongoing till 12 December 2021
Time: 10am – 5pm (Tuesday to Friday)
Free admission

Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China and Singapore displays over 90 artefacts and archival photographs from China and Singapore from the late 1800s to 1970s, a period when women’s roles and lifestyles saw the most drastic changes. The exhibition also interprets the concept of the “modern woman” against the different historical periods.

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