National Museum to undergo restoration, upgrading works in Sep; galleries, dining and retail offerings remain open

The museum is exploring a larger revamp of its Singapore History Gallery and the Glass Rotunda experience.

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Published: 7 June 2023, 2:16 PM

Galleries, dining and retails offerings will remain accessible to the public when the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) undergoes restoration and upgrading works in September.

With its expected completion in 2025, the works will be carried out in phases to minimise disruptions to museum operations.

Restoration works will be implemented on the National Museum’s monument building façade, which has stood on Stamford Road since October 1887.

The works will address common building deterioration conditions due to wear and tear and upgrading of its toilets, lifts and escalators. Repainting and other replacement works will also be done across both its monument building and modern extension.

The public can look forward to getting involved in the rejuvenation efforts of the permanent galleries as NMS will engage stakeholders and the public on the approach and content at various stages of the revamp.

Some of the displays in the second level of the museum, such as the four Life in Singapore galleries and the Goh Seng Choo Gallery, will also be restored in the process.

These exhibitions will be closed from Sep 4, as well as the Stamford Gallery located in the first level of the building.

Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents can expect to enjoy free admission to all of NMS’s remaining permanent galleries during the period of restoration and upgrading works.

The museum’s main Rotunda entrance facing Stamford Road will still be accessible until early 2024, when the entrance and other spaces are slated to close for restoration.

The Glass Rotunda gallery located at the modern extension of the museum will close in the second half of 2024, and reopen in 2025. The Singapore History Gallery will then undergo restoration works early 2026 and open later in the same year.

Dining and retail offerings Food for Thought, Café Brera at Reunion, Supermama, and The Museum Store will remain open until further notice.

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