The National Collection

As the custodian of Singapore’s heritage, NHB is responsible for telling the Singapore story, sharing the Singaporean experience and imparting our Singapore spirit. Through the national collection, NHB curates heritage programmes and presents exhibitions to connect the past, present and future generations of Singaporeans through a shared experience.

Find out more about iconic pieces such Singapore's leading artist Tan Swie Hian's Humming Birds Racing and celebrated artist John Singer Sargent's century-old, highly valued portrait of Sir Frank A. Swettenham.

Explore our cultural treasures and historical artefacts here. Artefact and artwork images and information from NHB's collection are improved or added and uploaded to our online collection database regularly. Enjoy our selected highlights by clicking on the images above or embark on your journey of discovery with the search tool below. Terms of Use apply.


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