What's on for Primary Schools

Programmes designed for ACM’s Special Exhibition Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture
17 June to 15 September 2019

Guo Pei is China’s leading couturiere – high fashion designer and dressmaker. Every Guo Pei dress tells a story – about legends and fairytales, Chinese imperial culture, nature, and even life itself. Her designs reflect her Beijing childhood, overseas experiences, and ideas about art. Each new collection of dresses is an opportunity for her to push the boundaries of craftsmanship. Her team of over 500 artisans spends thousands of hours on the intricate handwork required for each new creation. With her designs, she aims to touch lives and give hope through uplifting beauty.

This exhibition explores 29 Guo Pei creations from the angle of Chinese historical and contemporary design, juxtaposed with artworks in the collection of the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Go on a guided or self-guided tour of this exhibition, pick up a trail booklet, or explore our activity space! Book a visit with us today.

Guided and self-guided tours (Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture edition)

Discover inspiring designs by China’s leading couturiere Guo Pei in a 1-hour guided tour, or explore on your own with your students in a self-guided tour. Pick up a free copy of the activity trail booklet at the entrance of the exhibition, or drop by the activity space, From Sketch to Dress, at the Level 2 Foyer to explore embroidery, colouring, and designing activities!

Let’s Make Art! Art-making workshop with guided tour (Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture edition)

Go on a 45-minute guided tour and create an artwork in a 45-minute workshop where students get to use paper-sculpting techniques and motifs to design an outfit inspired by an emperor’s robe or a Peranakan bridal dress seen in the exhibition.

Duration: 90 minutes
Time: Mondays to Fridays, 10am, 12pm, 2pm
Cost: $15 per student. Museum admission charges still apply.
Capacity: Minimum 20 students, Maximum 80 students per session.

For enquiries and bookings, please e-mail nhb_acm_edu@nhb.gov.sg
Please note that workshop bookings should be made at least 4 weeks in advance, and are subject to the availability of our museum facilitators and venues. All tours have to be booked by the 7th of the month before. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and guided tours are subject to the availability of our museum guides.

Public Programmes (Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture edition)

Besides school programmes, there are also events and activities open to all! Come hear from the curator Ms Jackie Yoong herself in her guided tours, have some fun with hands-on crafts, enjoy Chinese opera performances, and shop your heart out at our fashion weekend festival. All these and more, right here at ACM!

Please head over to our whats-on page for programme details.


Guided Tours


Primary School Visit


Entrall your students with stories of mythical creatures in Asia, or learn moral values through listening to captivating stories from the past. These tours are led by our volunteer docents.


Storytelling Tour – Fantastic Creatures or Heroes of Asia (choose one story)
60 minutes
Mondays to Fridays
Hourly between 10am to 4pm
Suitable for 7 to 12 years old

Tours are customisable according to age group. Please complete this school booking form and email us at nhb_acm_edu@nhb.edu.sg to book a guided tour.



Get hands-on with your students in these art-making workshops. Students go on an interactive tour of the galleries, then do an activity based on an Asian craft. Contact us for more information!


Let’s Make Art! Art-making Workshop
90 minutes
Mondays to Fridays
10am–12pm, 2–4pm
Suitable for 7 to `2 years old
Fees apply. Contact us for more information.

Please complete this school booking form and email us at nhb_acm_edu@nhb.edu.sg to book this workshop.


Self-Guided Visits


Museum-Based Learning (MBL) Tours


Field Based Learning (Primary)

MBL tours are co-created with MOE to align to the Primary 5 Social Studies syllabus. Schools can request Museum-Educator Guides to conduct the MBL sessions. Please complete this school booking form and email us at nhb_acm_edu@nhb.edu.sg to secure your slots.


Resources for Educators


Meet Me at ACM Series

Activity Card - BuraqActivity Card - CrabActivity Card - DragonActivity Card - ElephantActivity Card - HanumanActivity Card - Lion

Download activity cards that you can use with your students in the galleries. Each card has accompanying activities. There are 6 different cards: BuraqCrab, Dragon , Elephant, Hanuman and Lion. Suitable for 5 and 6 years old with guidance from teachers.


The Missing Mouse, ACM’s first book for children

The Missing Mouse Cover

Experience a story about friendship and adventure through ACM’s first book for children! Learn more about Asian mythical creatures as you read this story together before exploring the galleries with your students. Use the puppet templates (download here) to re-tell the story back in school. This book is available for sale at the Museum Label Shop at ACM for $20. Get your copy today!


Adventures in China and India: Explorer’s Trail of the Galleries

Trail Activities - China

Explore myths and legends in the galleries using these explorer’s trails. Learn about ancient China and India through guided questions and activities. Suitable for P5 and P6.

Resources for educators are available: Adventures in China, Adventures in India, Adventures in Southeast Asia.


Please complete this school booking form and email us at nhb_acm_edu@nhb.edu.sg before your actual self-guided tour to book your slot.


Be our collaborator today!


Primary School Collaboration Greenwood


Greenwood Primary has been our long-standing collaborator. Together with our Audience Team managers, teachers and students of Greenwood have worked to produce a collaborative resource for their learning journey. The students are then trained to guide the rest of their schoolmates. They build confidence and hone their presentation skills.

Should you be interested in a collaboration with us, please email our education team and your e-mail will be forwarded to the relevant manager in-charge.