What's on for Secondary 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 tour (Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture edition)
English and Mandarin tours available.

Discover the inspiring designs by China’s leading couturiere Guo Pei in a 1-hour guided tour.

Self-Guided tour (Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture edition)

Explore the exhibition on your own with your students. You can pick up a trail booklet that inspires close-looking and writing activities, drop by the activity space at the Level 2 Foyer for some hands-on fun, or come sketch in our gallery!

Recommended duration: 1 hour
Time: Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 6pm
Booking is required. Museum admission charges still apply.

*Please bring your own pencils, sketchpads, and kneaded erasers for sketching. Only pencils are allowed – other non-reversible mediums of drawing are not permitted within the galleries.

Art-making workshop with guided tour (Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture edition)
*Available from July 2019 onwards

Discover inspiring designs by China’s leading couturiere Guo Pei in a 45-minute guided tour. Then create and take home an artwork inspired by the exhibition in a 45-minute art-making workshop!

Duration: 90 minutes
Time: Mondays to Fridays, 10am-4pm
Cost: $15-$25 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 visit our what's on page for programme details.


Guided Tours


Secondary School Tour


Discover the connections between the diverse culture of Asia, and how the trade, interactions of people, and exchanges of ideas have influenced art in Asia. These tours are led by our volunteer docents.

Introduction to Ancestral Cultures or Cross-cultural Art (choose one)
60 minutes
Mondays to Fridays
Hourly between 10am to 4pm
Suitable for 13 to 17 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.




Students’ presentation and language skills are honed as they train as guides. After the workshop, participants will be equipped to guide their peers around the galleries during learning journeys at the museum. Available in Mandarin.

Speak Out Loud! Student Museum Guiding (currently available only in Mandarin)
12 hours
2 full days, from 9am to 4.30pm
Suitable for 13 to 17 years old
$1,200 for every 15 students

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


Coming up!
Workshops at ACM for secondary school students, with the aim to discover and understand more about Asian culture, using interdisciplinary methods of facilitation, and seeking to understand international trade in terms of the spread of not only material goods, but also beliefs.

Stay tuned more updates!


Self-Guided Visits


Historical Investigation


Self Guided Visit

Use the ACM as a resource for your historical investigations. CHIJ Toa Payoh has designed a comprehensive package for all schools planning to use the ACM for HI lessons. Contact us for more information.



Download activity cards that you can use with your students in the galleries. Each card has accompanying activities.

Resource - Dragon Robe Resource - Hanuman Resource - Horse Resource - Lion Resource - Makara Resource - Ox Shaped Vessel Resource - Phoenix Resource -  Qilin Resource - Rabbit Resource - Standing Ganesha


Be our collaborator today!


In 2017 and 2018, a group of History Talent pupils from River Valley High School partnered with our Audience Managers to co-create a resource for guiding their peers in the ACM galleries. The pupils met their mentors once a month to gather feedback and work on their proposals.


Secondary School Collaboration NYGH


In 2017, six Nanyang girls underwent an intensive, 12-hour training by our Audience Managers, and graduated as student docents for the museum. Since then, they have guided both school and public tours, including in our special exhibition Angkor in 2018.


Secondary School Collaboration Mayflower


In 2018, Mayflower Secondary performed a captivating play using the octagonal gold cup in ACM’s Tang Shipwreck Gallery as inspiration. The play was held at Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall for the school’s annual Aesthetic Night. Student docents were also trained to guide their peers within the gallery.

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.