The Doraemon Exhibition is coming to Singapore’s National Museum in November for its first run outside of Japan 

by Carol Ong

If you grew up in Singapore, then you’re probably familiar with the iconic earless blue cat that’s been around since 1969 (that’s the same age as Singapore!). 

the doraemon exhibition
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From 5 November 2022 to 5 February 2023, The Doraemon Exhibition will be coming to Singapore — the first showcase outside of Japan (score for Singaporeans!).

The exhibition will take place at the National Museum of Singapore, and will feature Doraemon-inspired art pieces designed by 28 contemporary Japanese artists

the doraemon exhibition
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Other than the basking in the nostalgia factor from the childhood cartoon, fans will also be able to see a myriad of different artwork with unique takes on the beloved childhood classic through different mediums from paintings to sculptures, photography and more. 

Photo: National Museum of Singapore

The exhibits have now been announced, and Doraemon fans, you’re in for a treat. Strike a pose with a 2.6m Doraemon sculpture made out of colourful souvenirs – artist Sebastian Masuda’s personal collection prior to the pandemic, and his thoughts on the current situation.

Photo: National Museum of Singapore

One of the centrepieces of the exhibition, Takashi Murakami’s Wouldn’t It Be Nice If We Could Do Such A Thing, features a vibrant canvas with popular motifs and characters from the series. Known for his floral smiley faces that have made their way onto many popular brands such as Uniqlo and Vans, Safe to say, fans were really impressed by the whimsical piece featuring their favourite Doraemon characters with the vibrant flowers. Fun fact: you can even spot the late original Doraemon artist Fujiko F Fujio’s likeness in the canvas, if you look hard enough.

Photo: National Museum of Singapore

You can expect to see some of the late Fujiko F Fujio’s original sketches of iconic gadgets and characters— which will be on display for the first time outside of Asia (imagine that, seeing the first ideas of the artist behind this iconic character that we all grew up with!). 

Photo: National Museum of Singapore

Go to space with Doraemon in Intergalactic Voyagers — local artist Jahan Loh has created a scale model of himself exploring space with his blue friend, coupled with photographs of space explorers. 

An array of Doraemon merchandise (including some Singapore-exclusive ones!) will also be available for purchase so that you can bring home your very own little blue friend from the future. 

Photo: National Museum of Singapore

For ticketholders, you’ll be treated to a special Create Your own Doraemon workshop hosted by where you can decorate your own white Doraemon to take home! Last but not least, bring home one more souvenir in the form of authentic dorayaki at the Doraemon cafe, which features delicious treats and snacks by special confectioner Toraya.

Whether you love all things Doraemon or are just a lover of all things artistic and creative, check out The Doraemon Exhibition at the National Museum this November!

Tickets (S$30) are available for purchase now.

The Doraemon Exhibition at National Museum of Singapore
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📍 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
🕒 10 am – 7 pm (Last admission at 6.30 pm, Mon to Fri)
🗓️ From 5 Nov 2022 to 5 Feb 2023

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