The National Day Istana Open House (IOH) will be held on Sunday, 17 July 2022

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The National Day Istana Open House (IOH) will be held on Sunday, 17 July 2022, 9am to 6pm.

The IOH will be open to all visitors. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents enter for free. By entering the Istana Open House, visitors agree to the Terms and Conditions stipulated below.

For the first time since the pandemic, live performances and activity booths will resume at the IOH. The Istana Main Building Guided Tour will be held every 45 minutes from 9.30am to 4.15pm and the Nature Guided Tour will be held every hour from 10am to 4pm. The programme and fees are listed in the tables below. There will also be food trucks and merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs. All fees collected and proceeds from the merchandise booths will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge.

In line with prevailing safe management measures, visitors should remain masked at all times when indoors. The Istana seeks visitors’ cooperation and understanding so that the IOH will be a pleasant experience for all.

The Istana is typically open to the public on five days during the year. Visitors can look forward to special performances, tour selected rooms in the Main Building or go on guided nature walks on the grounds. Do check back for details on future IOHs.

Programme Listing for National Day Istana Open House

TimeActivityVenue
Performances and Activity Booths
10.00am – 11.00amConcert Band Performance by Chung Cheng High School (Main)Main Tent
11.00am – 12.00nnBand Performance by Seng Kang SecondaryMain Tent
2.00pm – 3.00pmIndian Dance Performance by Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)Ceremonial Plaza
3.00pm – 4.00pmModern Dance Performance by Ang Mo Kio Secondary SchoolCeremonial Plaza
9.00am – 6.00pmActivities at Health and Wellness PlaygroundMain Tent
9.00am – 6.00pmActivities at Arts and Crafts AdventuresTent near the Inclusive Garden
Guided Tours (Starting point at booth near the Ceremonial Plaza)
9.30am – 4.15pmIstana Main Building Guided Tour by National Heritage BoardMain Building
10.00am – 4.00pmNature Guided Tour by NParksEnhanced Japanese Garden and Inclusive Garden
Snacks and Merchandise
9.00am – 6.00pmGoodburger Food TruckCentre Gate
9.00am – 6.00pmUdders Ice-cream BoothMain Tent
9.00am – 6.00pmDrinks and Merchandise BoothMain Tent

Entry Fees

Only cashless payments via PayNow will be accepted.

The following fees are applicable for entry into the Istana grounds:

Entry into Istana groundsSingapore Citizens and Permanent ResidentsStandard
AdultFree$2.00
Children (4 to 12 years)FreeFree
Children (Below 4 years)FreeFree

The following fees are applicable for entry into the Istana Main Building.

Entry into Istana Main BuildingSingapore Citizens and Permanent ResidentsStandard
Self-guidedGuided*Self-guidedGuided*
Adult$2.00$4.00$4.00$10.00
Children (4 to 12 years)$2.00$2.00$2.00$2.00
Children (Below 4 years)FreeFreeFreeFree

*The Istana Main Building Guided Tours are conducted by volunteers from the National Heritage Board. The tours are limited to 15 persons per group and depart every 45 minutes from 9.30am to 4.15pm. All fees collected will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge.

The following fees are applicable for the Nature Guided Tour:

Nature Guided TourSingapore Citizens and Permanent ResidentsStandard
Adult$4.00$10.00
Children (4 to 12 years)$2.00$2.00
Children (Below 4 years)FreeFree

The Nature Guided Tours are conducted by volunteers from NParks. The tours are limited to 15 persons per group and depart every hour from 10am to 4pm. All fees collected will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge.

Souvenirs

There will be merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs. Only cashless payments via PayNow will be accepted.

All proceeds will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge. Social service agencies supported by President’s Challenge 2022 include those from the following sectors:

  • Children, Youth & Family
  • Disability
  • Eldercare
  • Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Healthcare
  • Disability Sports

The souvenirs include memorabilia such as:

  • Istana 150th Anniversary Books
  • Caps
  • Mugs
  • Bookmarks
  • Postcards
  • Notebooks
  • Umbrellas

Terms and Conditions

Admission Procedures to the Istana Open House on 17 July 2022

  1. Admission to the Istana Open House is subject to security checks. Pointed and sharp objects (e.g. knives of any size, fork, scissors), flammable items (e.g. lighter), and canned items (e.g. canned drinks) are not allowed.
  2. There are no storage facilities in the Istana. Security personnel reserve the right to deny entry to visitors with prohibited items.
  3. Entry to the Istana grounds may be restricted due to inclement weather or other reasons.
  4. The IOH may be suspended or cancelled if there is prolonged risk of lightning. Visitors within the Istana grounds can seek shelter at the tentages. Please do not seek shelter under trees or canopies. Visitors may also wish to seek shelter at nearby malls.

Admission Procedures to the Istana Main Building

  1. Each Main Building admission pass admits one visitor into the Main Building. Only children below 4 years old may enter for free.
  2. Re-entry into the Main Building is not allowed.
  3. Visitors must keep their masks on at all times in the Main Building.
  4. . The consumption of food and drinks is not allowed in the Main Building.
  5. Main Building admission passes are purchased on a first-come-first-served basis.
  6. To ensure a safe and pleasant experience, the number of admission passes issued will be based on the capacity of the Main Building. Istana reserves the right to deny entry or suspend the issuance of passes when the capacity is expected to be reached.
  7. There are no restroom facilities accessible to members of the public within the Main Building.
  8. Visits are kept strictly only to the first floor of the Main Building.
  9. No photography is allowed within the Main Building.

Visitor Etiquette and Safe Management Measures Within Istana Grounds

  1. Visitors who are feeling unwell on that day are strongly encouraged not to visit Istana.
  2. Visitors are requested to maintain good hygiene.
  3. Smoking is strictly prohibited on the Istana grounds.
  4. Please keep the Istana grounds litter-free.
  5. Activities such as wheeled sports (e.g. cycling, roller blading, riding PMDs) are not allowed.
  6. No pets are allowed except certified guide dogs.
  7. Follow all prevailing safe management measures.

The IOH Organising Committee reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time at their sole and absolute discretion without notice. By proceeding with the visit, the visitors agree to be bound by the updated terms. These terms and conditions and all its subsequent variations shall be subject to and governed by the laws of Singapore.

Visitors hereby agree that the Istana Open House Organising Committee may take photographs or recordings of any visitor at the Istana Open House for any purpose, without prior approval or compensation.

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