Angelita Teo was appointed as Director of the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) in July 2013. In her first year as Director, she succeeded in welcoming over 1 million visitors to NMS – a record for any museum in Singapore. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) at the 2014 National Day Awards for her contributions towards the development of a vibrant cultural and heritage sector in Singapore. Between 2014 and 2015, Angelita helmed the Museum’s complete revamp of its permanent galleries, which reopened in September 2015. The makeover integrates contextual displays, multimedia interactives, contemporary art and personal stories to update the historical narrative of Singapore presented in the museum.
Since 2012, Angelita has run the Festivals and Precinct Development Division of the National Heritage Board, and is in charge of iconic annual festivals such as the Singapore Heritage Festival and Singapore Night Festival. Angelita continues to be the festival director of both festivals, which together reach out to over 2 million visitors each year.
Angelita’s expertise and influence in the cultural sector has involved her in several other cultural development projects, such as the National Gallery Singapore, and the revitalisation of the Malay Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
In 2016, Angelita undertook the management of the Museum Roundtable Unit, which looks at building and facilitating a stronger museum-going culture in Singapore, while positioning museums as unique and fascinating destinations. Through a network of more than 55 public and private museums, heritage galleries and unique attractions, Angelita hopes to encourage more collaborations and engagement among these member museums to develop a vibrant museum landscape. Angelita is also the Director of Retail and Merchandising under the National Heritage Board.
Angelita received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 1995. She started her museum career as an Assistant Curator with the Asian Civilisations Museum in 1996. In 2011, Angelita pursued a Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne under a full government scholarship from the National Heritage Board.