National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
National Gallery Singapore is a leading visual arts institution in Southeast Asia which oversees the world’s largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and the region. Situated in the heart of the Civic District, the National Gallery Singapore has been beautifully restored and transformed from the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings into an exciting new visual arts venue.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from S$14.00
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Address
Neighbourhood: City Hall
How to get there
  • Raffles Place • 9 min walk
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  • dyhx
    3,461 contributions
    Get on the Back of House tour!
    This tour is ticketed separately at $15 per pax but with the annual pass we get 20% off (else by right you need to also separately get a General Admission ticket). This is a new tour that just started in Feb this year and then paused during Circuit Breaker and resumed later in Phase 2 reopening. They used to do it in bigger groups of 20 but now due to COVID regulations, they can only take groups of 4. Which was perfect for us and I always preferred smaller group tours. The starting point is at the ticketing area at the basement where we met our guide Mr Goh, who is a volunteer with the Gallery. He then led us thru the old Supreme Court with a short history lesson along the way. We also got to climb the original stairs from the holding cells to the accused dock inside the courtroom (which is now an art gallery but the dock remained). We also got to go up to the viewing gallery of Court 1 (where many major appeal cases were heard). These are all restricted places where one couldn’t roam freely without a Gallery staff. An enriching experience, well worth the $12 and 1.5 hrs. A walk into history, of Singapore, of the building, of the path of the accused. Definitely gained new knowledge, and in my preferred mode of learning – storytelling. If you are interested in the arts, you can also spend another 2-3 hrs going through the other exhibits and gallery.
    Visited December 2020
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 December 2020
  • Koloblicin
    Singapore, Singapore595 contributions
    Lovely place to spend the day
    National Gallery had a open house, so we could visit the entire place for free. There is so much history and so many art exhibitions, it would take at least half a day to go through all of them. The place is also well maintained and very elderly friendly. Really a great place to learn more about Singapore's history.
    Visited March 2020
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 February 2020
  • Travelswithboxers
    86 contributions
    Take the guided tour, take most of the day
    A super museum. Last time we went, we took a guided tour of the DBS gallery which was terrific. This time we didn't and felt a little worse of for it, but it must be said that all the staff in the rooms who we thought were "security" are very knowledgeable and worth engaging with. This time the gallery hosted the Bienalle exhibits - a bit to avant garde for our taste, but interesting to see. There is a lot to see, a couple of hours won't do it justice. A special mention to the painting called something like "language class" which when explained has a very powerful story behind it.
    Visited February 2020
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2020
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Mel
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
I’d strongly recommend the National Gallery for those who appreciate art and architecture. Each work is accompanied with a write-up in English, but even if you’re not interested in reading, there’s plenty of art to visually take in.

Your ticket should allow you access to multiple exhibitions, including those on Singapore’s art history, Southeast Asian art through the last few decades, and a couple more that are regularly rotated throughout the year. Tickets are also free for locals, which is awesome! Do look up the exhibitions prior to coming down, in case some are closed in preparation for the next installation.

The gallery isn’t too crowded - I went down on a Sunday afternoon and had lots of space to myself. If you intend on carefully going through pretty much every art piece, I suggest you dedicate a full day here (or more). Otherwise, an afternoon should be sufficient for a simple walk-through of the various exhibitions.
Written 27 November 2022
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inja48
Bondi, Australia148 contributions
Oct 2022
Every visit to Singapore I visit the gallery, and I am never disappointed.
The buildings, former City Hall and High Court , are beautiful and the art exhibitions are a bonus!I
I thoroughly enjoyed Chua Mia Tee's paintings and the riverside free walk/talk before going through exhibition was informative and I highly recommend.
Written 5 November 2022
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SeeTheW0rld62
Sunnyvale, CA1,482 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed the National Gallery. There is a lot of of free access to exhibits. The highlight was the Wu Guanzhong gallery with beautiful paintings. The enclosed courtyard between the buildings is a great setting. The metal trees supporting the roof make the supports into works of art. There is a room where the Japanese surrendered to the Allied forces at the end of WW2 but the main surrender was on the USS Missouri air craft carrier in Tokyo Bay. The surrender in Singapore was likely an event to stoke Lord Mountbatten's ego.
Written 29 October 2022
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Glenn W
Sydney, Australia317 contributions
Oct 2022
The National Gallery is a bit like Singapore - a blend of east and west but in this case a blend of old and new as well. If you like grand old architecture, the building itself won't disappoint. A grand old dame outside (and in certain parts inside), modern and arty inside. The former Supreme Court wing (if I can call it that) and the cells are an interesting part of the building. As for the art it is plentiful. Some galleries seem to be at pains to be politically correct and have a left wing bent, so you may or may not enjoy this depending on your political bent. Either way, a great experience. Plan on leaving plenty of time for your tour - I took several hours and felt like I was dipping my toe into a pool. Plenty to see.
Written 17 October 2022
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Andrew D
Singapore, Singapore395 contributions
Oct 2022
Lovely architecture with many beautiful paintings worth admiring. They also offer many interesting side exhibitions.
Written 10 October 2022
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annminky
United States1,591 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Nice place. The architecture of this building is so unique. Lots to see. Wide open space. You need half a day to visit. Worth visiting if you like art.
Written 10 August 2022
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PC
8 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
The large and imposing National Gallery, comprising the former City Hall AND Supreme Court Buildings, promises a lot with its appearance (and price of entry, S$30 for a tourist for all exhibits).

But that promise mostly fell flat. A lot of the art on display was aggressively mundane. The space didn’t feel tastefully laid out, but rather over-stretched, straining to meet the promise of the size and the presumed wealth of the government sponsoring it.

The special exhibition from Nam June Paik (early 2022) was quite great and was the sole highlight of note.
Written 23 February 2022
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Wilson S
Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
Dec 2021
With a wide range of exhibits, be prepared to spend at least half a day, if not longer here. General admission is free for locals, with some special exhibits which require fees (although these are free for students and teachers).
Written 4 January 2022
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Ellen
New York City, NY3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
The museum is a work of art. Huge collection of Southeast Asian art housed in an architecturally stunning building. There are interesting activities to engage the young while we were there. A lovely place to visit if you are in the Civic District. There was a popular cafe (close to the cells) and we enjoyed the ambience. Truly worth a repeat visit!
Written 28 December 2021
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,478 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Formerly a court house and redesigned by a french architect firm. Maybe due to covid, the last superstar exhibition was Yayoi 2-3 years ago. The architecture is stunning though. So is the 3 michelin star restaurant Odette
Written 3 December 2021
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