Art Museums in Singapore

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Art Museums in Singapore

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  • Mel
    Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
    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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  • Onn11
    Jurong, Singapore658 contributions
    The building is situated in a noisy and bustling part of the Little India district in Singapore, but going in, the feel is very different as it is quiet, cool and relaxed.

    Even for a local like myself, the exhibitions on the 3rd and 4th levels of the building about the Indian community in Singapore both past and present are refreshing as they relate the contributions made by this minority community as well as the rich experiences they came with when many of these ones migrated over to Singapore in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Highly recommended for anyone who wants to enjoy a slow and relaxed way of learning more about the Indian diaspora in this part of the world.
    Written 17 November 2019
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  • 705franckw
    Philippines12 contributions
    It was an overall great experience.
    We chose the 4 courses menu. Food was really good but service a bit behind.
    Written 1 January 2021
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  • Jonna D
    Uppsala, Sweden36 contributions
    The building itself is amazing, but the exhibition at the museum during our visit, Disturbing narratives, was just as good. Well worth a detour if you are interested in contemporary art.
    Written 23 October 2019
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  • Sanjeev G
    Singapore, Singapore98 contributions
    This is great for a sense of history. The Ground floor has a timeline and examples of equipment used over the first hundred years of the Fire Service.

    The Upper floor has some activities to tell kids what they SCDF does, not really engaging for young children.
    Written 14 March 2020
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  • FamiCLE
    Cleveland, OH176 contributions
    Visited on a recommendation and were very impressed. The center specializes in printmaking and pushing the boundaries of that art form. Also, has artists in residence producing work, and finally offers works for sale. Really interesting collection and learned a lot about contemporary printmaking field.
    Written 5 August 2022
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  • KGB777
    Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
    This place is now permanently closed. Bu if you're in the area it's still worthwhile to have a walk around Fort Canning. Good views over the city and a nice park to explore.
    Written 26 June 2017
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  • shinraemonsam
    Sydney, Australia1,060 contributions
    One of SG's oldest galleries, celebrating 20 years in 2017, and only one single review (a Wiki bio) and no update regarding the new premises. Fair enough, I guess you dont come to SG for the art, and this ain't The Louvre.

    It is a good galley though, if only a little out of the way, down by the port.

    To make the most of your efforts and make the inconvenient location worthwhile, here are a few tips.

    • Check the webpage and call ahead to make sure the gallery is open with an exhibition

    • Match your visit time with the hours of Artspace at Helutrans (in the same building)

    • Enjoy the amazing BKT nearby, it is an institution

    • Travel by bike

    New address:

    GAJAH GALLERY. 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark. #03-04, Singapore 089065. Tel : +65 6737 4202 Fax: +65 6737 4203.

    Coz you might want to fax....
    Written 27 September 2017
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  • theloudvoice
    Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
    Although a little hard to find, this gallery is a real gem and an asset to what is quite a commercial art scene in Singapore. It is a charity and therefore relies on donations and the support of the public and private sectors. They exist to give artists a rare opportunity to showcase their work without the motive of profit. In a money-driven society like Singapore, the Private Museum is refreshing in its approach, and worth supporting. The building it is in is also worth checking out.
    Written 2 March 2020
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  • Rowie
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia586 contributions
    The Luxt Art Museum is centrally located in the heart of Singapore.
    The building comprises of a leased venue space for private events one floor above street level and two bedroom residential units for lease above and is owned and managed by Hong Kong investment arm, JBE Holdings, with Mr Patrick Lam, of #thelam.sg as landlord.
    This review refers to the rental of the residential apartments above The Luxe Art Museum.
    The apartments here are spacious with some good features.
    I was a tenant for four years and somewhat appaled with the true attitude of the landlord emerging when it was time to refund the security deposit.
    The difficulty a tenant might face in reclaiming their deposit held by #jbeholdings has to be legendary.
    Many unnecessary and unjust deductions are excuses just to retain your deposit.
    Some examples I have experienced are referred to in the pictures enclosed :
    The apartment's many three gang switches, which are installed thruout the apartment on all main walls, have red integrated led lights.
    These lights illuminate when power is switched on primarily to indicate electrical usage.
    The building is more then 10 years old so I am not surprised the red indicator lights have fused. However, it was NOT stated in the tenancy agreement, tenants would need to replace any fused intergrated red lights at the end of the tenancy.
    The only clause pertaining to bulb replacement specified the exiting tenant would only have to replace any fused ceiling bulbs. Nothing was stated about replacing the red indicator switch bulbs.
    #jbeholdings confirm, such three gang switch panels are obsolete in Singapore and a complete replacement of the entire switch panel is necessary as opposed to simply replacing the red bulb.
    These integrated light switches can be repurchased in a third world country and #jbeholdings intends to make the costly deduction at my expense disregarding the main purpose of supplying electricity to the existing three gang switches was still functional.
    Another example of unreasonable daylight robbery :
    A plastic cutlery tray with a small pinhole, I suspect to be a product defect, the landlord is charging for a costly replacement. Can you spot the tiny pinhole?
    As I failed to inform management of the small pinhole defect when the said apartment was first handed over to me, the cost of a replacement will be deducted.
    This amongst other unreasonable or justified deductions - and I could write a list, have left me with a bad impression.
    Any balance, if any is left after the ridiculous deductions, would be refunded to me, only after Singapore exits the circuit breaker period.
    Due to the current covid pandemic, aparently no one comes into the office to sign checks.
    What a perfect excuse for a tenant whom has left Singapore.
    This ungrateful landlord, will scrutinise every square inch of the apartment upon a tenant's return handover.
    He is not appreciative of the effort taken to repaint (it was a kind gesture on my part after a four year tenancy paying prime rental) and a thorough clean of the unit before handover.
    All that scrutiny down to a pin hole in a cutlery tray served a purpose.
    A kitchen liner missing? Probably wasn't there originally, chargeable as well.
    Uncannily enough, the landlord ignores general maintenance to replace the old pool side timber decking in dire need of replacement and makes no effort to replace the loose tiles of the building's infinity pool which has cut my foot.
    And let's not forget the one and only poorly maintained unisex poolside toilet.
    While The Luxe Art Museum's event space does have a fair turnover, keep in mind, weather you lease the venue space or take a apartment here, your lease is with the same coniving landlord.
    Before signing on that dotted line,
    have ALL verbal promisories and whatsapp's with the landlord documented and expect the refund to your tenancy deposit to be deductable wherever possible.
    Written 14 October 2020
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