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“Christmas free treat (as a foreigner)”

National Gallery Singapore
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US$14.96*
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National Gallery Singapore Admission
Ranked #39 of 899 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Situated in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District, National Gallery Singapore oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Southeast Asia. Housed in two beautifully restored national monuments – City Hall and former Supreme Court – are impeccably curated exhibitions that reveal the region’s cultural legacy and art histories. Come visit the Gallery today and discover Singapore and Southeast Asia’s rich heritage through stunning modern art masterpieces.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I highly recommend everyone to visit the extensive Southeast Asian art pieces in the National Gallery Singapore. Standard ticket for Non-Singaporeans is 20 SGD, which is not expensive given the exhibits offered at each of the ~7 galleries. The museum is FREE FOR ALL during public holidays, so I was finally able to visit during the Christmas holidays, and it was an enriching experience and unique treat for myself. I was able to see paintings by Fernando Amorsolo, Felix Hidalgo and a Juan Luna! I would like to go back after I get to know more about other pioneering artists in S.E. Asia like Raden Saleh, Liu Kang... and acclaimed modern and contemporary artists like Norberto Roldan... The architecture of the former Supreme Court and City Hall is also something to behold, and I was also able to see Singapore's historical documents at the former Chief Justice's Chamber.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Dear fagironella
Thank you for visiting us! We are glad you took advantage of our open house where ALL exhibtion galleries are open to ALL visitors for free. Please note that open houses are only held on selected public holidays (not all). Do check our website for clarification. We are holding an open house for Chinese New Year over the long weekend (28th-30th Sat-Mon) - perhaps we wil see you then?

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

My husband and I are "highlights and famous things only" kind of people when it comes to our interest in art. The gallery doesn't have anything famous (at least nothing that our very layman selves have ever heard of) but we were impressed! Beautiful space and massive collection of local and Asian art. Highly recommend to join one of the free guided tours - we thought the quality was superb. The guide was very knowledgeable and added a bit of history and colour to each one of the pieces. Made the visit a lot more interesting despite us looking at art we've never heard of. We have spoken to friends who had the same experience. If you have a bit of spare time - definitely worth spending a couple hours here. Like others have mentioned, do go up to the top floor and enjoy the view.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Dear cww5
Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you were impressed and enjoyed your time here. The Gallery hopes to reach out to everyday Singaporeans with a focus of art by Singaporeans and regional artists. We hope you will journey with us as we build our collection and share this with the world.

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Starts with a stunning entrance way. Lots of galleries to choose from. Was especially interested in the Asian artist collection I don't get to see much of at home. Helpful assistants. Lunch good in the less expensive area. Fun exhibit of balloon art.

Thank Jan B
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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Dear Jan B
Thank you for visiting us. We hope you enjoyed our collection of Singapore and South East Asian art.

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

This gallery stands comparison with the very best around the world: Washington, DC; London, UK; Paris; Rome; Berlin; Ottawa. The holdings are extensive, and of a very high quality. It is a bit of a maze, so be sure to use the map that is provided.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Dear Professional-Pilgrim
Thank you for your compliments. We are working hard to achieve our vision of being a leading visual arts institution and hope to constantly improve. Please do visit us again if you are in this part of the woods. (And we also received your feedback card too - thanks!!)

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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Visited this place which has nice interior and art pieces on display. Worth a visit when one has the time. There are also nice restaurants on site and an observation deck at the TOP where one can look across the Padang to MBS.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Dear Justlovetofly
Thank you for your review. We hope you enjoyed your visit and perhaps we will see you again soon.

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