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“Go for the art, stay for the architecture.”

National Gallery Singapore
Ranked #30 of 843 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: Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Many cities in the former British Empire have old courts and town halls have that have been refurbished for other uses. But I have never seen a renovation of a colonial building that so convincingly preserves the old buildings while audaciously giving them a new purpose. The art is wonderful and much of it also explores the relationship between the old colonial government and the new modern Singapore. I recommend a drink at the rooftop bar while you gaze across the old cricket clubs and the padang to the new vibrant Marina Bay and modern Singapore.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear MatthewMusing
Thank you for visiting and writing this review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the building and our exhibitions. Thank you.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

The art work is fabulous, and changes with various exhibitions on from time to time. But the real star of the show is the amazing architecture to link the old Court House and City Hall buildings. Definetly take one of the guided tours to orientate yourself and learn a bit of the history. You need to give yourself at least half a day here for a look around. And there's some excellent choices of restaurants for lunch.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Trivinator
Thank you for your review. You visited us in Dec 2016...and we hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again soon.

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit old city hall and old Supreme Court are now the National Gallery of Singapore. They have done an out standing renovation to blend the new with the old.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Frank M
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

I found the art collections to be secondary to the architecture. Singapore integrated the stately old British colonial era City Hall and Supreme Court buildings to create a new national gallery by combining old and new architecture. The result is one beautiful, vast and airy building with many rooms that display modern and contemporary Singaporan and Southeast Asian art. Court rooms and offices point to the courthouse history. The architects even saved the two jail cells where they used to keep people during trials.

I found the interactive children's rooms--the Art Playscape and Into the Woods--far more interesting than the art collections in the other rooms, and I did not even bring a child along. If you have children, make a bee line to these two delightful rooms.

1  Thank ElleLaJolla
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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear ElleLaJolla
Thank you for visiting. The Art Playscape and Who's in the Woods is for the young and young at heart and we are glad to hear you enjoyed those spaces too!

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Reviewed 14 April 2017

First time visiting to attend a lunch upstair. Was drawn by the music placed by a team of violinist. The building has such high ceiling that you can hear the beautiful music echoing from every corner. What a way to relax yourself. Hope they have more of such talented musician playing there. Will visit again.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Flybug_2012
So good to hear that you will be visiting again. We currently have performances every weekend from 2pm. Do check our website for the latest information.

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