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Reviewed 21 November 2018

What a splendid idea to transform the majestic and monumental Old Supreme Court Building and the Old City Hall into the National Gallery. Traipsing through the hallowed halls of these buildings was like walking through a historical timeline. The new ultramodern basement level adjoining the two buildings with link bridges was somewhat incongruent architecturally, but functional nevertheless.

We were privileged to have met Benjamin Ramalingam, who was a guide in one of the halls of the Old Supreme Court Building. He was a fount of knowledge about the history of Singapore, its constitution and its legal system. He exuded with enthusiasm and highlighted the legacy left by British to Singapore and the roles played by the founding fathers William Farquhar and Stamford Raffles.

Our visit to the National Gallery on Thursday 15th November 2018 was well worth our time. Other than the artworks on display, the preserved prime minister’s room, rotunda library, courtrooms, and other aspects of these historical buildings were a delight to behold.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

National Gallery Singapore was the highlight of my visit back in January 2017. I went there solely to enjoy the building and architectural design, not to enjoy the artworks. Luckily, we could enjoy this building for free, as the admission ticket is only for those visiting the gallery area inside the building.

NGS is such a beautifully preserved old building, with several modern touch that makes this building enjoyable and instagrammable for the visitors.

There is a lounge/restaurant at the rooftop of the building, overlooking Padang filed, Singapore skyscrappers, as well as MBS area. There is also a small beautiful garden in this rooftop.

Moreover, we joined a free guided tour which started at 11am. It was great as we got to learn the background of this building and how it played a huge role in this country's history. The guide itself was a very nice person.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank piperodette
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Reviewed 17 November 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the national gallery and had so much fun while we were there. As a family with little children in tow, sometimes a visit to places like museum can get boring for the child. It was not the case this time.
The gallery with its exquisite collections of artworks, also has a dedicated space for children. Our children had so much fun at the Keppel Centre for Art Education.
Staffs were all so friendly and accomodating. That also made our visit much more enjoyable. Would love to come back, 3 hours was just not enough.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

Well, I wasn't sure about visiting here but I'm so glad we did. We were entranced by so many of the beautiful works, most modern, all very well explained in English both on the walls and by the very friendly staff. Loved our visit from start to finish. The roof gardens were peaceful and with great views, the history of the buildings themselves and the court room, holding cells etc in the court building adjoining were fascinating too, don't miss walking over the atrium from one to the other as there's much to learn and enjoy in both buildings.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 15 November 2018 via mobile

A world class gallery in Singapore. We visited at a quiet time as it’s main exhibition gallery was closed awaiting a new major exhibition that begins next week. It was still well worth visiting, there was more than enough to see in the other galleries full of inspiring art from SE Asia. it is worth a visit just to see the building. The way that the old Supreme Court and Hall buildings have been reused is remarkable.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Devonfish
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