Ideal Time: 2 - 3 hours
Open Time: Saturday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM,
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM,
Last entry 30 minutes before closing
Cost: SGD 15 - SGD 30
The National Gallery Singapore is a visual and cultural delight, showcasing over 8,000 art pieces from Singapore's National Collection. This collection is one of the largest and most invaluable compilations of modern Singaporean and Southeast Asian Art, expressing the rich culture, heritage and history of the region.
Rooftop dining: 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM,
Coleman Street entrance: 9:00 AM - 1:00 AM,
Basement Car Park: 7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Singaporeans and PRs: No Entry Fee,
Foreigners: SGD 15 - SGD 20,
Singaporeans and PRs: SGD 10 - SGD 15,
Foreigners: SGD 20 - SGD 25,
All Access Pass: SGD 25 - SGD 30
The National Gallery in Singapore was established in late 2015. The concept of this massive gallery was introduced by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2005. In 2008, the responsibility of the design of the Gallery was given to Studio Milou Singapore in partnership with CPG Consultants, Singapore. Construction works on the buildings began in 2011, and the Gallery was officially opened to the public in late 2015.
The firms in charge of the design of the National Gallery were Studio Milou Singapore and CPG Consultants, both renowned for being able to preserve historic buildings and facilitating the adaptive reuse of these buildings without compromising the heritage of the area. The two iconic Singaporean buildings chosen for this project were the former Supreme Court building and City Hall. The two buildings have been linked at the roof level by a linear draped canopy supported by tree-like columns. The Gallery is powered by solar energy instead of electricity. Both buildings display classic British colonial architecture, with Corinthian and Ionic columns and ornamented frieze panels.
The extensive collection of the National Gallery Singapore is a wonderful combination of modern and contemporary art, dating back to the 19th century, representing the development of Singapore and Southeast Asian cultures. There are two permanent galleries here:
DBS Singapore Gallery: This gallery showcases the development of the culture and identity of Singapore from colonial times in the 19th century to the present day. Multiple facets of Singaporean art are highlighted in these exhibits, with each piece detailing the circumstances of the artist and how he responds to them. One can also learn about the most significant moments in Singapore's political, socio-economic and cultural history. There are over 400 artworks present here, with the oldest piece being a wood engraving from 1865 of a tiger attack.
UOB Southeast Asia Gallery: The grand history of Southeast Asian art can be witnessed in this gallery, with the region's tradition and modernity displayed through the exhibits. The development of major civilisations, religions, colonial powers and the struggle against it can be explored and understood here. Along with impressive paintings that represent the artist's interpretation of various components of society, one can also find rare books and artefacts in this gallery. The Stereoscope station helps visitors gain a better understanding of the history of the region through a display of a series of 3D images.
The guided tours at the National Gallery are free of cost, excluding the admission charges to the facility.
English: Daily: 11:00 AM,
Mandarin: Friday - Sunday: 11:30 AM,
DBS Singapore Gallery Highlights:
English: Daily: 2:00 PM,
Mandarin: Friday - Sunday: 2:30 PM,
UOB Southeast Asia Gallery Highlights:
English: Daily: 3:30 PM,
Mandarin: Friday - Sunday: 4:00 PM
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The National Gallery Singapore is very centrally located in Singapore, with excellent connectivity through all modes of public transport.
By MRT: The National Gallery Singapore is within walking distance from the City Hall, Clarke Quay and Raffles Place MRT stations.
By Bus: Bus no. 130 stops right at the Coleman entrance of the Gallery. Bus no. 63,51,80,32,851 stop opposite Peninsula Place, a short walk from the same entrance.
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