Singapore City Gallery

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Time Required: 1-2 hours


Monday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

Entry Fee:

No entry fee

Singapore City Gallery, Singapore Overview

The Singapore City Gallery is located between two prominent landmarks - Chinatown and the Central Business District. It is a three storey centre which accommodates enormous model replicas, providing visitors with a complete view of the Central Area of Singapore. Formerly known as the URA Gallery, the City Gallery was established in the year 1992. It is currently monitored by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development.

This is the only gallery dedicated to showing the country's remarkable transformations. It tells you the story of the nation's planning efforts and dynamic physical transaction in the form of past, present and future. The City Gallery has more than 10 thematic areas and more than 50 audiovisual-interactive exhibits spread across three storeys of 2,400 square meters. It is an exciting and multi-sensory learning experience into Singapore's planning journey. The gallery also has a 270-degree panoramic sight and sound show that revolves around the different phases of progress of the country. The City Gallery is not just an informational and educational hub for the public, but it is also a place where visitors can discover and participate in the story of the nation's planning efforts.

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The Singapore City Gallery provides gallery tours free of cost. This tour takes you through various exhibits lined up in the gallery. The 45-minute tour is organised at 11:30 AM on the last Saturday of each month. The visitors experience stories of inspirational dreams, careful planning and detailed execution of the city of Singapore. This tour does not require pre-registration as the booking is subject to availability on first come-first serve basis.

The City Gallery was inaugurated on 27th January 1999 by Lim Hng Kiang, the then National Development Minister. It had an initial cost of SGD 4.2 million and was expected to project 36,000 visitors annually. It was aimed at the student and local community groups. In 2004, the gallery renovated around 80% of their exhibits. When it was reopened in December 2004, it was renamed as the Singapore City Gallery. The key display of the gallery which is the Central Area Model was expanded to include areas such as the Orchard Road, Kampong Glam, Little India, Bras Basah and Bugis. Later, the gallery was also updated to include latest Marina Bay plans.

The gallery received its millionth in 2008. Again, in the year 2011, the gallery was redesigned and reopened with the inclusion of new exhibits like the 270-degree panorama of Singapore's life and an 8 player multimedia game of the country's urban planning. This renovation was honoured with the Singapore Design Award 2012 for the event's & exhibition's category and the Multidisciplinary Design Category. An estimated 200,000 visitors visit the gallery annually.

The Singapore City Gallery is located on the Maxwell Road and is well connected by public transport systems. The closest MRT Station is the Tanjong Pagar MRT. Alight at Exit G and walk to the gallery for a distance of 4 minutes. The bus stop is at a distance of two minutes and Bus No.80 and 145 stop at the bus stop near the gallery.

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