Some FAQ & Facts About National Gallery Singapore

Totally an awe-spiring art spot
By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
February 11, 2022

The National Gallery Singapore is simply a must-visit place for all art lovers travelling to the Lion City. How could it not be, given that it houses the world’s biggest public collection of modern Southeast Asian art? The gallery is located in the centre of the Civic District, inside two ancient buildings—the City Hall and the former Supreme Court—and houses more than 9,000 works from Singapore’s national collection.

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The National Gallery Singapore distinguishes itself from its competitors by the variety of its displays. It is stated to be the biggest public collection of modern art (over 9,000+ pieces). The gallery exhibits artwork from the 1800s to the present in a variety of forms; the bulk of the art is from Singapore and Southeast Asia. Exhibitions and events cycle through the gallery on a regular basis, keeping its offerings fresh. You won’t even have to leave the National Gallery Singapore to have a bite to eat, since the gallery is home to a number of eateries, lounges, and cafés. 

What Kind Of Artwork Can We Expect? 

Immerse yourself in the artworks and learn about Singapore’s and Southeast Asia’s heritage and history. Some of the region’s most notable artists are represented here, including Georgette Chen (Singapore), Raden Saleh (Indonesia), and Latiff Mohidin (Malaysia). The gallery is also notable for hosting exhibits by internationally renowned artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Claude Monet.

In addition to that, previous visitors were also said to be fascinated with the National Gallery Singapore’s distinctive architecture. The museum is housed in the former City Hall and Supreme Court, and visitors may even see the court’s ancient holding cells. Recent visitors also recommend taking use of the gallery’s tours, which are included in the entrance price.

What Are The Permanent & Famous Artwork There? 

The emphasis here is on Singaporean and Southeast Asian art from the nineteenth (19th) century to the present. One permanent exhibition examines the history and architecture of the National Gallery’s evolution from municipal structure to world-class art museum. Another collaborated with the National Archives of Singapore and the National Library Board to examine Singapore’s constitution from 1819 to 1965.

The gallery is located in the heart of downtown Singapore, one block from the Singapore River and halfway between Hill Street and Esplanade Drive. The National Gallery Singapore and the Asian Civilizations Museum are both conveniently accessible by foot. There are several buses that stop near the gallery, and those riding the train should get off at the City Hall MRT Station.

How Much Per Entry? 

Standard tickets cost SG$20 for all visitors over the age of six. However, for Singapore citizens and permanent residents, the ticket will be free. Checkout the ticket here

What Time Does It Open?

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Remember that entry stops 30 minutes before the store closes. Check the operating hours here

Is There Any Private Tour Available? 

Daily hour-long excursions in English and Mandarin are free of charge. You can also choose to download the museum’s free Gallery Explorer app that allows you to do self-guided tours.

Is There Any Gift Shop Available? 

Yes! There’s a small Gallery Store located at the corner which sells artist-designed T-shirts, purses, candles, and office supplies, as well as art publications, children’s books, and exhibition catalogues. The item is trendy and exciting, making it ideal for giving.

How’s The Environment There? 

This museum is (obviously) well-liked by both residents and tourists. So if you’re the type that prefers a peaceful and quiet environment, we suggest that you arrive early and avoid weekends and public holidays. Also, if you want to avoid unnecessary lineups (which is super damn long by the way), get your tickets in advance online.

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