The spellbindingly beautiful National Gallery Singapore has finally opened its doors to the public! Home to the world’s biggest collection of modern Southeast Asian Art, the 64,000-square-metre museum has two permanent galleries featuring the development of both Singapore and Southeast Asian art. It is a must-visit for all art enthusiasts and history buffs.
From now till 06 December 2015, interested participants get to enjoy free admission into National Gallery Singapore. Note that visitors have to acquire the complimentary tickets prior to their visit from the attraction’s official website (a maximum of five tickets per transaction). The gallery is massive and let us tell you what to expect before you head down!
National Gallery Singapore is housed in two old national monuments – the former Supreme Court and City Hall. After a decade of restoration and S$532 million, the massive museum is now an elegant site characterised by historical heritage elements.
PERMANENT AND SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS
There are two permanent exhibitions at the National Gallery Singapore, namely DBS Singapore Gallery’s Siapa Nama Kamu and UOB Southeast Asia Gallery’s Between Declarations And Dreams. The former explores the influences that have shaped Singapore’s art, while the latter focuses on the ever-changing art of Southeast Asia.
Together, both permanent exhibitions boast a total of 800 artworks that dated back to the 19th century. There are also two other special exhibitions – Wu Guanzhong’s Beauty Beyond Form and Chua Ek Kay’s After The Rain. These captivating but temporary Chinese exhibitions will be in the National Gallery of Singapore till 03 May 2016.
GET INTERACTIVE AT THE SOCIAL TABLE
Visitors can also explore DBS Singapore Gallery’s artworks on the touch-screen table. The interactive digitalised table allows one to share his/ her favourite art pieces with friends and family alike. By selecting a particular artwork, you can read more about the connections between artists. You can even create a poster of the various arts and email it to yourself!
TIME CAPSULE TO BE RETRIEVED IN YEAR 3000
Located at the Former Supreme Court Foyer is the eight-sided foundation stone and beneath the stone is a cylindrical casket, which contains newspapers published on 31 March 1937 and coins from the Straits Settlements. The time capsule is to be retrieved in year 3000. Just the thought of it is mind-blowing!
ALTERNATIVE SKYLINE OF SINGAPORE
While Singapore does offer multiple breathtaking vantage points across the country, we are thrilled to discover that National Gallery Singapore also grants visitors an alternative view of the city’s skyline. The iconic Marina Bay Sands, Esplanade Theatres, Singapore Arts Science Museum and Raffles Place’s skyscrapers can all be seen from National Gallery Singapore.
PLETHORA OF DINING OPTIONS AT NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
National Gallery Singapore is home to eight exciting dining destinations – Altimate Gastrobar, Aura Restaurant, Aura Sky Lounge, National Kitchen by Violen Oon Singapore, Odette, Saha Signature Restaurant & Bar, Smoke & Mirrors and Yan.
HOW TO GET TO NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
By Bus – You can arrive there by bus 195 or 961.
By Train – Embark on a 5-minute walk from City Hall MRT Station via the Art Connector. National Gallery Singapore is also a 10-minute walk from Raffles Place MRT Station and Clarke Quay MRT Station.
By Car – If you are driving to National Gallery Singapore, you can park your vehicle at the basement car park (B2 and B3) within the building itself. After turning in from St Andrew’s Road, look out for the car park’s entrance on the far right of Coleman Street.
Daily parking rates are S$1.30 per 30 mins between 7am – 6pm, and S$3.20 per entry after 6pm. Motorcyclists pay S$1 per motorcycle and these rates are valid even on public holidays.
National Gallery Singapore
1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01-01,
Tel: +65 6271 7000
Mon to Thu: 10am – 7pm
Fri to Sun: 10am – 11pm
Nearest Station: City Hall
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