National Gallery Singapore

#14 in Best Things To Do in Singapore
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1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

A diversity of exhibits sets the National Gallery Singapore apart from its competitors. The gallery covers various mediums and its artwork ranges from the 1800s to the present; a majority of the art comes from Singapore and Southeast Asia. Exhibitions and programs regularly rotate through the gallery and keep its offerings fresh. You won’t need to leave the National Gallery Singapore to grab a bite, either, as the gallery hosts a variety of restaurants, lounges and cafes.

In addition to its art, past visitors were impressed by the National Gallery Singapore’s unique buildings. The former City Hall and Supreme Court were restored to house the museum, and travelers can even explore the court’s old holding cells. Recent travelers also suggest taking advantage of the gallery’s tours, which are included in the cost of admission.

Standard tickets cost SG$20 (about $14.75) for all visitors older than the age of 6; it is free for Singapore citizens and permanent residents. The gallery is open Saturday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Keep in mind that admission ends 30 minutes before closing time. The gallery sits centered in downtown Singapore, one block from the Singapore River and between Hill Street and Esplanade Drive. Visitors can easily walk between the National Gallery Singapore and the Asian Civilizations Museum. A variety of buses stop near the gallery, while those taking the train should opt to get off at the City Hall MRT Station. To learn more, check out the National Gallery Singapore’s website.

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