City Travel Tip #1260
National Gallery Singapore – a place for art buffs in Singapore
Fans of visual art should make it a point to visit the National Gallery Singapore. This museum contains the world’s largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. The National Gallery building is a national monument as it used to be the Old Supreme Court Building and City Hall, both of which were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. The architectural design of the building attracts many who pose for photos on the steps and massive columns fronting the Gallery.
My personal favourite section of the Gallery is the Singapore Gallery. It houses work by major Singaporean artists, spanning from the early 20th century to contemporary modern art. From the naturalist paintings of Singapore landscapes and people, you can get an idea of what Singapore looked like in the past – almost like looking at old photographs!
There are often special exhibitions held at the Gallery, including travelling exhibitions from overseas museums. Tickets to the Gallery cost SGD$20 for non-Singaporeans, but there are special concession rates if you are a student/teacher, or a senior.
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