National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore
4.5
Architectural BuildingsArt Museums
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
National Gallery Singapore is a leading visual arts institution in Southeast Asia which oversees the world’s largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and the region. Situated in the heart of the Civic District, the National Gallery Singapore has been beautifully restored and transformed from the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings into an exciting new visual arts venue.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: City Hall
How to get there
  • Raffles Place • 9 min walk
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  • GassyDoha
    Singapore, Singapore469 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Explore Singapore's past through Arts
    If you are an Arts lover then you will fall in love with this place. Otherwise you will be mesmerized by the beautiful architecture. Try to get a local guide as there are many small details that might miss the human eye. Every painting has a story to tell. Try to relate to it! This is definitely the best gallery in the world.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 August 2023
  • lucycan
    San Diego, California3,507 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    So they took the old supreme court and old parliament buildings and turned them into the National Gallery. Pretty damn cool. Lots of spaces that are FREE and open to the public plus some special exhibits that cost a ticket. Do not leave without a visit to the rooftop!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 September 2023
  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,498 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Collection of Local Artists
    This was an excellent museum housed in the former city hall and Supreme Court buildings. What we appreciated was the focus on the local artists which provided a lot more insight into their works, backgrounds and development over time. Themes were well organized and lots of good details and explanations. Some of the more controversial art due to content or nudity were behind door entrances. Nothing seemed very outlandish to me. Don’t overlook the design of the building itself especially the courtyard in between the two buildings. The enclosed space along with the diffused light made for a very nice spot to just take a break in between galleries. The rooftop was quite hot but also a nice place to take in views of the surrounding. There were some chairs surrounding an inflatable piece of art. Also on site were a couple of very nice restaurants including Odette and the National Kitchen by Violet Oon.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • maryyeo
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2,957 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Family Art Tour was AMAZING, on top of Children's Biennale ending March 2024
    Visited the National Gallery because it has an awesome art space with numerous multi-sensory experiences for the kids, as well as the Children's Biennale that runs from 27th May 2023 to 31st March 2024. Our kids managed to collect stamps on their little yellow Biennale booklets from all 11 exhibits of the Biennale and therefore received a small prize from the information counter. But even BEFORE we embarked on the Biennale "treasure hunt" (we called it a treasure hunt because we had to search for the 11 exhibits across the two buildings of The National Gallery), one of the elderly docents at the entrance booth kept urging us to go to the second floor, because an art tour for kids was about to begin at 3pm. We were thoroughly convinced by his enthusiasm and insistence that we went and were so thankful that we did. Family Art Tour (assuming this is the correct name) was thoroughly enjoyable and insightful - our facilitator, Diane, was a photographer herself and has been engaged in paid photography work that are on display at Great World City MRT station. She brought us to see three artworks across a few galleries (including UOB Southeast Asia gallery and even a quick glimpse of the prison at the back of house) which usually requires online/onsite booking for each individual gallery. Although it was a quick dip of different artworks across different themes, we still appreciated our facilitator giving the history, significance and various possible perspectives of appreciating the works, giving us amateurs a deeper appreciation of the arts here. The two art activities she planned also helped to engage and inspire the little ones to create their own artworks. Very meaningful.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Sandra Artist
    London, United Kingdom414 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't get lost and choose your galleries carefully amongst this huge museum.
    Amazing Liu Kuo exhibition of his beautiful ink artworks: large and organic, dreamlike and very inspiring. One other set of rooms have 300 contemporary paintings from the Straight settlements, Malaysia, Indonesia... There's also a temporary exhibition about the influence of Latin American cultures and South East Asian with each other; through trades and exchanges. Some signage is missing and it's easy to get lost and walk around aimlessly in this huge,2 wings renovated Court Houses.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2024
  • annielina
    Houston, Texas45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem
    We went on open house Sunday and it was very peaceful, no crowds when everything is open for free. The museum is well kept with fee guided tours run by volunteers. Very rich in ASEAN and Asian arts, but collection obviously pale comparing to some European icons. If you go to the roof top, it has the best city view in town with no crowds and free. This museum with its architectural wonders and meticulous well organized management, could make a nice half day date for leisure
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 February 2024
  • RoverP
    Inverness, United Kingdom740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The story of modern Singapore through art
    Two galleries tell the story of Singapore through paintings and a bit of photography. It is well worth spending some time to visit both to learn more about the history and also to appreciate some very skilful and beautiful art. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. Certainly the most helpful staff I have ever come across in an art gallery. There are also robot “guides” which whizz around and display information about the picture they move to, together with some audio information. There is much more than this in the gallery as a whole but the 2 main galleries are the core and all that would be of interest to us.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Oscarpepper
    Boston, Massachusetts104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Singapore National Gallery
    Great way to spend Sunday morning. The National Gallery Singapore is a worthwhile and fascinating visit, especially for foreigners with little knowledge of Singapore’s history. The building is beautiful and easy to navigate. Unfortunately, many galleries were closed due to construction, but the main galleries of Singapore’s history are open and excellent.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 February 2024
  • Anthony S
    Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Into Arts? Must visit Gallery in Singapore
    If you are into Arts, this Gallery in Singapore is not to be missed. Always fun to explore and see art pieces / exhibits. Spacious, Convenient and worth the time. If you are residing in Singapore, you can join under an Insider Membership so you’ll get first hand updates on upcoming events and can visit the Gallery anytime without extra charges other than the membership fee.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 February 2024
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large and Interesting
    I had underestimated this museum as it was very impressive. It is quite large and has a huge assortment of art. I found it quite interesting and was glad I went. It’s pretty close to the Asian Civilizations Museum so it’s easy to see both of them if you have the time.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2024
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Jeanne T
Singapore8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Beautiful heritage structure! I’ve been here a few times with family and by myself.

I really like that the museum is fun for all ages. My kid loves the keppel centre for arts and went there 3 times in a single day. There’s a lot to keep children occupied including a digital paintbrush, interactive displays and a reading corner. The area also seems clean, inviting with areas for busy parents to rest while their kids take off and explore! It was educational as well - one part of the kids’ area focuses on Indonesian artist Raden Saleh, who has a really interesting story as the first “modern” painter in Indonesia. His work is exhibited in the more “grown up” sections of the gallery.

I also really enjoyed the Gallery’s permanent displays including the Southeast Asian art in the UOB Gallery. The collection is impressive as it spans from colonial period to the present and you can really learn about the region’s history through the art. Fascinating!

Also side note, I think this is the only museum in Singapore with a covered shelter from the MRT station (I have been to many museums in the country!) I like that it’s accessible and super convenient on scorching hot or rainy days.
Written 8 July 2024
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Jessicas
Jakarta, Indonesia148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
A lot to explore. When I visited, the main exhibition was about Indonesian famous Artist: Raden Saleh. Amazing art collection. Some area was open for public. There was also a nice cafe to chill. We bought our tickets from klook, because it was cheaper, instant and easy to use. We bought it in front of the place to buy tickets, to make sure we bought the correct one. A good things to do in the city if you are somebody who appreciates art.
Written 2 June 2024
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mbutu2013
Melbourne, Australia43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Bloody lovely! Make sure you go! Perfect suffix to a morning in the gallery, you can even allow yourself a tiny bit of acceptable day drinking
Written 29 March 2024
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China925 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
They've done a great job retaining the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings and converting them into the National Gallery but unfortunately they have a very disappointing collection of art here. There's acres of unissued space. The Singapore Government should look at buying some world class art to make this a much more appealing destination and make better use of this wonderful space.

The above said, this is still worth a short visit if for nothing more than to see the old building and how they've converted it.
Written 20 March 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I had underestimated this museum as it was very impressive. It is quite large and has a huge assortment of art. I found it quite interesting and was glad I went. It’s pretty close to the Asian Civilizations Museum so it’s easy to see both of them if you have the time.
Written 11 March 2024
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Highroads Traveler
Philadelphia, PA947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a marvelous and free exhibit to capture the culture of Singapore in a beautifully restored, neoclassic double building of the Supreme Court and other government building, beautifully renovated to house, exhibit and art! Fun for adults and children, and a cocktail at the top on the roof where you can watch the cricket pitch across the street is an extra bonus.
Written 25 February 2024
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Anthony S
Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
If you are into Arts, this Gallery in Singapore is not to be missed. Always fun to explore and see art pieces / exhibits.

Spacious, Convenient and worth the time.

If you are residing in Singapore, you can join under an Insider Membership so you’ll get first hand updates on upcoming events and can visit the Gallery anytime without extra charges other than the membership fee.
Written 24 February 2024
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Oscarpepper
Boston, MA104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Great way to spend Sunday morning. The National Gallery Singapore is a worthwhile and fascinating visit, especially for foreigners with little knowledge of Singapore’s history. The building is beautiful and easy to navigate. Unfortunately, many galleries were closed due to construction, but the main galleries of Singapore’s history are open and excellent.
Written 9 February 2024
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RoverP
Inverness, UK740 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Two galleries tell the story of Singapore through paintings and a bit of photography. It is well worth spending some time to visit both to learn more about the history and also to appreciate some very skilful and beautiful art.

The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. Certainly the most helpful staff I have ever come across in an art gallery. There are also robot “guides” which whizz around and display information about the picture they move to, together with some audio information.

There is much more than this in the gallery as a whole but the 2 main galleries are the core and all that would be of interest to us.
Written 9 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

annielina
Houston, TX45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We went on open house Sunday and it was very peaceful, no crowds when everything is open for free. The museum is well kept with fee guided tours run by volunteers. Very rich in ASEAN and Asian arts, but collection obviously pale comparing to some European icons. If you go to the roof top, it has the best city view in town with no crowds and free. This museum with its architectural wonders and meticulous well organized management, could make a nice half day date for leisure
Written 4 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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