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“Waste of Time”

National Gallery Singapore
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National Gallery Singapore Admission
Ranked #40 of 906 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Situated in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District, National Gallery Singapore oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Southeast Asia. Housed in two beautifully restored national monuments – City Hall and former Supreme Court – are impeccably curated exhibitions that reveal the region’s cultural legacy and art histories. Come visit the Gallery today and discover Singapore and Southeast Asia’s rich heritage through stunning modern art masterpieces.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Reviewed 22 April 2017

It's like going to the Colosseum, only to find the contents of the Louvre being dumped into it, in a badly patched up interior. You have trivialized what the two buildings meant to Singapore's history

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Nor H
Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We are disappointed that you feel this way about your visit and hope that we might perhaps change your mind in the future. Thank you.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Loved the South-East Asian and Singapore collection. The descriptions next to the artworks were good.
When I went, the Gallery also had the Colonial Legacies collection from Tate Britain. It is worth catching if it ever comes again to the National Gallery. The collection essentially demonstrated how colonialism was interpreted by artists through the ages.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Swathi B
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our collections.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Many cities in the former British Empire have old courts and town halls have that have been refurbished for other uses. But I have never seen a renovation of a colonial building that so convincingly preserves the old buildings while audaciously giving them a new purpose. The art is wonderful and much of it also explores the relationship between the old colonial government and the new modern Singapore. I recommend a drink at the rooftop bar while you gaze across the old cricket clubs and the padang to the new vibrant Marina Bay and modern Singapore.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear MatthewMusing
Thank you for visiting and writing this review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the building and our exhibitions. Thank you.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

The art work is fabulous, and changes with various exhibitions on from time to time. But the real star of the show is the amazing architecture to link the old Court House and City Hall buildings. Definetly take one of the guided tours to orientate yourself and learn a bit of the history. You need to give yourself at least half a day here for a look around. And there's some excellent choices of restaurants for lunch.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Trivinator
Thank you for your review. You visited us in Dec 2016...and we hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again soon.

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit old city hall and old Supreme Court are now the National Gallery of Singapore. They have done an out standing renovation to blend the new with the old.

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NationalGallery_Sg, The Visitor Experience Team at National Gallery Singapore, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Frank M
Thank you for your review.

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