5 reasons to visit the new National Gallery Singapore

Here's what you can look forward to at Singapore's gigantic new art space

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

Inside the National Gallery Singapore

Inside the National Gallery Singapore

With its 64,000m2 area, the National Gallery Singapore offers more than the usual exhibitions and lectures. They’ve created a cultural center where even the non-artsy can find something to learn and love.

Design

Housed in the City Hall and former Supreme Court, the museum’s new design integrates modern architecture while honoring the buildings’ iconic look. A metal and glass canopy makes a stylish sunlit rooftop promenade, while at night, there’s a delightful audiovisual projection on the façade.

Festivities

The opening weekend outdoor art fest (November 27 to 29) is filled with activities and performances at the Padang. It continues indoors with talks, installations, screenings and more. Entrance is free from November 24 to December 6!

Exhibitions

There are two permanent displays at the DBS Singapore Gallery and UOB Southeast Asia Gallery. Both draw largely from the 8,000-strong National Collection.

Education

Besides classes, seminars, and screenings, the Gallery houses the Keppel Centre for Art Education, where kids learn about art through multisensory activities, workshops and play.

Leisure

Restaurants, cafes and bars dot the Roof Terrace, so visitors can attend events, stay refreshed and enjoy the view. Browse the museum shop and take home souvenirs.

1 St. Andrew’s Rd; +65 6271 7000; www.nationalgallery.sg

Also read: Touring the new national gallery Singapore

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Zane Ronquillo

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