Friday, February 12, 2016

Exploring Little Red Dot: National Gallery Singapore

Grand as it seems, all Singaporeans should feel proud of this art and history gallery which was officially opened to the public in November 2015. If you love museum-hopping, or immersing yourself in some air of solitude, walking down (marbled) empty corridors with high ceilings, you are in for a treat when you visit this building.

Besides the different exhibitions, the greatest piece of art is the building itself. Some exhibitions can be a little abstract, but most are thought-provoking and just by glancing at the masterpiece, you get a glimpse into the artist's state of mind right at the moment when creating it. That's the mind-blowing part of it that fascinates me the most whenever I visit museums. The exhibitions are usually there all-year round, with some seasonal new exhibitions.

If you think the National Gallery is similar to the other museums in Singapore, and there's no need to visit it, you are wrong. I always correlate museum-visiting with the entire experience you get out of it, not just the physical exhibitions that you see. For me, by just walking through the National Gallery during lunch time and embracing the atmosphere itself, is a therapeutic, calming and humbling experience.

It took me exactly two visits (each of around 3 hours) to fully explore three-quarter of the gallery, so if you are planning on conquering the gallery in a day, you've got to start early in the morning. Have I also mentioned that the gallery is humongously huge? One should never ever wear high heels or platforms to the gallery. NEVER. Imagine the nuisance you will create when click-clocking through the corridors and the wooden floors, not to mention your aching feet.

On top of appreciating art, history and architecture, you can take a glimpse into the prison-cells which were remained from the past when the building used to be the Supreme Court where prisoners attend their trials.

If you are heading there at night, proceed to the rooftop garden for a bird's eye view of the padang, Singapore flyer, Esplanade and many other iconic buildings in Singapore.

Best thing, you won't have to fork out a single cent, like all other general musuems in Singapore, if you are a Singaporean or PR. A fee of $20 is applicable for non-Singaporeans.

National Gallery Singapore
1 St. Andrew's Road, Singapore (178957)
Sun-Thurs, Public Holidays: 10am-7pm
Fri-Sat, Eve of Public Holidays: 10am-10pm

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