Tours

Back-of-House Tour: "Former Supreme Court: Unseen, Unheard"

More slots released now for Nov & Dec 2020. Do reserve early!

This exclusive tour offers a glimpse into restricted areas of the former Supreme Court, usually out of bounds to the public. Go behind-the-scenes and find out more about courtroom proceedings and the experience of persons on trial as you:

Traverse a network of hidden passageways

Climb through a trapdoor into the prisoner’s dock

Gain access to the Viewing Gallery where members of the public used to sit during court hearings

Discover stories of some of the highest-profile cases in Singapore’s history since 1939, tried in these very courtrooms

Building Highlights 建筑特点

The Gallery is housed in two national monuments—City Hall and former Supreme Court—which have stood witness to many of the Singapore’s historic moments. Learn more about the decade-long renovation that united and transformed these majestic buildings into a home for the arts, and explore the rich histories of the site.

DBS Singapore Gallery Highlights 星展新加坡展厅

"Siapa Nama Kamu?" means "What is your name?" The inaugural exhibition of the DBS Singapore Gallery poses this question, inviting visitors to consider how art may relate to issues of self and community, and what it means to look at Singapore through its art.

UOB Southeast Asia Gallery Highlights 大华东南亚展厅

Housed in the former Supreme Court building, the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery presents over 300 artworks that trace the shared artistic impulses across Southeast Asia. Starting in the mid-19th century, the exhibition navigates the art history of Southeast Asia as one that is characterized by a continuous encounter with the new as the regions artists negotiated the meaning of art and sought to reinvent vernacular expressions and aesthetics.

Presented in a largely chronological sequence and punctuated by key turning points in artistic sensibilities, the exhibition also identifies how art is inseparably linked to the region’s tumultuous social and political history.

Highlights of the Gallery 建筑历史与常展精选  

Get a glimpse of the best that the Gallery has to offer on this sweeping tour. Our docents will introduce you to key architectural features of our historic buildings, as well as selected masterpieces from our long-term exhibitions on the art of Singapore and Southeast Asia.

School Self-Guided Tour



School Self-Guided Tour For 15 pax and below only.

Proposals for Novel Ways of Being 《关于新颖的生存方式的提案》

How can art imagine new possibilities for the future and inspire hope during these times? In this tour, docents will introduce artworks that meditate on the current state of affairs and notions of care-taking in a world altered by COVID-19. An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season and Time Passes are two exhibitions part of the art initiative Proposals for Novel Ways of Being, which rallies local artists and cultural workers to explore ways of living in a world changed by the pandemic.

Georgette Chen: At Home in the World 此心安处:张荔英艺术展

Learn more about Chen and her practice with our docents. This tour will reveal more about her exceptional life experiences as a professional artist living and working all over the globe.

An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season Tour with Curator Syaheedah Iskandar

Join National Gallery Singapore’s guest curator, Syaheedah Iskandar, as she shares more on the artistic process behind selected artworks in a virtual walk-through of An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season, an exhibition from the initiative Proposals for Novel Ways of Being. This programme will be conducted over Zoom.

Friday 11 December 2020, 7pm-8.30pm

咖啡、茶与当代艺术在线 | 特别嘉宾陈之财 Kopi, Teh and Contemporary Art Online, with artiste Edmund Chen

In this special edition of Kopi, Teh and Contemporary Art, artiste Edmund Chen will take you on a virtual tour conducted in Mandarin of selected artworks in the exhibition, Time Passes. Participate in a quiz at the end of this tour for a chance to win prizes from Killiney Kopitiam! This programme is suitable for the young at heart, aged 50 and above, and will be conducted over Zoom.

Kopi and teh courtesy of Killiney Kopitiam.

Thursday 10 December 2020, 3pm-4.30pm
Conducted in Mandarin

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