Tours

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

Highlights of Suddenly Turning Visible

Discover the lesser-known links between art and architecture and the role of institutions in the development of art in the region in this highlights tour of Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia (1969–1989).

Proposals for Novel Ways of Being

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.

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