Known for its huge collection of the world's largest public display of modern Southeast Asian art, National Gallery Singapore is one of Singapore's most prestigious museums. The Gallery occupies two refurbished national monuments, the former Supreme Court and City Hall, completed in 1939 and 1929 respectively.
History: The Supreme Court and City Hall (formerly the Municipal Building), have borne witness to various historical events since their inception, including the surrender of the Japanese forces on September 1945 and the inauguration of Yusof Bin Ishak as Singapore's first head of State on December 1959.
In 2005, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the buildings would be converted into the new National Gallery Singapore. Helmed by Studio Milou Architecture from France in collaboration with CPG Consultants Pte Ltd, the restoration commenced in 2012 and was completed three years later.
Interesting fact: Prior to the restoration, two archaeological digs were held on the site of the National Gallery Singapore, uncovering artefacts from the 14th to the 19th centuries. This shed light on the rich trade networks and livelihoods of the past.