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The New Museum Open House @ City Hall and former Supreme Court buildings

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Preview tour organised by the wonderful folks at the National Art Gallery
Preview tour organised by the wonderful folks at the National Art Gallery

The National Art Gallery, Singapore will be holding a special event at the City Hall and former Supreme Court buildings from 9-10 October 2010 (this Sat and Sun). Titled The New Museum Open House, the event offers the public a rare glimpse into the buildings’ illustrious history and distinctive architecture. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the buildings as they are, before they are transformed into the new National Art Gallery.

The event will feature guided tours into various interesting spaces within these buildings, screenings of specially-curated Asian films in the historic City Hall Chambers, and amazing exhibition displays of the future National Art Gallery. There will also be a range of side activities – from flea markets, snack fairs, to interactive art activity corners for kids. Visitors will also stand to win attractive lucky draw prizes. Admission is free.

Sounds fun isn’t it? More details about the open house is available on the National Art Gallery’s official website.

Thanks to Walter, Kevin and the team at the National Art Gallery, I got to attend the preview tour a few weeks earlier. Below are some photos I took during the amazing heritage tour.

View from the balcony of the old Supreme Court
View from the balcony of the old Supreme Court
Magnificent skyscrapers
Magnificent skyscrapers
The majastic pillars on the balcony
The majastic pillars on the balcony
Rickety spiral stairs up to the dome
Rickety spiral stairs up to the dome
The structure is made of English steel
The structure is made of English steel
Told you the steel was from England
Told you the steel was from England
The spiral stairway was a little rickety
The spiral stairway was a little rickety
Finally reached the top - doesn't this look like a scene from Batman's Gotham City?
Finally reached the top - doesn't this look like a scene from Batman's Gotham City?
Interior of the old Supreme Court dome-shaped roof
Interior of the old Supreme Court dome-shaped roof
The interior of the dome - there were lots of bats flying around
The interior of the dome - there were lots of bats flying around
At the lobby area
At the lobby area
Yes, this is the Sir Shenton whom Shenton Way is now named after
Yes, this is the Sir Shenton whom Shenton Way is now named after
Building directory
Building directory
This black and white chequered design was very popular then
This black and white chequered design was very popular then
More chequered floor patterns
More chequered floor patterns
Birds and bats droppings
Birds and bats droppings
Judges' name roll
Judges' name roll
The old cafeteria level
The old cafeteria level
Old chandelier
Old chandelier
Court is in session?
Court is in session?
Inside the courtroom
Inside the courtroom
Still in the courtroom
Still in the courtroom
Old courtroom chairs and desks
Old courtroom chairs and desks
Bloggers milling around to take photos
Bloggers milling around to take photos
Translator buttons
Translator buttons
The Chief Justice's work desk, a piece of furniture that's marked for preservation
The Chief Justice's work desk, a piece of furniture that's marked for preservation
Antique cabinet
Antique cabinet
An interesting flying house emblem on the cabinet
An interesting flying house emblem on the cabinet
This other emblem looks like the NTU school crest
This other emblem looks like the NTU school crest
More antique furniture
More antique furniture
Direct passageway from the Chief Justice's office to his personal carpark
Direct passageway from the Chief Justice's office to his personal carpark
The Supreme Court library
The Supreme Court library
The roof top of the library is dome-shaped
The roof top of the library is dome-shaped
Old monitors
Old monitors
Antique VCR machines
Antique VCR machines
Grimly passageway leading to the holding cell
Grimly passageway leading to the holding cell
Down to the holding cells area
Down to the holding cells area
The guardhouse outside the prison cells
The guardhouse outside the prison cells
Singapore Prison Department Organisational Chart in 1997
Singapore Prison Department Organisational Chart in 1997
The Law Needs Proof
The Law Needs Proof
Noticeboard, first aid box and such, still intact in the guardhouse
Noticeboard, first aid box and such, still intact in the guardhouse
Newspaper clipping of Yong Pung How and Lee Kuan Yew
Newspaper clipping of Yong Pung How and Lee Kuan Yew
Area for the guards to check clear their firearms and to la kopi
Area for the guards to check clear their firearms and to la kopi
I presume this is the room whereby the accused meets his/her family members and lawyer
I presume this is the room whereby the accused meets his/her family members and lawyer
The sad-looking cells
The sad-looking cells
Antique chair outside one of the cells
Antique chair outside one of the cells
Cell S2
Cell S2
From the cell, looking out
From the cell, looking out
Grimly toilet
Grimly toilet
The toilet flushes are built outside the cells
The toilet flushes are built outside the cells
Carpark connected to the holding cells
Carpark connected to the holding cells
One of the open space in the old City Hall where the flea market will be held during the open house
One of the open space in the old City Hall where the flea market will be held during the open house
I remember there was a giant Google map like art installation here during one of the Singapore biennale
I remember there was a giant Google map like art installation here during one of the Singapore biennale
The Singapore Crest - our first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, was sworn to office in this room
The Singapore Crest - our first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, was sworn to office in this room

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