Museum and Gallery Guide

NUS Museum

Events - 24 February 2010 3:04 PM | Updated 09 June 2010

NUS Museum

NUS Museum  

University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119279

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am – 7.30pm. Sunday 10am – 6pm. Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.

Admission: Free; guided tours Tuesday to Fridays by appointment, Saturdays 2pm to 3pm for selected exhibitions only.

Telephone: 6516-8817


Directions: By public transportation – take MRT to Clementi station; take public buses, stop at Clementi Road or Kent Ridge Crescent. By car – exit AYE at Clementi Road.


Filled with a treasure trove of Asian art and cultural artefacts, the NUS Museum at the National University of Singapore was established in 1997. 

In 2004, the Museum came under the purview of The NUS Centre for the Arts (CFA) and through strategic acquisitions, exhibitions and research, set out to create an enriching experience of the social history and the art of Asia.

There are some 7,000 objects in the museum’s collection, and its galleries cover both historical and contemporary periods of art.

There is the Chinese art collection displayed at the Lee Kong Chian Art Museum, at the Lobby level, featuring 7,000 years of rich Chinese culture through a spectacular collection of ceramics, paints, calligraphy, jade and bronzes.

Spanning the Neolithic period to the early 20th century, the collection provides a glimpse into the art and cultural history of one of the world's greatest civilisations.



The South and Southeast Asian Gallery, at the concourse level, displays a collection that narrates how spices, trade, languages and religions influenced art in the region.

This started as a teaching collection by the then University of Malaya in 1955. The collection grew under the scholarship and curatorial guidance of art historians like Michael Sullivan and William Willetts.

The Ng Eng Teng Gallery at the top floor is named after one of Singapore's foremost sculptors and features a comprehensive and unique collection of his artworks.

Best known for his sculptural pieces featuring humanist themes, the collection documents the artist's development, artistic activity and versatility over a span of forty years and was established from generous donations by the artist himself of 1099 works since July 1997.

Last but not least, the NX Gallery is a contemporary art venue that has changing exhibits showcasing new artistic trends that have surfaced around the region.