Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

National Museum of Singapore,
Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2
10am – 6pm

From the collection of the world renowned Musée d’Orsay, over 140 Salon, Realists, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists paintings, photographs and drawings from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century will specially tour to Singapore this year. Titled Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the exhibition explores the reaction of man towards modernity at the turn of the century from 1848 to 1914. The changing social and industrial landscapes of Paris in early modernity forced artists and photographers to rethink their approach to the visual world around them. Their varied responses generated new ways of depicting reality and a proliferation of styles.

Highlights of the exhibition include Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players,  Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Alexandre Cabanel’s The Birth of Venus. Many other key works by forerunners of modern art such as Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Jean-François Millet as well as female Impressionists Berthe Morisot, Marie Bracquemond and Eva Gonzalès will also be showcased. A portrait of Georges Clemenceau by Édouard Manet will travel exclusively to Singapore.

Ticketing Information

Prices listed here are inclusive of SISTIC booking fees.
Tickets are priced can be purchased HERE, online at http://www.sistic.com.sg/, or by calling the SISTIC hotline at (65) 63485555 or at any SISTIC counter islandwide

FREE ADMISSION for the last 3 days of the exhibition from Fri 3 Feb - Sun 5 Feb, opening hours are also extended from 10am-8pm.


Senior (Tourists 60 years and above)
NSF (with valid 11B pass)
HSBC Credit Card Holders
NHB Museum Pass Holders
Child(6 years and under)
Senior Citizen (Singaporean and 
Permanent Resident 60 years and above)
Student (with valid student pass)

Discount-priced tickets and complementary tickets are only available at NMS Visitor Services Counter, except for HSBC Credit Card Holders.


Learn more about the history of art from our distinguished speakers, from learning about the Modern Legacy of Post-impressionism or discussing Claude Moent's masterpieces, there is always a lecture for every level of art enthusiast out there. You can view the full list of films here.

Catch Partie de campagne / A Day in the Country & Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe / Lunch on the Grass on Dec 13, part of our Cinematheque's World Cinema Series! More information here.


English (from 31 Oct 2011) Monday to Sunday - 11.30am & 2.30pm
Mandarin (from 5 Nov 2011) Saturdays & Sundays - 3.30pm
Japanese (from 1 Nov 2011) Tuesday to Saturday - 1pm

Limited to 15 participants per session on a first-come, first-served basis.
Duration: 60 mins
Meeting point: Exhibition Galleries, Basement
*Admission fee to the exhibition applies. Please purchase admission tickets at the Stamford Visitor Services Counter, Level 1, prior to the tour.

Guided tours are subject to the availability of volunteer guides

Please contact General Enquiries at 63325642 for more details.


Dreams & Reality: A Curator’s Tour
by Szan Tan
Fri 11 Nov & Fri 2 Dec 2011 | 7.30pm
Wed 23 Nov 2011 & 11 Jan 2012 | 7.30pm
Duration: 90 minutes
Meeting point: Exhibition Galleries, Basement
The Curator's Tours have all been sold out

Catch a glimpse of the epoch of change in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries through paintings, drawings and photographs from world renowned Musée d’Orsay. Join the exhibition curator, Szan Tan, as she takes you through this exhibition that examines the reaction of man towards modernity at the turn of the century.

INTERACTIVE TOURS (For children 9 to 14 years old only).

Dreams & Reality: An Interactive Tour for Children
Sat 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 19 Nov, 3 Dec & 17 Dec 2011 | 10.30am & 1.30pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Meeting point: Exhibition Galleries, Basement

S$12 per child* (includes exhibition admission and handling fees)
Limited to 25 participants per session
*Exhibition fee applies to accompanying adults separately.

Join master painter Vincent van Gogh on a journey where he gets inspired by two colourful characters in his quest to perfect his work. Through dramatised performance, fun activities and lots of interaction with the characters, participants will enjoy discovering more about the paintings, drawings and photographs featured in the exhibition of Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

We are still open for gruoup booking of 25 pax or more. For more infomation do contact our staff at 6332 4557 / 6332 3669 or at nhb_nm_schools@nhb.gov.sg


Private group tours in English can be arranged for up to 15 participants per session at S$150, subject to the availability of guides. Please email to nhb_nm_hospitality@nhb.gov.sg for details.

Reservations for all private yours will have to be one month in advance and are not available on weekends.

Family Time

Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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