Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum at Bras Basah Road is housed in a beautifully restored school building (the former St. Joseph's Institution). The museum has 13 galleries and is home to the national.

Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is a contemporary art museum which focuses on art-making and art thinking in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia, encompassing a worldwide perspective on contemporary art practice. SAM advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice. Since it opened in January 1996, SAM has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space in Singapore through exhibitions and public programmes, and to deepen every visitor’s experience. These include outreach and education, research and publications, as well as cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges.

SAM occupies two buildings: the old St Joseph’s Institution on Bras Basah Road, built in 1855 and now a National Monument; and SAM at 8Q, a conservation building across the road on Queen Street that was the old Catholic High.

In 2011, SAM was the venue organiser of the Singapore Biennale, becoming the main organiser in 2013. SAM was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 13 November 2013, operating under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. It is no longer part of the National Heritage Board. To find out more, visit

Continue reading to find out details about SAM and their current exhibitions!

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One of the installations at the Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas exhibit at the Singapore Art Museum.

Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, symbolising a young nation on the rise and its capacity to dream big and think large. It focuses on themes of adventure, discovery, new possibilities and ‘Big Ideas’. This exhibition runs from 14th March 2015 to 19th July 2015

Singapore Art Museum

Nguan – Untitled, artwork from the ‘Once Upon This Island’ exhibit.

Once Upon This Island explores the stories and the lives that surround us on this island-nation. The exhibition presents a series of contemporary works by Singapore artists that navigate ideas of home, community, identity and memories, to coincide with Singapore Jubilee celebrations in 2015. This exhibition opens on 7 November 2014.

Singapore Art Museum

MA-NA-VA-REH by Anurendra Jegadeva – Love, Loss and Pre-Nuptials in the Time of the Big Debate 2012-2014, After Utopia exhibit at SAM.

After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art is Singapore Art Museum’s latest exhibition that examines humanity’s eternal yearning for a better world. This exhibition runs from the 1 May 2015 – 18 October 2015

Singapore Art Musuem

Singapore Art Musuem

Visitor Information

Open: 10am – 7pm (Mon – Sun), 10am – 9pm (Extended opening hours on Friday only)

Admission: SGD 3 adults, SGD 1.50 children (6 – 16 years) and seniors
SGD 8 Family ticket (max 5 members)
Prices may change where there are special exhibitions.
Free admission on late nights every Friday 6pm to 9pm.

Guided Tours:

Tours in English at 11am and 2pm (Tue to Fri) with additional tours at 2pm on Monday and at 3.30pm on Sat and Sun.
Tours in Japanese at 10.30am (Tue to Fri).

Tours in Mandarin at 2.30pm (Sat and every 1st Sunday of the month).

Approximate Touring Time: 45 mins


71 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189555
(65) 6332 3222
(65) 6334 7919

Getting There:

Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut (NS24) or City Hall Station (NS25/EW13) and walk towards Bras Basah Road.

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