71 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore
NileGuide Expert tip:
Visit the SAM on a Friday evening between 6pm and 9pm, when entrance is free.
The Singapore Art Museum houses the world's largest public collection of modern and contemporary South-East Asian art. With over 7,000 Singapore and South-East Asian artworks, the collection includes paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs.
The collections are split between two closely located buildings. The main collection is housed in a grand 19th century building, formerly the home of a Catholic all-boys mission school, boasting high ceilings, inner courtyards and trickling fountains. Its permanent collection is displayed on a rotational basis so you should always find something new to admire, and the remainder of the 18 galleries are used to showcase travelling exhibitions.
Across the road is the newer 8Q SAM, which focuses more on experimental art forms. Its changing exhibitions encompass all forms of contemporary art - ranging from painting and sculpture, to installation, film & video, photography, new media, performance art and sound art. The dedicated Children's Gallery on the ground floor displays artworks from the permanent collection which are particularly suited to children.