71 Bras Basah Rd
189555 Singapore, Singapore
tel: +65 6332 3222
fax: +65 6336 5361
Free guided tours in English Mon 2pm, Tues-Thurs 11am and 2pm, with additional tours Fri at 7pm and Sat-Sun at 3:30pm
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.