The Singapore Art Museum (Abbreviation: SAM) housed in a restored 19th century mission school, opened its doors in 1996 as the first fully dedicated visual arts museum in Singapore and is committed to creating meaningful encounters with art for all visitors, through their exhibitions, research, publications, public and educational outreach. Since then, SAM has built one of the world’s most important collections of contemporary art by artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia.
Drawing from its collection, the museum collaborates with international art museums to co-curate contemporary art exhibitions. Visitors can extend their SAM experience through exhibition-related education and public programmes such as tours, talks, workshops, special curator and artist tours, as well as downloadable activity sheets.
SAM was the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011, 2013 and 2016. SAM will continue to organise the next two editions in 2019 and 2022.
In 2019, SAM’s two museum sites – the former St. Joseph’s Institution on Bras Basah Road and Catholic High School on Queen Street, closed for a building redevelopment. With the aim to create an architectural landmark for contemporary art in Singapore, this major undertaking includes the preservation of the buildings’ heritage architecture, thoughtfully blending the old and the new. When SAM re-opens, visitors can look forward to an iconic museum space where the public can experience and engage with art.
During this period, SAM will continue to hold exhibitions and events at partner venues and spaces like the Regional Libraries of Tampines, Woodlands and Jurong.
The redevelopment is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), and Tote Board.
The Singapore Art Museum stores the largest collection of of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian artworks. The Singapore Art Museum was established with the objective of bringing forth and presenting the contemporary art practices of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. There are quite a few exhibitions here that would interest you. Not Against Interpretation – Untitled exhibition puts on display artwork from the National Heritage Board’s collection of drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures. Other exhibitions worth taking a look at include Singapore Biennale – If The World Changed and In/sight.
Opening Closing Time Mondays to Sundays – 10 am to 7 pm | Fridays – 10 am to 9 pm
Entrance Fee Adult $10 | Student, Senior Citizen 60 years and above, and Regular (with valid 11 B pass) $5 | Free admission every Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Open House days
Address 8 Queen St, Singapore 189555
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