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In Singapore, art is more than what meets the eye. Galleries and museums here are not just places to be inspired, but also homes to distinctive memorabilia that you can collect. Curate well-designed pieces that reflect your personality, take home an art-inspired keepsake and keep it as a remembrance of your time on our island. The retail experiences that Singapore offers span far beyond the average mall.
Buy independent art
The burgeoning art scene in Singapore invites you to collect a diverse range of locally designed memorabilia that will appeal to your interests and passions.
Singapore Tyler Print Institute
Collect a cutting-edge print art at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI). STPI is a space for experimentation in the mediums of print and paper. The institute collaborates with established and emerging artists to create contemporary, often evocative pieces. Walk through the gallery and join other art lovers in developing an appreciation for print and paper art practice.
Inspired by the gallery walls? The Corner Shop @ STPI allows you to own a piece of the work produced by artists at the in-gallery workshops.
Express your personal style when you decorate your living space with the works of homegrown artist Hong Zhu An. This recipient of Singapore’s Cultural Medallion has had his works showcased by art institutions such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Princeton University Museum in New York and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Singapore Tyler Print Institute. 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236. +65 6336 3663.
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-6pm.
Red Dot Design Museum
If you're a lover of pretty things and design in general, then this Instagram-worthy venue should be at the top of your list. From lightings to parasols, the Red Dot Design Museum is home to more than 1,000 items and products from over 50 countries that have been recognised for their remarkable design. Head to the Design Museum Shop where the design-conscious can collect unique Singapore memorabilia like handmade paper-quilled home decor and artisan jewellery.
Red Dot Design Museum. 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940. +65 6514 0111.
Built in 1936 as a British military encampment, Gillman Barracks is now a rambling art outpost with more than ten galleries. Browse through Supermama, a gallery shop that has engaged over 100 local designers. Pore over Singapore-inspired wares, authentic souvenirs and design pieces that feature our heritage and Singapore icons. Learn about our lively city state through the collection and take home your own Singapore experience through a locally-inspired art piece.
Supermama, Gillman Barracks. 47 Malan Road #01-26, Singapore 109444.
Mon-Thu by appointment; Fri-Sun noon-6pm.
World class souvenirs in Singapore
Singapore is home to world famous exhibitions tours. Enjoy the perks of being in an international city and shop for famous exhibition-specific pieces.
National Gallery Singapore
The iconic National Gallery Singapore (NGS) occupies two major landmarks—the former Supreme Court and City Hall—and features over 8,000 artworks, which is the largest public display of modern Southeast Asian art. It is also a home to a host of international exhibitions, such as the 2017 blockbuster exhibition—Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow.
Step into the official museum store Gallery & Co. for exclusive merchandise from homegrown and international designers. Catch a glimpse of current and past exhibitions through exhibition-inspired merchandise, which includes bags and socks inspired by Kusama’s favourite pumpkin motif. Gallery & Co. gives you the opportunity to own a keepsake of iconic exhibitions that have inspired the world and will be remembered for years to come. The store also offers a curated retail experience spanning across books, design collectibles and prints, homeware, fashion, and children’s products inspired by Southeast Asian art.
National Gallery Singapore. 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957. +65 6271 7000.
Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-9pm
Fusing art and science, the 21 gallery spaces of the ArtScience Museum™ at Marina Bay Sands® has previously displayed famous exhibitions from all over the world from Da Vinci: Shaping the Future to The Deep, which featured a collection of over 40 weird and wonderful deep-sea animals to Human + The Future of Our Species, an exploration of human in a world of artificial intelligence. Head over to The Museum Shop for exhibition-inspired memorabilia and own a keepsake of the world’s most iconic exhibitions.
ArtScience Museum™. 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974. +65 6688 8888.
Step into exhibitions that feature curious knickknacks from the past and take a piece of quirky memorabilia back with you.
MINT Museum of Toys
This quirky museum's marvellous collection of old-school toys is guaranteed to bring back a good dose of nostalgia. Catch Astro Boy, Popeye, and Tintin, and have a blast spotting your favourite characters from a bygone era. Wander around the MINT Shop, which sells a wide collection of replica vintage tin-toys, local traditional games, museum merchandise and contemporary toys and items.
MINT Museum of Toys. 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382. +65 6339 0660.
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Fascinated by stamps? The Singapore Philatelic Museum features postage stamps dating all the way back from the 1830s. Enjoy this vibrant museum’s in-depth presentation of local and international postal history. Send Singapore-inspired postcards or collect miniature post-boxes from Singapore and around the world. Captivating mementos can be had at the museum store, which will make quirky decorations for your home or office.
Singapore Philatelic Museum. 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807. +65 6337 3888.
Go beyond the typical tacky magnet souvenirs and collect specially produced merchandise that encapsulate Singaporean culture.
The Peranakan Museum
The Peranakan Museum is the go-to destination for Peranakan heritage and culture. Dedicated to Singapore’s Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage, it houses what is reputedly the world’s finest collection of Peranakan artefacts.
While you can’t take the Peranakan Museum home, you can take away the best of all things Peranakan just by visiting the charming True Blue Shoppe, located near the entrance of the Peranakan Museum. Be spoilt with a selection of traditional sarongs (traditional skirt made from wrapping a long fabric), fine antique jewellery and porcelain in the vibrant hues that the Peranakans are famous for. Whichever your choice, bring home a piece of Singapore’s cultural heritage as a memorabilia of your time here.
The Peranakan Museum. 39 Armenian Street, Singapore179941. +65 6332 7591.
Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-9pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Marvel at intriguing artefacts from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Then step into Museum Label, a retail space that gives life to Singapore’s multicultural heritage through curated merchandise. Opt for a Singapore River inspired set of ceramic plates or pick up a shawl decorated with bright Indian textile motifs. These pay homage to Singapore’s rich tapestry of cultures and can become tokens for you to remember our island by.
Asian Civilisations Museum. 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555. +65 6332 7798.
Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-9pm.