Take in the region’s largest public collection of contemporary Singapore and Southeast Asian art in an awe-inspiring space.
The Singapore Art Museum focuses on contemporary art practice in Singapore and Southeast Asia. It advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice.
Opened in January 1996, the Singapore Art Museum has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region.
Exhibitions change every few months and feature a wide range of art forms, from paintings and sculptures to installation art and moving media. SAM also regularly collaborates with leading international museums to present shows covering both local and international art practices, as well as cutting edge art expressions.
A National Monument
Housed in a restored 19th-century mission school, St Joseph’s Institute, SAM has more to offer than just art. Architecture lovers will have a field day too, exploring the carefully conserved building which was established in 1867. The original details of the building structure have been retained as much as possible, including the plasterwork of the façade at the main entrance, the roof patina, and floor tiles, while keeping in mind the stringent requirements of an art museum.
After a day of art appreciation, relax at any of our five cafes and restaurants at Singapore Art Museum and SAM at 8Q.