Singapore Art Museum
Singapore Art Museum © ProjectManhattan.
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is housed in a beautifully restored building (formerly St Joseph's School for Boys) which stands serenely on Bras Basah Road. The old colonial building contrasts pleasantly with the wide selection of contemporary and pop art. The museum showcases the national art collection and plays host to a range of special exhibitions and outreach programmes. More than 7,000 artworks represent the largest collection of 20th-century Southeast Asian art in the world, but most of the exhibitions at SAM are temporary and the museum changes drastically every few months which makes it supremely revisitable. Tours with knowledgeable volunteers are available in English, Japanese and Mandarin. The Singapore Art Museum is actually a very good rainy-day attraction for those travelling with kids in Singapore as the museum has a large interactive section dedicated to children. There is also a pleasant cafe at the museum for refreshments, and a fantastic museum shop selling all sorts of merchandise that will excite lovers of design.
Note: SAM is closed for renovations until 2021. Art lovers can check the museum's website for details about offsite exhibitions.
Address: 71 Bras Basah Road
Transport: Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut (N1) or City Hall Station (C2). SBS bus 7, 14, 16, 36, 97, 131 or 162