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Museums & Art Galleries

ArtScience Museum

Since its opening in 2011, the ArtScience Museum™—with its eye-catching lotus inspired design—has become an icon of the Singapore skyline. Located at Marina Bay Sands® in Marina Bay, the iconic structure, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, has been called the “welcoming hand of Singapore” as its design comprises ten ‘fingers’—the tallest being 60 metres above ground. The tip of each ‘finger’ allows natural light to filter into gallery spaces. The museum boasts a total of 21 galleries spread over three storeys. Its permanent exhibition, Future World: Where Art Meets Science, has a 1,500sqm digital universe of interactive
art installations. The museum features exhibitions that fuse art, science, design and technology, and has hosted Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction, and Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990–2005.

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Tel: +65 6688 8826, Opening Hours: Mon–Sun 10am–7pm,
Nearest MRT: Bayfront Station

 

National Gallery Singapore

Spanning 64,000sqm, National Gallery Singapore in the heart of the Civic District is a state-of-the-art facility with an impressive collection of local and Southeast Asian artists. Two national monuments—the City Hall and former Supreme Court—were remodeled to create this stunning gallery. It is the biggest visual arts venue in Singapore housing the world’s largest public collection of modern Southeast Asian art from the 19th century to the present. Visitors can see works by Singaporean artists such as Georgette Chen, known as one of the pioneers of the Nanyang school of painting, and Cheong Soo Pieng, whose best-known piece Drying Salted Fish appears on the back of S$50 bills. Its esteemed Southeast Asian catalogue carries names such as Indonesian Romantic painter Raden Saleh and Fernando Amorsolo from the Philippines, who is famous for his paintings of rural landscapes. The gallery has various spaces that are perfect for visitors travelling with children. These include Art Playscape, which has a play area that looks like a magical forest, and Project Gallery for hands-on activities. Complimentary hour-long tours for up to 20 people in English and Mandarin are held daily for various exhibitions.

Address: 1 St Andrew’s Road, Tel: +65 6271 7000, Opening Hours: Sun–Thu & Public Holidays 10am–7pm; Fri–Sat & Eve of Public Holidays 10am–10pm, Nearest MRT: City Hall Station

 

Singapore Art Museum

Housed in a national monument that was once St Joseph’s Institution, a boys’ mission school, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) specialises in contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia. Since its opening in 1996, it has showcased a variety of paintings, sculptures and art installations by local and international artists.

Address: 71 Bras Basah Road, Tel: +65 6589 9550,
Opening Hours: Mon–Thu, Sat & Sun 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-9pm, Nearest MRT: Bras Basah Station

 

National Museum

Fully constructed in 1887 and located within the Bras Basah / Bugis cultural precinct, the National Museum is the country’s oldest museum with a progressive mind. Its galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture
to redefine the conventional museum experience. A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round—the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances
and film screenings—in addition to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions involving critically important collections of artifacts. Visitors can immerse themselves in exhibitions that detail national history and culture. A great starting point is the Singapore History
Gallery, which maps the country’s growth from 700 years ago to the modern city state it is today.

Address: 93 Stamford Road, Tel: +65 6332 3659, Opening Hours: Mon–Sun 10am–7pm,
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah Station / Dhoby Ghaut Station / Bencoolen Station

 

Asian Civilisations Museum

The Asian Civilisations Museum, located in the historic Empress Place building close to Boat Quay, is committed to preserving Singapore and Asia’s cultural heritage. The neoclassical building has over three levels of gallery space, a museum shop and dining options. Visitors will be exposed to art and artefacts from China, India, the Islamic world and parts of Southeast Asia. The museum’s collections draw historical connections between different cultures, and includes objects d’art related to ancient trade routes and Tang dynasty shipwrecks. In addition to permanent galleries, special exhibitions showcase relics from museums and institutions across the globe. Bulk purchases of 20 or more adult tickets receive 20% off the admission fees. Advanced booking is required for all
group visits with more than 20 people. Guided tours are available in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish.

Address: 1 Empress Place, Tel: +65 6332 7798, Opening Hours: Mon–Thu, Sat & Sun 10am–7pm; Fri 10am–9pm, Nearest MRT: Raffles Place Station

 

Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum has ten permanent galleries spread over three floors and houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts, such as jewellery, textiles and furniture. The museum also reveals the rich heritage, practices and traditions of the Peranakan community (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage). Special exhibitions highlighting various aspects of Peranakan culture are held periodically. The museum building was constructed in 1912 and previously housed Tao Nan School, one of the region’s first modern Hokkien (Chinese dialect group) schools set up in the Straits Settlements. Free one-hour guided tours of the permanent galleries are held in English, Mandarin, Japanese and French on selected days. Private tours can be arranged at a fee. Groups 20 pax and larger can enjoy a 20% discount on group bookings and bookings must be made in advance. Charges apply for special exhibitions; enquire for other promotions.

Address: 1 Empress Place, Tel: +65 6332 7591, Opening Hours: Mon–Thu, Sat & Sun 10am–7pm; Fri 10am–9pm, Nearest MRT: City Hall Station / Bras Basah Station

 

Gillman Barracks

The history of Gillman Barracks is tied to the island’s colonial past. It was built in 1936 for the British 1st Battalion and was named after General Sir Webb Gillman. During World War II, it was one of the final battle sites before Singapore fell into the hands of the
Japanese troops. After the country’s independence in 1965, the site became prime training ground for Singapore’s national servicemen. Only in 2012 was the area transformed into an enclave of contemporary art. Visitors will find 12 international galleries such as Sundaram Tagore Gallery (sundaramtagore.com) and Ota Fine Arts alongside homegrown outfits like FOST Gallery (fostgallery.com). There are also several dining options like Masons for European cuisine and Creamier (creamier.com.sg) for ice cream and coffee. Galleries open past their usual hours during the Art After Dark event, which features live music and pop-up food stalls.

Address: 9 Lock Road, Opening Hours: Varies per gallery. All galleries closed on Mon and Public Holidays, Nearest MRT: Labrador Park Station

Gillman Barracks

The history of Gillman Barracks is tied to the island’s colonial past. It was built in 1936 for the British 1st Battalion and was named after General Sir Webb Gillman. During World War II, it was one of the final battle sites before Singapore fell into the hands of the
Japanese troops. After the country’s independence in 1965, the site became prime training ground for Singapore’s national servicemen. Only in 2012 was the area transformed into an enclave of contemporary art. Visitors will find 12 international galleries such as Sundaram Tagore Gallery (sundaramtagore.com) and Ota Fine Arts alongside homegrown outfits like FOST Gallery (fostgallery.com). There are also several dining options like Masons for European cuisine and Creamier (creamier.com.sg) for ice cream and coffee. Galleries open past their usual hours during the Art After Dark event, which features live music and pop-up food stalls.

Address: 9 Lock Road, Opening Hours: Varies per gallery. All galleries closed on Mon and Public Holidays, Nearest MRT: Labrador Park Station

 

Mint Museum of Toys

Located in the Bras Basah / Bugis district the MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys is the world’s
first museum dedicated to toys and has Asia’s largest collection of over 50,000 pieces of vintage playthings and items, originating from more than 40 countries. Its key collections include Batman, Dan Dare and Japanese character toys. Walking through four
themed floors—namely Outerspace, Characters, Childhood Favourites and Collectables—visitors will be fascinated by confectionery tin cans, enamel advertising signs and the largest teddy bear collection in Southeast Asia. It has a 1920s-inspired restaurant in the basement, and its rooftop bar offers views of iconic buildings such as Raffles Hotel and the National Library. A free guided tour for a minimum of four people is held every Wednesday at 3.30pm. Requests for guided tours for more than eight people should be sent to the museum at least two days in advance. Special rates for travel agents and groups are available upon request.

Address: 26 Seah Street, Tel: +65 6339 0660, Opening Hours: Mon–Sun 9.30am–6.30pm,
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah Station / Bugis Station / City Hall Station / Esplanade Station