Singapore City Art Galleries

(Singapore City, Republic of Singapore)

Image of the Merlion waterfrontThose looking for art and culture in Singapore will find a number of galleries on offer, including both museums with collections of art, and commercial shops offering an array of original paintings and reproductions.

Without question, the principal gallery in the city is the Singapore Art Museum, which first opened its doors in 1996 and is known for its contemporary pieces, being found within the Waterloo Street Arts Belt, close to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the Stamford Arts Centre. However, the imminent opening of the downtown National Art Gallery of Singapore complex in 2013 is set to further improve the local arts scene, being based within both the City Hall and the Old Supreme Court Building.

Photograph of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Bras Basah Road

Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

Address: 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore City, Republic of Singapore, SG
Tel: +65 6332 3222
Staying true to form with other local museums, the Singapore Art Museum resides in an impressive, restored building. It boasts the art collection of the nation, with no less than 13 galleries housing around 8,000 pieces in total. This makes it the biggest collection of art from the 20th century in South-East Asia. There is a nominal charge for entry to the museum, although free entry can be had on Fridays between 08:00 and 21:00.
Open hours: Saturday to Thursday - 10:00 to 19:00, Friday - 10:00 to 21:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children and seniors

Images of Singapore

Address: 40 Imbiah Road, Sentosa, Republic of Singapore, SG
Tel: +65 6275 0388
The award-winning Images of Singapore gallery lies over on the neighbouring Sentosa Island complex and exhibits life-size dioramas of noted individuals. The Pioneers of Singapore exhibit includes Sir Stamford Raffles, Tan Tock Seng and others, while the Festivals section covers the celebrations of the various cultures on the island, including Chinese, Malay, and Indian. It is a good option for experiencing a brief history of the country through a series of art works, multimedia displays and theatrical presentations.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 19:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children