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Last updated on June 8th, 2019 at 7:43 am

Things to Do in Singapore Art Museum

Located at Bras Basah and near Marina Bay, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is a good mixture of oldies and futuristic. Besides the usual arts, this museum has rounded up other funky collections likes toys, optical illusions, and more. It holds the modern and largest contemporary Southeast Asian art in the world. SAM also offers a range of related programs like workshops and public programs to promote their extensive collection.

Singapore Art Museum was formerly a Catholic Boys’ School. It was a stunning white building with two wings and a veranda. It was revamped in the early 1990s and opened in 1996 as a museum. Since then, SAM has built one of the major collections of contemporary arts. The exhibitions feature changes every few months, showcasing different types of art from painting to sculptures to installation art and moving media. Due to its small, hidden gallery space, this museum specializes in smaller exhibitions showcasing 20th-century Asian visual art.

Ask for a free guided tour and meet the archeologists

Have burning questions about archeology? Well, it’s your time to meet a real archeologist. Tour guides will also take you through the pits and exhibitions. You’ll also have the chance to meet this team of archeologists who will share their experiences and fascinating trivia anecdotes.

Join a theatre tour

SAM has been keeping 160-year-old secrets. If you want to discover and learn more about them, an immersive theatrical tour is a chance for you to explore the building before the revamp. Actors play as persons who have inhabited the building while also presenting real-life stories from older museum staff and SJI old boys.

Singapore Art Museum Information and Tips


71 Bras Basah Rd Singapore, Singapore

Operating Hours:

Sat – Thurs: 10am – 7pm, Friday: 10am – 9pm

Expect to spend an hour or two in this museum since it’s small.

Make sure to check the museum’s calendar for the schedule of exhibitions, tours, and programs as they change. The Singapore Art Museum website has an exhibition guide that you can use to gauge your level of interests. 

Looking for food to eat? There’s a food court available where you can find some great food to eat. But if you want a wider range of food choice, you can easily get anywhere since The SAM is just two minutes away from the MRT Station You can also head over to Clarke Quay, which is one of the famous places for people looking for great restaurants and bars. 

If you’ve dedicated your day to exploring Singapore’s culture through its museums, then feel free to visit more nearby walking-distance museums like the National Gallery Singapore and Asian Civilisation Museum. 

The SAM also has a sushi bar that offers a sumptuous selection of Japanese food. This is also for visitors to relax after a long day of wandering. 

Besides the art galleries and cafes inside the museum, people can also go straight to other establishments near SAM for relaxation. There are beauty clinics surrounding the area and Sozo Clinic offers innovative beauty treatments that are usually quick and have no downtime.

How to get from Singapore Art Museum to Sozo Clinic:

Head southeast toward Bras Basah Rd and turn left onto Bras Basah Rd. Turn right at the 3rd cross street onto North Bridge Rd and just Continue onto South Bridge Rd. Use the left lane to turn left onto Pickering St and Continue onto Church St. Turn left onto Market St then turn right. Sozo Clinic will be on the left.


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After graduating from the National University of Singapore, Dr Boey’s journey in aesthetics brought him to esteemed institutions such as Harvard Medical School, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Queen Mary University of London in diverse cities like Seoul, London, Boston and New York.