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About Us

The Singapore Art Museum opened its doors in 1996 as the first fully dedicated visual arts museum in Singapore. Since then, we have built one of the world's most important collections of contemporary art by artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia. We are committed to creating meaningful encounters with art for all our visitors, through our exhibitions, research, publications, public and educational outreach.

In 2019, our two museum sites - the former St. Joseph's Institution building on Bras Basah Road and former Catholic High School building on Queen Street, closed for a building redevelopment. With the aim to create an architectural landmark for contemporary art in Singapore, this major undertaking includes the preservation of the buildings' heritage architecture, thoughtfully blending the old and the new. When SAM re-opens, visitors can look forward to an iconic museum space where the public can experience and engage with art.
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During this period, we continue to hold exhibitions and events at partner venues and spaces like the Regional Libraries of Tampines, Woodlands and Jurong. The 2019 edition of the Singapore Biennale will also take place from 22 November 2019 to 22 March 2020 across partner venues. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information about our building works and museum programming.

The redevelopment is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), and Tote Board.

Our Programmes

SAM has a range of programmes that are designed to deliver positive social and educational benefits to people from all walks of life. Some of these ongoing and past programmes include:

QUIET HOUR AT SAM
Catering to special needs visitors of all ages, this initiative provides free transport to and from the museum, closed-door museum access, as well as customised workshop sessions

SCHOOLS AND WELFARE ORGANISATIONS
Tailored programmes for students and underserved community groups, such as children's charities and elderly organisations

YELLOW RIBBON COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION
An annual exhibition that features artworks by inmate artists at Changi Prison Complex and Changi Women's Prison, highlighting their rehabilitative journey through art making

THINK! CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITION
A multi-visit, museum-based school programming for primary school students in Singapore that promotes the learning of different subjects through contemporary art
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  • Arts & Heritage
  • Community
  • Education
  • Families
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