Streets Singapore

Exploring SAM

July 15th, 2013 | Posted by Editor in About Singapore

No, SAM is not a person. SAM is known as the Singapore Art Museum. SAM houses Singapore’s contemporary and modern art collection from Southeast Asia. SAM is proud of its increasing collection of international contemporary art. If you are a patron of contemporary art, you should seriously visit SAM.

The restoration of St. Joseph’s Institution paved way to the opening of SAM. It took the government more than two years and millions of dollars to restore the structure. Despite the costs and the efforts, SAM is one of the best. Here’s what you need to know about SAM:



SAM has permanent collections of paintings and sculptures. The collections are from local artists like Liu Kang, Lim Tze Peng, etc. Since 2001, SAM started gathering works from regional artists. Not only that, SAM also started accepting donations. SAM hosted numerous travelling exhibitions and collaborations from other countries.

Getting there

SAM is surrounded by performing and visual arts institutions like Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Stamford Arts Centre, Calligraphy Center, etc. There are shopping centers near SAM. Getting to SAM is easy. You can take your car, bus or train. If you take your car, look for Waterloo Street, Queen Street and Plaza by the Park for parking. If you decide to take the bus, look for SBS 7, 14, 16, 36, 111, 131 and 162. Taking the MRT is convenient too. You should stop at Bras Basah, Dhoby Ghaut, City Hall or Bugis stations then walk. It will only take you 2 to 10 minutes of walk.


Admission charges

Admission is free for locals. For adult tourists, S$10.00 is collected. For seniors and students, S$5.00 is collected.

Operating hours

They are open from 10am to 7pm during Mondays-Sundays. During Fridays, they are open from 10am to 9pm.

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