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Singapore Art Museum’s buildings were once home to Catholic boys' schools – St. Joseph’s Institution on Bras Basah Road and Catholic High School on Queen Street.

Transforming SAM for the future

SAM’s two museum sites – the former St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI) building on Bras Basah Road and former Catholic High School building on Queen Street – are closed in 2019 for redevelopment works. 

This major undertaking includes the preservation of the buildings’ heritage architecture, blending the old and the new. When SAM re-opens, visitors can look forward to an iconic space to experience and engage with art.  

Learn more about the former SJI building – a gazetted National Monument – below.

building details

THE CENTRAL BUILDING

The galleries in the Central Building were formed by knocking down walls that made up former classrooms.

The Glass Hall

The Glass Hall was originally a gymnasium and opened on three sides.

THE CHAPEL

Once the chapel of the school, this decommissioned chapel is now an art exhibition space.

QUEEN STREET & WATERLOO STREET WINGS

This building, originally known as Anderson Building, was named after Sir John Anderson, Governor of the Straits Settlements (1904 – 1911).

THE COURTYARDS

These were originally the school quadrangles.