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About the Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum focuses on international contemporary art practices, specialising in Singapore and Southeast Asia. 

Our Vision: The Singapore Art Museum will be pivotal among contemporary art museums in the region and on the region, inspiring humane and better futures. 

Our Mission: The Singapore Art Museum breathes Art into Life. Through contemporary art, we make infinite room for everyone to think, feel, experience and imagine.

Housed in a restored 19th century mission school, it opened its doors in 1996 as the first art museum in Singapore. Also known as SAM, the museum is now a contemporary art museum.

SAM has built one of the world's most important public collections of Southeast Asian contemporary artworks, with a growing component in international contemporary art. SAM draws from its collection and collaborates with international contemporary art museums to co-curate and present contemporary art exhibitions. Contemporary art of the region is also given international exposure through SAM's travelling exhibition programme and collection loans. 

Visitors can extend their SAM experience through complementary and exhibition-related education and public programmes
such as:

  • exhibition-related public programmes and workshops
  • educational programmes and workshops which cover a diversity of art trends and contemporary art practices for all ages
  • outreach programmes where SAM programmes are extended outside of the museum to schools, community centres, and partner locations
  • SAM exhibition downloadable activity sheets for pre-schoolers, primary, secondary and tertiary level students

SAM is the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011, 2013 and 2016

On 13 November 2013, SAM became incorporated as an independent company limited by guarantee.

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