FAQ 

about SAM

Is SAM a private or public institution?

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is an autonomous public institution funded by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. On 13 November 2013, SAM became incorporated as an independent company limited by guarantee.

our collection

How large is SAM's permanent collection?

SAM's permanent collection houses more than 7,000 works of art. It is the world’s largest collection of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art, with a growing component of international contemporary works.

What is in SAM's permanent collection?

SAM's permanent collection consists of over 7,000 artworks from Singapore and Southeast Asia, forming the world’s largest acquisition of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art. This also comprises more than 1,000 works from its Tyler Print Collection, including pieces by highly prominent international 20th-century artists Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein. Generally, SAM’s collection is greatly varied, encompassing paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints and photographs.

Why are some artworks not on exhibition?

SAM’s permanent collection houses over 7,000 artworks, but only a fraction of these can be exhibited at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions, or rented to governmental or private organisations under the Artbank rental scheme. At other times, the works may be in the conservation laboratory for study and maintenance. As large as the museum is, there is not enough room to simultaneously display everything in the collection. In order to best represent our art, works in the collection are thus rotated periodically.

How do I find out how much an object in the SAM's permanent collection is worth?

SAM does not disclose the monetary value of objects in its collection.

How do I get my art work authenticated and valued?

SAM does not authenticate or value art owned by private individuals. For advice regarding the identification or valuation of works of art, contact a reputable art dealer or auction house.

How do I sell works to SAM?

SAM’s collection is committed to contemporary art in, and of, Southeast Asia. The collection is particularly strong in iconic Southeast Asian works that mark turning points in recent art history and socio-cultural contexts, as well as charting new developments in the practice of individual artists. SAM also collects work from broader Asia (e.g. Japan, India, China) which dialogue, or have resonance, with Southeast Asian works already in the collection. 

Works considered for acquisition undergo an evaluation process by the relevant personnel and are assessed on the basis of their significance and relevance to the SAM collection and its parameters, as well as broader considerations of conservation and storage. While our preference is for material to be sent electronically via email to [email protected], we also accept material that is mailed to us. Please note, however, that we are unable to return material submitted in hard copy.  

exhibitions and programmes

What is currently on at SAM?

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Are guided tours available?

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How far ahead do you plan exhibitions?

SAM’s mission and vision is centred on the exhibition, research and collection of contemporary art in Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as art forms and practices that are in dialogue with the currents of this region. The Museum’s exhibition programming is the result of proposals developed by its curatorial team, or in collaboration with partner institutions, and proposals are developed two to four years in advance. We are therefore unable to accommodate unsolicited proposals.

What educational programmes and events are scheduled for adults and/or families?

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planning a visit

Where is SAM?

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What are SAM’s opening hours?

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What are SAM’s admission charges?

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Is there a time when admission charges are reduced?

Admission to SAM is free on the following occasions:


  • Open House Days
  • For NHB Member Schools
  • Fridays, 18:00 to 21:00

Can anyone bypass the admissions line?

All visitors must stop at the Information & Ticketing Counter to receive an admission sticker before entering the Museum.

Is there a car park at SAM?

Public parking facilities at the museum are unavailable. The nearest car parks are at:


  • Queen Street
  • Waterloo Street
  • Plaza by the Park
  • Hotel Grand Pacific
  • NTUC Trade Union House
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)

Is SAM wheelchair-friendly?

Yes, permanent ramps and lifts in the museum provide easy access for wheelchair users. In addition, SAM offers concession rates for Persons with Disability and their first caregiver, regardless of nationality.

Are there lockers for public use?

Yes. Lockers are available for public use, on a pay per use basis.

Is SAM suitable for families with young children?

The Learning Gallery is a dedicated exhibition space that introduces young audiences to contemporary art. 

SAM also organises an annual children’s exhibition from May to August. View our exhibition calendar here.

What dining facilities are available at SAM?

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group visits

How do I arrange for a school group visit?

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How do I arrange for a corporate group visit?

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How do I arrange for a community group visit?

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photography and videography

Is photography permitted inside SAM galleries?

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How do I get permission to reproduce text or images from SAM’s publications?

If you require an image to accompany a review or article about a current, recent or future exhibition at SAM, please contact SAM’s PR department at [email protected].

If you require images of a particular artist’s work not directly related to SAM's exhibition, please send your request to [email protected].

Please note that all SAM's texts and images are copyrights of SAM and its authors, and may not be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from SAM.

venue rental

How do I hire gallery space at SAM?

At this time, SAM does not hire out its gallery spaces for private hire or use.

How do I host a private or corporate event at SAM?

The Glass Hall at SAM can be hired for private or corporate events on a case-by-case basis. To find out more about rental rates, terms and conditions, and availability, please contact us here

get involved

How can I (or my company) support SAM?

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How can I let SAM know about my artwork?

SAM’s curatorial team is always interested in receiving information or materials about contemporary artists from, or practicing in, Southeast Asia. In addition, the team welcomes updates from artists on new projects or exhibitions in the form of electronic or printed material, e.g. publications, invitations, newsletters, flyers and website details.

While our preference is for materials to be sent electronically via email to [email protected], we also accept material that is mailed to us. Please note, however, that we are unable to return material submitted in hard copy. Owing to the large volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to individual submissions.

I would like to exhibit my work at SAM. How do I submit an exhibition proposal?

Art exhibitions at SAM focus largely on Southeast Asian contemporary art.  SAM’s exhibition programming is planned at least two years or more in advance, and most exhibitions are the result of proposals developed by our in-house curatorial team or collaborations with partner institutions. Exhibitions and commissions arise from direct invitations to artists and curators. Therefore we are unable to accommodate unsolicited projects.

How do I donate works to SAM?

SAM welcomes gifts and donations of artworks. However, not every work is suitable for the museum’s collection. Proposed donations undergo an evaluation process by the relevant personnel, and are assessed on the basis of their significance and relevance to the SAM collection and its parameters, as well as broader considerations of conservation and storage.

Please contact the Partnerships and Patronage department at [email protected] with information about your collection, or works within it. Please do not send in any original artworks intended for donation, as we will only accept information pertaining to the artworks and not the actual pieces themselves.

How do I volunteer at SAM?

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