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“An Architectural Beauty” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555, Singapore
65 6332 3222
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Ranked #62 of 279 Attractions in Singapore
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Formerly the St Joseph’s Institution, a premier boys’ school, and open since 1996, this state-of-the-art museum has amassed the largest public collection of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian artworks in the world, with a growing component in international contemporary art.
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Brisbane, Australia
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“An Architectural Beauty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is located in the renovated old St. Joseph's Institution building from the 1800s. The magnificent structure, facade, corridors, columns, courtyards and chapel have been faithfully preserved. The museum incorporates a cafe, sushi bar, and three restaurants on the ground floor. There is also a museum shop on the premises.

The collection comprises traditional and contemporary artworks by local and regional artists. The current exhibitions were on modern and abstract artworks.

Strolling through the historic premises, hallowed corridors and rooms proved nostalgic.

Visited September 2013
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“Displays closed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

The building is beautiful, and air conditioned! However most of the display galleries are closed for rennovations. We got to go in 3 galleries only and there wasn't much in them. It imagine it would be a great place to go to if the galleries were open but it was very disappointing

Visited October 2013
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“Restored old boy's school”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I invite all visitors to this old boys school which has been transformed into an art gallery. This place holds found memories of 19th Century Singapore, including the chapel and the status of Jean Baptist delaSalle. The church of Saint Peter and Paul is just behind this building and worth a visit as well

Visited August 2013
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“Great place for playdates and family outings with kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Many different rooms with interactive activities and experiences from hands-on art & craft, videos/movies, and AV experiential activities, which are suitable for the whole family.

The only bad point is the many flights of stairs that visitors have to climb up and down, as the rooms are located across several floors. Not ideal when there are older folk or parents with strollers and very young children.

Visited July 2013
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“Excellent collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Interesting modern art, we saw an exhibition on modern art in middle east asia. Not too many pieces, which helps to concentrate on the individual piece and artist. Interesting background information is provided on any of the artists and works. The only drawback as in all museums of Singapore and Malaysia: the air con is often set to a freezing 18 degress Celsius, so don't forget a sweater.

Visited September 2013
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