Singapore Arts & Culture Trail – Museums and Beyond
WRITER: Yvonne Chia PHOTOS BY: John Heng
Singapore Arts & Culture Trail – Museums and Beyond 26. April 2020, by Yvonne Chia, Photos by John Heng
Museums are a great place to get acquainted with the local arts and culture, but if time permits, be sure to explore the various galleries and performance venues as well. Many of these are a short distance away from the Concorde Hotel Singapore.

A. ION Art Gallery @ L4, Ion Orchard 
2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801

This dedicated art space within a mall gets you inspired while you indulge in some retail therapy. The 5,000 square foot exhibition space showcases international and local art, design and new media.

B. National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

The oldest museum in Singapore covers the nations’s history from its 14th-century beginnings to the present day. It is also custodian of the 12 National Treasures.

C. Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555

With art of the present moment as its focus, the museum has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. Collaborations with leading institutions also result in both local and international exhibitions.

D. The Substation
45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts centre houses a black box theatre, gallery, dance studio and two classrooms, providing a space for established as well as emerging artists to showcase their work.

E. Peranakan Museum
39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

[The Peranakan Museum is currently closed for revamp]

Discover the Peranakan culture that has been passed down form the descendants of inter-marriages around the 15th century. The museum’s galleries illustrate the traditions and distinctive arts of the Peranakans.

F. Singapore Philatelic Museum
23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

[The Singapore Philatelic Museum is currently closed for revamp]

Browse through the museum‘s collections of stamps and archival philatelic material of Singapore from the 1803s to present day. You’ll also learn how stamps can be a window to the world.

G. Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
1 McNally Street, #B1-03, Singapore 187940

The ICAS is the curatorial division of LASALLE College of the Arts, with galleries dedicated to exploring new and experimental art across the Fine Arts, Design, Media and Performing Arts.

H. Singapore Tyler Print Institute
41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236

This creative workshop and gallery explores new ideas for contemporary art in print and paper, It collaborates with artists from all around the world to create innovative masterpieces.

I. The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Singapore’s literary arts space offers a multi-disciplinary experience with a broad spectrum of activities, ranging from contemporary arts to entertainment events.

J. Asian Civilisations Museum
1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

Trace the roots of modern Singaporeans through 5,000 years of Asian cultures. The museum‘s collection covers different groups originating from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.

K. Esplanade
1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981

Its full name says it all. Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is a performing arts centre with a waterfront location, Venues range from a concert hall to an outdoor theatre, and often showcase musical, dance and theatre productions.

L. ArtScience Museum
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956

This museum celebrates the processes at the heart of art and science, seeks to understand creative minds and examines their role in shaping society. It is predominantly a venue for international touring exhibitions.

M. Red Dot Design Museum
11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940

This contemporary design museum houses winning entries of the international Red Dot Design Award. The museum also hosts MAAD, an event for design, art and craft one Friday night of every month.

N. National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

This latest gallery in Singapore is a visual arts institution that oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The Gallery also works with international museums to jointly present Southeast Asian art in the global context.