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 17 Aug 2021  


No discussion on arts and creativity is complete without a mention of ‘museums’, one of the oldest cultural institutions of any country.

As a cultural hub, Singapore offers a comprehensive list of art spaces comprising heritage institutions, museums, and galleries. For locals, Singapore citizens and permanent residents enjoy free admission to most sites.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the famous museums and art galleries across Singapore for individual explorers, couples, and families with children. We also highlight some of the must-visit exhibitions and installations within these art spaces.  


ArtScience Museum


ArtScience Museum

Blending art, science, culture and technology in an educational and engaging way, ArtScience Museum is one of the most iconic and innovative museums in Singapore. Designed by the world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie (who also designed Marina Bay Sands and Jewel Changi Airport), the Museum’s shape was inspired by the ‘Lotus’ flower. The overall form of the iconic building is made up of 10 ‘fingers’, each of which revealing a different gallery space.

With 21 gallery spaces spread across a massive 5,000m² area, the ArtScience Museum has held numerous large-scale exhibitions since its opening in 2011, showcasing masterpieces from some of history’s most celebrated artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh and M.C. Escher. Currently, the Museum hosts a large variety of exciting exhibitions (both temporary and permanent), creative workshops, film screenings, book club discussions, and other art-related events.


Currently On

Here are the must-visit exhibitions currently on at the ArtScience Museum. To note, out of three exhibitions, two are open to children across all ages.


Virtual Realms

Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed (Open until Jan 2022)

The partnership of six of the world’s most acclaimed videogame developers with six leading media design studios has resulted in the magical Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed exhibition.

Curated and organised by the Barbican, London with the celebrated game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi as guest-curator, Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed is an exhibition that presents 21st century game design as a unique form of contemporary art, through the medium of a series of large-scale, immersive installations. Journey through new sonic landscapes and exciting kaleidoscopic worlds as you navigate through six unique sets of installations based on distinctive themes: UNITY, SYNESTHESIA, CONNECTION, PLAY, NARRATIVE and EVERYTHING.

Some of the developers and studios involved in this project include – Kojima Production (makers of Death Stranding), Enhance (the team behind Rez Infinite and Tetris Effect), thatgamecompany (authors of Sky: Children of the Light and Journey), David OReilly (artist and creator of Everything and Mountain), Rhizomatiks, FIELD.IO, Marshmallow Laser Feast, onedotzero and more.


Future World


Future World: Where Art Meets Science (Permanent exhibit)

Spread over 1,500 m2 and often referred to as ‘Singapore’s largest digital playground’, Future World: Where Art Meets Science is ArtScience Museum’s iconic permanent exhibition. Created in collaboration with the award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab, this mesmerising exhibit is a collection of interactive, digital installations that take the visitors through the world of art, science, magic, and metaphor. Embark on an exciting journey of discovery with your loved ones through series of artworks under these key themes – City in A Garden, Sanctuary, Park, and Space.

While Singapore-inspired CITY IN A GARDEN enables you to walk through waterfalls and flower fields, discovering hidden yet familiar urban structures, SANCTUARY is all about taking a moment to relax and reflect within the confines of an idyllic digital wonderland.

PARK is based on the premise that age is never a factor when it comes to learning and playing using a combination of physical activity and digital technology. Finally, get thrilled by the experience of forging a monumental digital universe with your creations on the spell-bindingly beautiful canvas of SPACE.


Orchestral Manoeuvres


Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound (Opens end-Aug 2021)

While most exhibitions are often visual in nature, Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound is sure to stimulate your auditory senses like never before.

Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound is a unique exhibition put together by 32 globally-renowned composers and contemporary artists from across the world. This exhibition comprises a whole range of sound and music-related art, from early Sound Art projects, different types of music scores and noise-making sculptures, to contemporary projects that use digital, drawn and hand-made methods to make an object speak or sing. The artists use their works to push us to imagine the boundaries of music and create music on our own, while encouraging us to listen more closely to the spaces we live in or visit.

Notable exhibits include exploration of silence, a piano that plays itself, a handful of instruments you’ve never heard or seen before, and a chance to compose your own tunes taking inspiration from famous composers.

Visit the exhibition to tune in, listen deeply, feel the vibrations and create your personal soundtrack. We promise you that once you journeyed through the ‘experiences’ at Orchestral Manoeuvres, music will never sound the same again.


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National Museum of Singapore


National Museum of Singapore

Established in 1887, National Museum of Singapore is the country’s oldest museum. Beneath its 19th-century colonial exterior, National Museum of Singapore is a progressive museum that uses cutting-edge technology to redefine the conventional museum experience and takes you on an immersive voyage fuelled by creative storytelling.

Apart from art exhibitions, National Museum also hosts innovative activities and events all year round. These include the annual Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as performances and film screenings of different styles and genres. Amongst other facilities and services, National Museum also houses a massive resource centre with over 15,000 publications related to cultural studies, design and Singapore’s history.


Asian Civilisations Museum

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Asian Civilisations Museum

Opened in 1997, Asian Civilisations Museum is Singapore’s national museum of Asian decorative art and antiques, and the only museum in Asia with a pan-Asian scope. Its outstanding collection of masterpieces comprise close to 1,500 artefacts showcased across 11 galleries spanning 14,000 m2. A great place for both young and older children, the museum continually updates its range of exhibits and organises gallery-based storytelling sessions and hands-on workshops for an engaging experience.

Its “Let’s Learn About…” series introduces a new topic every month specifically for kids, making Asian Civilisations Museum the perfect place for some education and entertainment.


National Gallery


National Gallery Singapore

Situated at the birthplace of modern Singapore, this beautifully restored and transformed 64,000-sqm Gallery is housed in two national monuments - City Hall and the former Supreme Court. National Gallery Singapore is a progressive art museum that oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art. It aims to foster and inspire a thoughtful and creative society by providing a memorable experience through outstanding collections, special exhibitions, and innovative programming. To position Southeast Asia’s visual art scene in a global context and Singapore as an important partner, National Gallery works jointly with international museums such as Tate Britain, National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), Musée d'Orsay, Centre Pompidou, and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.

That concludes our list of museums, exhibition spaces, and art galleries in Singapore. Have a great day exploring!



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