The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) houses the national art collection of Singapore. It possesses a collection of pieces of Singaporean and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art, and has an expanding collection of new Asian and international contemporary art.
Situated in the center of Singapore’s major shopping district and Waterloo Street Arts Belt, SAM is located alongside Singapore’s major performing arts and visual arts institutions: such as the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, La Salle College of the Arts, the Stamford Arts Center, the Selegie Arts Center, Singapore Calligraphy Center, YMS Arts Center, Dance Ensemble Singapore, Sculpture Square and Action Theater as well as the School of the Arts.
Galleries feature paintings, sculptures, and installations from its permanent collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art as well as touring renowned shows like the Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Museum: Scientist, Inventor, Artist.
Community outreach is an important area of the Museum's function through the promotion of awareness and appreciation of art within the local and regional context. It encourages the growth of an active and stimulating cultural environment in Singapore. This is done not only through the Museum's exhibition programmes but also through its education and public programs which cover a diversity of art trends and practices, fringe activities and public lectures, aimed at reaching the local community at large as well as regional and international visitors to Singapore.
SAM is accessible by major public transportation systems such as the public buses, the MRT lines and cab services. Bras Basah MRT Station, along the new Circle Line, is next to SAM.