Places to Explore: Art Scene in Singapore

Art Museum in SingaporeA country’s art and culture is what makes it even more beautiful because it shows its ancestry, development, and identity.

Enthralled by all kinds of art, but do not know where to go? Don’t worry; you will never run out of options because there are loads of attractions to visit in Singapore. From art and wax museums to live performances, they have everything to cater to every enthusiast’s preference. Here are a few places to celebrate and enjoy art and culture in Singapore:

Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum, which opened in 1996, highlights Southeast Asian contemporary art. Eighty percent of their acquisitions are from SEA, while the other 20% are from other Asian countries such as Korea, India, Japan and China.

Peranakan Museum

Managed and operated by the Asian Civilisations Museum, Peranakan Museum, once known as Daonan Xuexiao or Tao Nan School, houses a display of nine galleries on their culture starting from its origins to their food and dining customs.


Established in 1988 as a tourist attraction, the Battlebox was once a bunker for the British Strategic Command during World War II. It closed in 2012, but opened the Visitor Centre in 2015. It finally reopened its doors to the public last February 2016.

Red Dot Design Museum

Located within The Design District Singapore, Red Dot Design Museum displays the latest in the international design scene. It has over a thousand exhibits coming from more than 50 countries in their collection. Exhibitions curated at the Red Dot Design Museum are winners of the Red Dot Design Award, an award-giving body catering to international designers.

National Gallery Singapore

Formerly the Supreme Court and City Hall, the National Gallery Singapore has the biggest collection of modern art displayed to the public in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Gillman Barracks

Launched as a contemporary art centre, Gillman Barracks houses 11 art galleries and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore among others.

If you ever go to Singapore, try to visit these places to experience and know the country’s culture and what makes it diverse and beautiful.