SAM at 8Q

Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

The younger sibling of the Singapore Art Museum, which is undergoing a significant revamp until 2021, is named after its address. Snoop around four floors of contemporary art, from quirky installations and video art to mixed-media statements. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing time.

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Nearby Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay attractions

1. Singapore Art Museum

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Formerly the St Joseph's Institution – a Catholic boys' school – SAM now sings the praises of contemporary Southeast Asian art. The museum was undergoing…

2. Cape of Good Hope

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Cape of Good Hope is a spacious gallery showcasing local Singaporean artists, both established and up-and-coming.

3. National Library

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Designed by Malaysian architect and ecologist Ken Yeang, this white, curvaceous brains trust is home to numerous facilities, including a reference library…

4. Chijmes

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Now the home of trendy restaurants and entertainment hot spots, including famed Whitegrass and exotic Coriander Leaf, neo-classical Chijmes was once a…

5. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

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For a peek at work being turned out by artists in Singapore and elsewhere in the region, stop by the galleries inside this leading Singaporean art school…

6. MINT Museum of Toys

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Nostalgia rules at this slinky ode to playtime, its four skinny floors home to over 50,000 vintage toys. You'll see everything from rare Flash Gordon…

7. Sri Krishnan Temple

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The polychromatic Hindu Sri Krishnan Temple has a magnificent silver-and-gold shrine.

8. Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

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Awash with the frenetic click of chien tung (Chinese fortune sticks), this is one of Singapore's busiest (and according to devotees, luckiest) temples. It…