The ArtScience Museum
Address:Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Getting there:Take the MRT to Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16).
Contact:(+65) 6688 8868
Operating Hours:Daily from 10am - 10pm (Including public holidays).
Last admission at 9pm.
Description: Featuring a distinctive lotus-inspired design with 'ten fingers' symbolising the “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore”, the ArtScience Museum is designed by critically acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. The building is made out of materials such as Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer, typically used to build racing yachts. Its dish-like roof channels rainwater to Marina Bay Sands' central atrium, where it creates a 35m cylindrical waterfall that falls into a small, reflecting pool. The rain water is then recycled for use in the museum’s bathrooms as part of Singapore’s Green Mark programme. Each 'finger' of the museum houses different gallery spaces, with skylights at the tip of each column. There are 21 gallery spaces totalling 50,000 sq-feet of exhibition area in total.
The ArtScience Gallery is the museum's permanent exhibit, introducing visitors to the concepts of 'ArtScience'. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the connections between the arts and sciences through three themed areas titled Curiosity, Inspiration and Expression. The exhibition will also display various historical artefacts, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Flying Machine, a Kongming Lantern and a high-tech robotic fish.
In the future, the museum will host major international touring exhibitions and some of the most renowned collections from all over the world, giving visitors a glimpse into the creative process that led to the creation of these timeless works.
As of 2012, it is currently home to two international exhibitions: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, and Cartier Time Art – Mechanics of Passion.