The Arts House
The Arts House
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Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore's first Parliament House, The Arts House has played an active role in the Singapore arts and creative scene for the past decade. As a centre for writing, writers and ideas, The Arts House supports and presents programmes and festivals that aim to develop and promote literary arts in Singapore.
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Neighbourhood: City Hall
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  • Raffles Place • 7 min walk
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The Arts House was the former Parliament Building of Singapore. It is a building steeped in history in its own right and well worth a visit. During the Singapore Art Week the chamber became more colourful than ever it has in its history based on a fabric exhibition entitled Justice for All. The exhibition was organised by the celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shinabare RA. A truly stunning exhibition which was well worth a visit.

The lower floor held Marjorie Doggett’s Singapore photography exhibition. A genius with large frame photography long before the digital era.

The exhibition is over now but there are ongoing events here. Even without art events the building is worth looking at alone.
Written 3 April 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This elegant, stately British-colonial-architecture building was initially completed in 1827 and, until 1999, served as Singapore's Parliament House. It is now The Arts House and serves as a multidisciplinary arts centre, and venue for concerts and art exhibitions. The building appears to be very well maintained.
Written 29 February 2024
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Heng How N
Singapore, Singapore7,451 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
The former parliament house is now a arts house but really no much to display other than the parliament chamber which still intact. And of course every visitor is looking for Mr Lee Kuan Yew seat. This is the most memorable for most visitors.
Written 16 August 2017
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geographyguy_11
Brisbane, Queensland515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
The area of old government buildings along the Singapore River is one of the nicest parts of the city and the Arts House is one of the most interesting things within this dignified district. On the first floor, there is an excellent series of information panels outlining the history of the building from on and off court house to legislative assembly to sovereign parliament. The political events which occurred here, such as self-government from Britain, merger with Malaya and eventual independence are explained clearly and concisely. The highlight of the visit is the old Parliamentary chamber and the chance to sit in Lee Kwan Yew's seat as Prime Minister. The Arts House is a must-see for history buffs and is conveniently located near the Asian Civilizations Museum, Raffles Landing Site and the National Gallery
Written 24 March 2017
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boski
Island of Malta, Malta390 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Couples
On a recent trip to Singapore we had the good fortune of timing to be able to see the amazing Earlier Mona Lisa Exhibition in the old parliament house, it has heaps of atmosphere and is beautifully done-the staff were great and the exhibition was world class- lucky Singaporeans to be able to enjoy this world class event at such a moderate cost
Well done .we loved it and will keep an eye ion this venue in the future
Written 8 January 2015
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EmFLoge33
Westminster303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
Visited the Arts House and viewed the Donald Moore Exhibition. The exhibits consisted of items connected with the late Donald Moore, who was well-known as a book publisher, promoter of classical music and other performance arts, and as the proprietor of a wonderful shop selling cultural books and crafts. Unfortunately, he was too far ahead of the times -- in the 1970s and before Singapore became prosperous! Eventually all these enterprises led him into financial problems. The Exhibition is a belated tribute to a far-sighted man who tried his best to bring arts and culture to Singapore.
Written 7 September 2014
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Reyan11
Kaithal, India123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
Venue plays host to concerts and art performances. It is the oldest surviving government building. Enjoyed the performance
Written 8 November 2019
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RBFerg
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
This was a building I would have missed. Went inside the arts house with a free walking tour company, and was really glad I did. This is a building that had really witnessed singapore's history. the parliamentary chamber, in particular made me choked with emotions when i hear about the development of singapore over the last 50+ years. selfie opportunities with the chair of the first prime minister of singapore was a bonus
Written 11 February 2019
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yuqian
Singapore, Singapore48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
On its own it's just a quiet colonial building with really well-maintained facilities, lovely architecture. But they always have events going on - can check out their website or get the hardcopy of their monthly events brochure to find out what's going on. Great way to involve yourself in the arts scene in Singapore!
Written 28 November 2018
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,558 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
This landmark building in downtown Singapore City was originally designed and built in 1827 as the home of a wealthy Scottish merchant John Argyle Maxwell. Because of what would today be called a bureaucratic blunder, Maxwell's house became the only private home in an area earmarked for government buildings in the 1822 Raffles Town Plan.

But Maxwell never lived in it.

It went through various transformations until in 1959 it became known as the Parliament House when the People's Action Party became the government of a self-governing Singapore.

It continued to serve as Parliament House until 1999 when the new Parliament House was opened next door to it.

In 2004 this historic building went through another transformation to become the Arts House, a venue for the performing and visual arts.
Written 13 September 2016
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