Singapore’s ArtScience Museum
The moment I stepped off the plane in Singapore, I felt like Alice in Wonderland. I remember how amazing the airport was and could not wait to see what the city had to offer.
One (of many) amazing must-sees in Singapore is most definitely the ArtScience Museum. If nothing more, the architecture will blow you away long before you step foot inside. The ArtScience museum was designed by renown architect Moshe Safdie.
Its iconic lotus-inspired presence is located at the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel, alongside the Marina Bay waterfront. ArtScience has been called “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore” by Mr. Sheldon Adelson, the visionary chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
The museum was designed as a symbolic gesture of welcome to guests from across the globe. And it does. There are 10 “fingers,” if you will, that make up the building. Anchored by a unique round base in the middle, each finger features skylights at the “fingertips” illuminating the dramatically curved interior walls. The design also offers commanding views of Singapore and the Marina Bay Sands, with the tallest “finger” said to stand almost 200 feet above ground.
You can understand that when a major international traveling exhibitor wants to showcase their most renowned collection, they make ArtScience museum their destination of choice.
Known for being the premier museum for the latest exhibits, the museum embraces a spectrum of influences from art & science, media & technology, and design & architecture.
According to the museum’s website, “ArtScience Museum features over 50,000 square feet of galleries to inspire visitors of all ages, walks of life, and from shores near and far.”
“ArtScience: A Journey Through Creativity” is the Museum’s showpiece exhibition and is an homage and introduction to the beginnings of ArtScience.
Singapore’s priority and ambition is to be “the exchange capital of the world.” Their mission is to have a venue in which the exchange of ideas and theories can be presented in a way that provides information as well as entertainment.
In line with that mission, guests to the ArtScience exhibition have the rare opportunity to explore the mysterious connection between the arts and the sciences. The exhibits are presented in three galleries – Curiosity, Inspiration, and Expression.
On the responsible tip, the Museum’s unique, dish-like roof is more than just innovative design; it was created to channel rainwater through the central atrium of the building creating a water drop that ends with a reflecting pool. The rainwater is then recycled for use in the Museum’s bathrooms as part of Singapore’s Green Mark program.
What a wonderful way to gain more knowledge without the confines of a classroom.