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The Arts House (formerly Old Parliament House)

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by J.D.Wen (subscribe)
I'm based in Singapore with interests in classical music, art & culture related talks, art fairs, ceramics, walking tour, food, travel, photography, pet dogs, fashion, sustainability and urban farming. Contact me at culturedcreaturelover@gmail.com
Published June 23rd 2016
Free Exhibition at the Arts House
The Arts House, Old Parliament, Singapore Heritage Building
The Arts House

The Arts House (formerly Old Parliament House) is now a multi-disciplinary arts venue to host art exhibitions, film screenings, and concerts. During restoration, the chambers were converted into a function hall though the design and furnishing were retained. It's the oldest existing government building in Singapore.

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The columns


Initially the house designed by G. D. Coleman was built as the residence of John Argyle Maxwell. Upon its completion in 1827 it functioned as a court house and government offices.
The Arts House, Old Parliament, Singapore Heritage Building
Blue Room


Several major works were carried out over the years, and the architectural style was transformed from Neo-Palladian to Victorian. In 1953 it was converted to be the new Legislative Assembly of Singapore.
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The Chamber


It was renamed Parliament House in August 1965 when Singapore proclaimed independence. On 14 February 1992 it was gazetted a national monument. The parliament moved to another building in 1999.
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The Parliament in Singapore History Exhibition


The Parliament in Singapore History Exhibition is on level 2. It is free entry for all. It tells the history of the house from 1827 to 1999. It is an important site where political pioneers delivered key speeches that were to chart the path of this nation-building journey. Visitors could see rare images of Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Dr Goh Keng Swee, Mr S Rajaratnam, and more.
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The Parliament in Singapore History Exhibition


A elephant bronze statue in front of the building is a gift from King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V of Siam). Singapore was the first foreign land visited by the king.
The Arts House, Old Parliament, Singapore Heritage Building
The Elephant Statue. It was originally located at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall before being replaced in 1919 with Stamford Raffles' statue


Its operating hours are from 10AM to 10PM daily. Click here for latest update.

For dining, there are three outlets to choose:
Timbre serves western food and beverages.
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Timbre at The Arts House


Barber Shop by Timbre serves western food and alcoholic drinks. Blues, soul, funk and jazz bands entertain visitors throughtout the night.
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Photo courtesy of Barber Shop by Timbre


Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt specialises in French cuisine.
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Why? Visit this important historic building that has watched Singapore's political transformation
When: Anytime
Phone: 65 6332 6900
Where: 1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429
Cost: Free Entry
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