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Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane The Arts House At the Old Parliament, Singapore 179429, Singapore (Formerly Parliament House)
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+65 6332 6900

Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore's first...

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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Fascinating exhibition on Singapore Independence

Found by chance, the now named "Arts House" used to be the old Parliament Building and contains a fascinating and succint exhibition describing Singapore's journey to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Found by chance, the now named "Arts House" used to be the old Parliament Building and contains a fascinating and succint exhibition describing Singapore's journey to independence. You also have access to the old debating chamber. Not a lengthy visit but very interesting and we learnt a lot.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

went there to check out the cultural revolution photo exhibition. great collection of photos in a nice little historical building. this is the second exhibition ive seen here and generally they have good exhibits.

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Rayong, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

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... More 

Thank David B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We ate at the O'Parl Cafe Bar & Bistro which located at The Art House. The food was average but ok. We didn't find out until afterwards that despite ticking the box on the credit card receipt to be charged in Singapore dollars, they put the transaction through in AUD which was at a higher rate that what we would... More 

Thank SuzieSee
Fukuoka, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is a beautiful location for events. It is the old parliament building and acts as a nice museum as well as event location. It is really a great choice. In addition, there is a live bar right next door along the river, so there are a lot of options after the events for dinner and drinks.

Thank Steven R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Was walking past this building whilst entertaining visitors on National Day in Singapore. This was once the Parliament Building and some of the rooms can still be seen. A Tudor Rose from the Palace of Westminster (UK Parliament) was presented to the Singapore Parliament in 1955 and can still be seen on the wall. The chambers are still open to... More 

Thank Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Walk into the debating chamber, beautiful wooden floors and imagine what it might have been like in history. Worth a visit.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

A very photogenic building in the Civic District, this is the former Parliament House turned stylish arts establishment. It is the main host of various art exhibitions, plays and the well-known Singapore Writers Festival. Check its website or follow it on social media for updates. A posh French restaurant upstairs offers a good view of the surrounding area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

Well, finding a museum/gallery open at 6:00 in the evening was quite a surprise, so since I had some time on my hand (I was on holidays so you do tend to have a bit of time) I decided to step inside and look around. Fortunately it was free (which is always a good thing) and also happens to be... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

Art house is used for old movies shows, contemporary exhibitions, art shows, book presentations, weddings and so on. So depending from the day or even time you visit, you will have completely different experince

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