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Asian Civilisations Museum

1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
+65 6332 7798
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The Asian Civilisations Museum is devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans. Founded in 1993 and in its present building by the Singapore River since 2003, the museum traces its roots to the Raffles Museum, founded in the middle of the 19th century. ACM focuses on the many historical connections between the cultures of Asia, and between Asia and the world. Singapore’s history as a port city that brought people together from all over the world is used as a means of examining the history of Asia. Special exhibitions bring magnificent objects from around the world to our Singapore audience. Programmes like the annual River Nights encourage visitors to connect more closely with culture and the arts.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
The Quays
+65 6332 7798
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had passed the place many times but never visit before. The museum has 3 levels on Tang dynasty, trade and religion. To me it was the influence of Tang trading, Islamic, Hinduism and Buddhism that South East Asia culture and trade.

1  Thank Heng How N
Reviewed 3 days ago

Explore the rich artistic heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans. This place focuses on the historical connections between the cultures of Asia and the world. Exhibitions are held to bring down magnificent objects from around the world. Enchanting programmes like the annual...More

Thank patkhamoshi69
Reviewed 3 days ago

They always have something special from different culture. Me and my niece really enjoyed the visit last year

Thank akosichingz
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very well curated museum, full of fabulous, ancient artefacts. The written information about each piece was informative and We enjoyed it so much that we went two days running!

Thank David and Jilly B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The name of the museum is a bit grandiose given that the collections are so limited in scope. The museum does not portray all of the civilizations of Asia. What museum could? It does have a good, if limited, collection of Chinese ceramics with some...More

Thank spaqueen_9
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you only have time to visit only one museum in Singapore then this is the one to pick. Stunning collection of ceramics and Buddhas from the region that are beautifully displayed. The South Asia Islamic exhibits really gives you a feel for the impact...More

Thank A R H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had visited to view the Tang Shipwreck exhibition with my husband a while back. The place is very surreal and quiet with ample space for you to move around. The best part is that you can actually have a good look at each exhibit...More

Thank Jaclyn N
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's an ever changing series of exhibits here, and there are a bunch of great permanent exhibits. I drop by every quarter, and spend a lot of time exploring the museum. It's comfortable, accessible and has great food options nearby.

Thank lrjk1985
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice little museum in a nice riverside location. It doesn't contain many exhibits that are interesting for kids but they do their best to keep the kids entertained by providing a booklet with stickers and questions that does help get them through...More

Thank rearcardoor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was a real treat - when I was there, they had a special exhibit on Korea and I took the docent led tour. It was creatively displayed and some VERY FINE pieces were included. The shipwreck exhibit is definitely worth exploring. Just give...More

Thank Genevieve K
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offering a very different atmosphere. Boat Quay
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Tavi A
5 July 2016|
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Response from Donna N | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about the closings of some exhibits, maybe the special exhibit is being changed. I found the museum and their collections exceptional! I can spend half a day viewing the different collections. The Southeast... More
18 November 2015|
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Response from | Property representative |
Hi there, if you are planning to visit the museum and attend a guided tour, there are free guided tours every day, run by different museum volunteer/docent groups. The English tours are at 11am (Daily), 2pm (Daily), 3pm... More