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Asian Civilisations Museum

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Address: 1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
Phone Number:
+65 6332 7798
10:00 - 19:00
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Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Asian Civilisations Museum is devoted to exploring the rich artistic...

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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A historic building renovated with great detail and taste

besides the exhibits which differ from time to time, the building itself is already a feast to the eyes. restoration to the historic building was done exceptionally well with... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

besides the exhibits which differ from time to time, the building itself is already a feast to the eyes. restoration to the historic building was done exceptionally well with attention to details to preserve as much as possible all the external façade. internally, the feel is spaciousness and a feel of "classic design yet not outdated". anyone who loves historic... More 

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The ACM is a great place to visit if you want to spend your vacation in Singapore gaining more knowledge. Their exhibitions are always unique and bring a lot of facts and trivia that will interest all kinds of visitors.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had great tour - with a free volunteer guide - and then spent additional time in the exhibits. Good way to cool off on a hot day.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of pottery and ceramic art...old scrolls and ship wrecked pottery. Well done... guides available.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

good museum, clean and neat and very regulated art msuim, location is close to access by bus and MRT

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a full day trip to this place and step out for some lunch across the river before you go back in. For the ones who like to keep it all on paper, make sure you carry a notebook. This museum has strung together the story of asia and how the people have been speaking to each other through trade,... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

we started our visit by going through the Tang shipwreck exhibit - which showed all the materials found from a wreck just off the Indonesian coast where the materials were so well preserved and were acquired by a Singaporean philanthropist. We then went on a whirlwind hour long tour (it's a big museum) that touched on highlights of the collections... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to get to. Good exhibits. I am a local so it is free for me to enter. Can sometimes be quite busy with school children.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this place on a public holiday. As a Singaporean Citizen, we have free entry for museums on public holidays. For entrance fees you can check the Singaporean National Heritage Board website for all the information on fees, which includes discounts if you bundle together tickets for other related museums. The museum is not really connected to other buildings... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a good hour or so here. Tour guide was really good. A beautiful building from the outside and very near the MRT.

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