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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
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Reviewed yesterday

A really interesting museum dealing with all areas of Asia. Many exhibits with clear instruction and background detail. Well worth a visit.

Thank Philip M
Reviewed yesterday

I don't have high expectations before I visited this museum but this place has exceeded my expectations. There are many interesting exhibits. If you are tired, you can take a break at the Prive Cafe.

Thank Bintangkechil
Reviewed 2 days ago

Average museum - some interesting items but really a standard museum spent less than an hour there. There are a few section that did not seem to naturally link together or lead you through the exhibits so had to check the map a few times.

Thank Shayne B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Currently one of the best exhibitions I have seen anywhere, the contents of a trading boat bought up in Indonesian waters a few years ago

Thank tobykeen
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not on par with the V&A but the museum was lovely with some very interesting artefacts inside. They also have free little information leaflets in every room describing what is on show, something I have noticed a lot in Asia but not so much in...More

Thank KirstyKelly
Reviewed 1 week ago

Large sections of china pottery and the history behind the development and trade linkages. The special exhibit of the recovered Arab vessel with over 50,000 pieces of china is very good.

Thank Barra G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent about 1-2 hours in this museum which was enough time to enjoy the exhibits. There are free lecture tours if interested . The admission is 8$. If you are an enthusiast in history you could probably spend longer. Enjoyed the cultural exhibits

Thank Sharon G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm bothered that a number of reviewers seem to have so little appreciated this wonderful collection. Yes, due to renovations the current exhibit is somewhat small, though certainly enough to engage and delight the viewer for an hour or more. I will acknowledge that when...More

Thank Asianista
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ACM is celebrates the rich artistic heritage of Asia, especially the diverse mix of ancestral cultures of Singaporeans, brought together in this port city. A definite must see while in Singapore.

Thank MimiVoyage2012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Discovered a little by accident, but some wonderful historic collections. Spend a good 2-3 hours followed by lunch in museum restaurant which was excellent.

Thank Kamaljit S
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Alisha D
19 October 2017|
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Response from Kevin T | Reviewed this property |
You can find all the information on their website. Just few dollars for tourists but worth a visit. Lot of nice curated artifacts.
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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
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Kinhvanghoe
17 November 2015|
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Response from Ying Chun T | 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
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