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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
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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
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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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this is worth a visit the museum itself is well laid out and the staff are very friendly. The exhibition was beautiful

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

this is worth a visit the museum itself is well laid out and the staff are very friendly. The exhibition was beautiful

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fantastic museum with an unbelievable collection. We saw the Tang Shipwreck exhibit and it blew me away. Trade between China and Iraq in the 900's. Good descriptions of trade in Asia and Singapore's place in it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoy the display of a shipwreck displaying china and porcelain that was made in 9th century that was found in the 1990s. A wonderful find and quite amazing. Also you will find pottery pitchers made 5000BC. Within this Museum are other exhibits from Burma.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited last week and it was free as the exhibitions are closing soon. We had a fantastic guided tour of the Port Cities exhibition with a volunteer guide. He knew so much and made it fun and brought an already superbly curated exhibition alive. We are going back next week for the Myanmar exhibition. The collection here is breathtaking.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Various asian galleries to learn more about asia and singapore. Lots of artefacts and information for visitors. Occasional events and temporary exhibits

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed wondering around. The building, I thought was superb. I would call it quietly elegant, but a peaceful place to wonder around and enjoy.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there with my friends. Had a wonderful array of exhibitions. There was a huge rice grain there that the security guard make us guess what it was. The people were also very friendly. The architecture was impressive. Only recommend to those interested in architects and history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place never fails or disappoints. Always an interesting exhibition on, well curated, creatively displayed, and not so big as to be overwhelming or cause "art fatigue"! The focus on Asian culture, art, history and commerce makes it a great place to bring visitors to Singapore. Also has some kid-friendly spaces with activities for the little ones.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed visiting this museum. It’s in a classic Colonial era building. There are many well displayed exhibits on various Asian cultures over the ages. We especially enjoyed the creative display of the ceramics from the 9th century from the Tang Shipwreck. Well worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to Singapore many times but this was our first visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum (or to be accurate our first two visits because we went back). Fascinating exhibits - particularly the Tang shipwreck - and well worth a couple of hours. We were lucky and hit a guided gallery tour/talk on our first visit and that was... More 

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