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Asian Civilisations Museum

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Address: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555, Singapore
Phone Number: 65 6332 2982
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Trace the cultural roots of the island’s diverse population through the...
Trace the cultural roots of the island’s diverse population through the museum’s interactive displays. Virtual hosts greet you at each of the themed exhibits, which focus on the peoples of Southeast Asia, West Asia, South Asia and China. There is a steady rotation of special exhibitions and a fantastic museum shop. Exhibit highlights of this diverse cultural museum include a ninth-century Buddha and a Chinese snuff box.
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This place has on display a number of collectibles. You should do this place if you are interested in seeing the stuff from the past. This place is very close to Merlion park so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This place has on display a number of collectibles. You should do this place if you are interested in seeing the stuff from the past. This place is very close to Merlion park so you can spend some time here and then move to the merlion.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Renovations are taking place so only certain sections are open. They have a section with artefacts from across the region and also a section going over some of the history of Singapore and the river. There are free guided tours also which I believe are at 11 and 2 (not sure if they run every day though)

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Decatur, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Many of the rooms were closed for renovation, but two key displays were available: the Asian artifacts and Jackie Chan's 12 zodiac animals. The Asian artifacts were among some of the best I have seen in Asian, North American, and European museums, especially for artifacts related to Indonesia. I gave it a rating of 4 only because of the renovation.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

They seem to be undergoing some sort of reorganization. About half of the rooms were empty. On the other hand, what was there was interesting and free.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

There is a lot of information in this museum about the civilization in South-East Asia. I've been there when I already lived in Singapore for a while and therefore it made more sense. I'm not sure if I'd liked it if I didn't know anything from the region already. Now I had some reference which made me remember more of... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Colonial era building and free entry in this museum. Parts were closed but lots to see including native dress, Buddhas, brass drums, jewellery from many of the surrounding Asiian cultures. History of the trade along the Singapore river and Raffles contribution.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Must go even if you dont like musuems - take photos, walk along the singapore river. The exhibits always change so if you like do check out their last days so you dont miss it.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Entry was free. The exhibits were priceless. I also had a nice semi-private tour from a qualified guide to explain the exhibition to me. This was a wonderful experience, both in terms of personal service and the displays. The exhibits also change regularly. It's worth revisiting. Thanks to the Museum for their wonderful hospitality.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

If you take MRT, stop at Raffles Place and exit at UOB Plaza. Take a right turn and you will see the building just across Singapore River. Cross the Cavenagh Brige on your right, to arrive at the building. The admission is free, and if you are lucky you can run into occassionally thematic seminars or art performances. It exhibits... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

suggest visiting the Peranakan museum before visiting this one, or the National Museum to give a good background to the history of Singapore. Walk through the display of Buddhas to see some amazing jewellery and other artefacts from all over Asia. Free entry at the moment as renovations are underway.

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