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Asian Civilisations Museum

1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555, Singapore (Downtown Core)
65 6332 2982
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As featured in 3 days in Singapore
Ranked #14 of 336 Attractions in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Well documented and organised museum. There are many sections covering a very wide range of subject, so yo may want to visit it more than once: for me it was a bit too much to try and do it all in a single visit, but I enjoyed it. It may be a good idea to join a guided tour? Fascinating... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

For someone lacking in culture this was really interesting. We were here during the Chinamania which was a really exceptional exhibit. Overall the exhibits were fascinating and the displays of china was really quite amazing. To be inches away from artefacts dating back hundreds of years was amazing. Only issue we found was that some of the display explanations were... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Very good place to stop by for a couple of hours. The ACM is jam-packed with artefacts and relics and interactive exhibits on South-East asian cultures such as Khmer, Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and so on and so forth. I was actually a bit surprised that the ACM held so much and was so educational.

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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

you need time to see this around. do not hurry else you will miss the essence of the place. anyone who has interest in trivia and history should pay a visit. kids may not like except that open spaces to run around!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We took our two sons aged 9 and 12 to this museum. Not sure why but it was almost empty when we arrived around midday. The museum is set over two floors and sadly two halls were closed for refurbishment. We learnt a great deal about Singapore and its surrounding countries. The artefacts are well presented with placards in English.... More

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The Asian Civilisations Museum is relatively small, although much larger than the grotty old one off Orchard Road. It has a very well put together collection and is worth a visit. The whole thing will take an hour, and you can reward yourself with a refreshing drink along Boat Quay afterwards.

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Bilbao, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Well curated, many pieces on show.Missed an audioguide but many explanation pannels. Worth the visit to make an idea of the history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

the place is okay to walk around but the weather so hot at that time, lucky didn't come there at the weekend so less people and very quite

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Located in a beautiful historic building just outside the financial district, this museum has some rather interesting exhibits. Among the many exhibits showing various aspects of Asian civilization, there is also one small section for pre-colonial and colonial Singapore that I found fascinating, but wish was larger. Other permanent exhibits include India, China, and South East Asia. The building layout... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It's difficult to be fair about the museum: it was well laid out, a good representation of artifacts but we've seen most of the displays indepth in museums in their own countries so I am not sure how exciting it would be to people where this is their first encounter of these items (like, for example, the dagger hilt of... More

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