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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
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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As per my (although limited) experience this is a unique place to get familiar with overall Asian Civilisations herritage.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

As per my (although limited) experience this is a unique place to get familiar with overall Asian Civilisations herritage.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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48 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Walking to the museum was made difficult by all the roadworks nearby. Arriving in the museum I was disappointed to see some of the galleries also closed for work. It seems that all of Singapore is in a state of transition! The museum though is serene and cool and worth the trip. There are some fascinating exhibits and some insight... More 

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It seemed as though the majority of the Asian Civilisations Museum was closed when we visited though we had no information suggesting this until we arrived. Check out what is open and maybe go again some other time.

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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Pretty extensive museums for the history buffs. The best timing to go would be in the morning as there is not any people around. A must go for those interested!

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Kathmandu, null, Nepal
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is such an extensive museum, with so many well-documented displays and exhibits that it requires considerable time and energy to see it on one visit. Good shoes are a must!

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Geneva, Switzerland
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A small museum with nothing in it. Almost no history, a very few old pieces of art. You will see the whole museum in 10 minutes. Very disappointing for a city that big. Not worth it.

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Ghaziabad, India
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is a nice and neatly laid out museum. It can't be compared to museums in Italy or the ones in India. Not much of a history to showcase. It doesn't take more than an hour or two or cover it. Some galleries are really nice.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

go if you have the time but really unless your willing to pay to go into each gallery (which we were on a tour and told we didnt have the time) but the area free of charge was ok!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Worth the visit, the artistic Koran was interesting as were the depictions of the Buddha. Written descriptions okay and exhibitions well done!

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Bellingham, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Nice way to get out of heat as very humid here. Great exhibits and nice layout. A must see if you like museums. Recommend for adults. Easy to get to with the wonderful subway.

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