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Asian Civilisations Museum

1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555, Singapore (Downtown Core)
65 6332 2982
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Ranked #13 of 338 Attractions in Singapore
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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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New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Take the 1 hour guided tour conducted by volunteers -- they are passionate and knowledgeable and the tour is a great introduction into to the museum history, layout and key pieces. Although the museum is small, it is carefully curated with excellent descriptions/explanations. The special exhibition, China Mania (the porcelain, not the country), was very interesting with wonderful storytelling.

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Perth Western Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We have visited Singapore many times and even walked past this museum! we are very pleased that this time we went to view the museum and its collections. We easily spent 3 hours gaining insight into the development of this wonderful city and country. Many of the displays brought back memories of the short time we lived in Singapore during... More

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Palo Alto, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
14 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

There are many museums of Asian Civilization but this one stands out among all of them. Their permanent collection takes you step by step trip through history in a very unique and novel way. Their special shows are always innovative and exciting to see. This museum is one of my first stops when I visit Singapore.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This museum is one of the most beautiful in south-east Asia. Not only because it describes many different cultures of south-east Asia. It also has many splendid things on display. A very nice museum to wander around and enjoy all the beauty inside this temple of art.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Interesting place which gives you a good look into the early days of the city and the people who built it. If your into that kind off things then must visit. Spare 2-3 hours at least for this place.

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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We took the guided tour as the museum is large and has so many exhibits or we just wouldn't have got round it. It's very interesting and well worth a visit

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Not too bad. We decided to do the tour and I wished we hadn't. The guide was nice enough but her focus was on China Mania. I found that side of it quite boring. I wish we had walked around at our own leisure

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BALEARES
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Quiet place where you can learn about the culture and history of Asia, this perfectly maintained, explained, the lighting is perfect. On hot days is a good time to visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

An absolute must to gain snap-shot of Singapore history. Like every place in Singapore it is spotlessly clean and inviting. Right now, ChinaMania, "The Global Passion for Porcelain" is on display and will remain until December 14/14. The entire museum is spectacular and well worth your time. Gorgeous ancient textiles, costumes, artifacts alongside truly fabulous porcelain. Lovely!

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Bowie, Maryland
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I'm not a big museum person, but this one was ok. It gave some interesting background; the problem is, Singapore doesn't have a lot of its own history, since it's a relatively new country. It did have some displays on different foods and clothing, and a room that displayed a bed that people would lay on when they died. It's... More

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