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“Best museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum
1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555, Singapore (Downtown Core)
65 6332 2982
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Ranked #11 of 279 Attractions in Singapore
Type: Museums
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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 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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Perth, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Best museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I think its a must to all travellers visiting Singapur. Have 2 hours to check it out at least so you can leave with a bit of history about Singapure and the rest of asia.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“An excellent overview of the various cultures that make up Singapore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We only had time for a fairly brief visit so did a short guided tour which gave us a good overview of the various cultures. Very good guide. Would like to have had more time to also explore on our own. Some lovely exhibits.

Visited October 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“a little to sterile”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Read the reviews before going and decided that I had to visit this place, but I became a little disspointed. Ok so they have glass boxes with some very old bits in them, but in some places they were spread out as if you were in some high class art museum. I like the museums that make you feel you are going back in time and the articfacts are built into show cases showing how they were used. Here they are in glass boxes, often on their own or with a couple of other bits. there was plenty of write up's on the bits but after a while you don't want to read another monolog of this vase, or that sword. On 3 floors, there is a lift that can take you up, but take the offered guide map as you can esily get lost as you wonder from one area to the next. There are some interactive screens where you can listed to different stories, but no audio gulde that some people like. Cost $8 adult

Visited November 2013
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Darwin, Australia
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“Cool quiet and informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

a cool oasis on a hot day in downtown Singapore. Often has special exhibitions so need to check those out in a current brochure. Regular exhibitions give a good overview of historical context of much of Asia, especially SE Asia. For Australians, a good introduction to the history of the region - since most do not ever study the area

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We were lucky to join a free guided tour of this very interesting museum. I'd recommend it to others visiting Singapore.

Visited November 2013
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