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“Wonderful and quaint museum.” 4 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 #23 of 564 things to do in Singapore
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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“Wonderful and quaint museum.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I would consider ACM my fave museum in Singapore so far. I love the variety of exhibits and collections. It is a wonderful museum but it is lacking a little spice or another minor attraction - to have a small cafe: to enjoy a sip of tea/coffee and dessert after perusing their collections.

Visited January 2014
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“One of the best museums anywhere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We went on a Sunday morning and coincidentally arrived just in time for the English language tour. There were only 5 people on the tour so our docent could gear his presentation to our interests, in the context of his overall tour. The docent, Sanjay, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The museum presents the various cultures of Asia, with info on history, religion, and a thorough selection of artifacts without overwhelming you with too much to look at. The lighting design is amazingly accurate so items are illuminated completely and separately so you really concentrate on one item at a time.
I will definitely go back on my next visit to Singapore and spend more time to explore the extensive collection. Plus the air conditioning is a great relief from the outdoor weather!

Visited March 2014
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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“Small with a lot of variety.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

It didn't take ages to go around all the exhibits as it usually does, which is a really good aspect. It's a great introduction to Singapore, how it developed through time but also about surrounding civilisations. It included interesting exhibits about the export businesses, textiles, musical instruments, religious beliefs and culture.
It doesn't take long, do give it a try.

Visited March 2014
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Hong Kong, China
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“Kudos to the curators”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Have consistently enjoyed ACM for it's unique exhibitions and thoughtful presentations. Children's activities (also for the young-at-heart) are creative, fun yet educational. A great escape from the tropical heat. Highly recommended.

Visited February 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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“Nice Collection”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

They had a solid collection across all of Asia, the Singapore history was interesting. I was hoping for more interactive exhibits and more stories. Felt closer to an art museum at times.

Visited September 2013
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