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Asian Civilisations Museum

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Address: 1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
Phone Number: 6563327798
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Asian Civilisations Museum is devoted to exploring the rich artistic...

The Asian Civilisations Museum is devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans. Founded in 1993 and in its present building by the Singapore River since 2003, the museum traces its roots to the Raffles Museum, founded in the middle of the 19th century. ACM focuses on the many historical connections between the cultures of Asia, and between Asia and the world. Singapore’s history as a port city that brought people together from all over the world is used as a means of examining the history of Asia. Special exhibitions bring magnificent objects from around the world to our Singapore audience. Programmes like the annual River Nights encourage visitors to connect more closely with culture and the arts.

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The best museum for history & art of southeast asia

This museum has been around for a long time. Although not much improved, it remains the best museum about the history and art of not only Singapore but its neighbors. Spacious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum has been around for a long time. Although not much improved, it remains the best museum about the history and art of not only Singapore but its neighbors. Spacious and quiet, the venue affords you a stroll through the relatively short timeline of the country, the region and some interesting artifacts. I have not seen any rivals in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The shipwreck exhibition is fascinating and it is amazing that all these artefacts survived. The exhibitions are well set out and very open and airy. Staff are very helpful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited this unique display of Christianity depicted in art forms across Asia. Very interesting as the local religions and cultures influenced the artists' depiction of Christianity. The exhibits take an hour to 1.5 hours to complete. Not a very huge exhibit. TIPS: Note the free admission dates : 6 to 10 July, 6 to 10 August, 3 & 4 September... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We easily took the MRT and arrived before the museum opened, and on a Saturday the area was quiet. We walked around Clark Quay, walked on the pedestrian bridges, and went over to the Merlion. Because of the close proximity we were able to do all of this before the museum opened and took some very nice photos because it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My friend and I went visit Asian Civilizations Museum for the "Christianity in Asia" exhibition. The place s quiet, not very large but the space is good enough for its rich collection. The decoration is simple but decent. Worth a 1-2 hour visit. It is often with special discount for the ticket in Friday evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Coming from the UK I often find museums around the world a bit of a let down (after the British Museum, Ashmolean, V&A, etc), however, while not on the same scale the ACM is a real treasure trove of local and regional artefacts and information. It often has special exhibits on and is certainly one of the things to do... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

When I arrived, I wanted to make an inquiry and I was rudely "told" by the guy at information to go over to ticketing side. He didnt actually speak, but just pointed his finger. He's so rude that when I asked if there is a cafe there, he just said "round the corner". I think the guy should not be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum presents Asian treasures magnificently. One could easily spend hours in this building - there is so much to see and learn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We've twice had the opportunity to have a coupleof days in Singapore rather than the usual layover in Changi, so it's been great to get a feel for the city. The Asian Civilisations Museum provides a great educational historical tour of Asia - you can learn a lot about the different Asian cultures in a very short period of time.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

AT last a museum worth its name in Singapore. The permanent collections are very good, the temporary ones excellent. There is a whole floor for kids, and two absolutely amazing restaurants. It's my kids' favourite destination.

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