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Asian Civilisations Museum

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Address: 1 Empress Place, 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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A real find for those interested in history and art

This highly recommended museum is located in an historic colonial era building. Nicely remodeled. The exhibition of the 9th century shipwreck findings is outstanding and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This highly recommended museum is located in an historic colonial era building. Nicely remodeled. The exhibition of the 9th century shipwreck findings is outstanding and creatively displayed. Excellent collections of porcelain, china, furniture, etc. A special exhibition of Religion and Christianity in Asia was one of the best of its kind I have ever visited with original documents and items... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a good museum with interesting exhibits and well put together information. We had several young children in tow and while there was a children's area it was closed at the time we visited.

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Nagpur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Located at Empress Plaza it is one of the four museums of Singapore . Through it collection of artifacts , memorabilia and photographic information it presents a very good idea of Asian Civilation. In recent past Tang ship wreck collection has been opened on permanent basis.. There are always new collections obtained and displayed for limited period Due to this... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I expected much more from the Asian Civilisations Museum. The rooms display little artefacts and there are changing exhibits. A good option for a rainy day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been to the museum 3 times now and enjoyed it every time. Renovations and extensions have been recently completed and the space ahs been used really well with new interesting galleries. A great place for anyone interested in Asian culture and the way east and west have interacted over time. Great place to spend a few hours and always... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is great for tourist so they would learn Asian history. The museum is well maintained and the staff are real friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have an enquiring mind go to this place and time your visit with a free guided tour. The guides are ex Ellen you will learn alot.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to visit for a brief escape from the heat/humidity. There is a small charge. Some great exhibits which do give you an idea of the interesting history of Asian civilisations. Not really my thing, but my partner loved it. Not an all day museum trip. We spent about an hour hear looking around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum id free entry for Singapore Citizens and PRs to general display only. Special, needs to pay. The ceramic displays from the shipwreck off was interesting. They the expertise of kiln firing, dye application and imagination if the craftsmen. As the displays from this shipwreck were for commercial trade, the decoration was not as exquisite compared with those meant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited for the second time; in particular to see the Chinese ceramics exhibition on the third floor. This isn't a large museum and can be done probably at a leisurely pace in an hour and a half. Or if you work at nearby Raffles Place, you can probably complete your visit over two lunch time sessions. The building has... More 

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