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Asian Civilisations Museum

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Address: 1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
Phone Number:
+65 6332 7798
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

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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Nice multi-cultural cultural attraction

This museum mirrors the civilizations of different peoples who have made Singapore their home. So there are more than 1000 artifacts from West Asia, South East Asia and China

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good place to spend some time when too hot or raining in Singapore. Good for those interested in Asian history. Very quiet, appeals to most.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum mirrors the civilizations of different peoples who have made Singapore their home. So there are more than 1000 artifacts from West Asia, South East Asia and China

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a good museum located inside a beautiful historical building. However, the display style is a little too traditional and not so much interactive. I guess, adults who are interested in Asian history would probably enjoy this place more than younger people.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

had a few hours to kill and this was one of the best impromptu choices we made.. it was not too pricey for the entrance fee.. but we gain a lot and we got a little more cultured a long the way.. great place..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is already because of the coverage of many Asian civilisations highly fascinating! But they are working on a modernisation of their whole concept and the part that was already finished was extremely well done and appropriate for all!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The ACM, housed in a beautiful, historic building on the river, is a wonderful venue that provides a plenary and relaxing museum experience. Particularly noteworthy is the superb display of pieces from the Tang shipwreck, a world class synoptic installation of objects that gives the viewer insight into the extensive trade routes of the 9th century. It's truly breathtaking. Other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely building, fantastic items, great historical detail & a lovely restaurant where we had a tea break during our visit and dinner at the end. Well worthy of your time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there twice. They have Tang Dynasty horses and soldiers and quite a bit of amazing pottery. They let me take photographs, which I appreciated. Terrific catalogs.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a pleasant surprise, when I went to the museum, for the month of December admission is free !! It is really a museum which gives you a small overview of some Asian cultures. Worth taking a look, you'll need about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, so it's not too wearing. Could do with some interactive exhibits.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice musuem, very education with very good exhibits. Constantly constantly changing the exhibits thus you can visit this museum very often..

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