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Asian Civilisations Museum

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Address: 1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
Phone Number: 6563327798
10:00 am - 9:00 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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Small but beautiful

Housed in a beautiful historic building, the museum has several galleries showcasing artifacts that help one understand different aspects of Asian history. Just as we purchased... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Housed in a beautiful historic building, the museum has several galleries showcasing artifacts that help one understand different aspects of Asian history. Just as we purchased the tickets, a free tour was starting, and the docent (Mr. Xao if I have spelt it right) took us through a wonderful journey over the next hour, walking us through select galleries and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The civic district has beautiful architecture from SG's British past. this little gem of a museum has many interesting artefacts inside. Most impressive of all is the Tang Shipwreck than my children enjoyed very much.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is excellent. We spend over 2 hours there and really enjoyed the magnificent porcelain collections. The large exhibition of articles salvaged from an ancient shipwreck is AMAZING -- a must see. We've never seen anything like this superb presentation. Take the time to go to this museum if you're in Singapore for business or pleasure -- you won't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you are interested in Singapore's history - visit the National Musuem of Singapore. If you would like to deepen your appreciation of Asian civilisation in general, then this is the museum for you. The Tang shipwreck display is well presented and there is a significant amount of pottery on display though which the historical story of trade among the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is great for those wanting to know more about Asian history. It's very enjoyable, but to much information for one day. I spent two full days there, and still felt like I hadn't seen everything.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in the culture, do visit this museum. And quite frankly, I can't see the point of travelling if you don't want to learn about other cultures. I had an excellent tour here and learnt so much. I just love this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good and more interesting way for kids (and adults) to learn about history of Asian. Very nice place! Lots of things to see and discover.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a most interesting attraction, with quite a lot of cultural information from very early days to the most recent. The ship wreck display and information is something else. The nature of the information may stretch the ability of children to enjoy the attraction, but to get a taste of the broad history well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has so much to see - and all of it fascinating. If you want to understand the religion and culture of Asia (from the Indian Sub-Continent to South East Asia and China, then this is the place to come. Well set out with good, clear explanations everywhere. And all for 4 Singapore Dollars each (a concession price because... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

sharing knowledge with your kids, and having a nice and ease afternoon. many paintings and historical things displaying

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