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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 - 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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an unexpected history tail about a harbour city

we went just for ome 30 minutes visit and stayed about 2 hours. It is not big but extremely modern as a prsentation concept, each Hall presenting different part of the local... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

we went just for ome 30 minutes visit and stayed about 2 hours. It is not big but extremely modern as a prsentation concept, each Hall presenting different part of the local heritage and culture. just in the city center, nearby their Parliament.Each hall starts with a screen from which an expert museologist decribe the heritage presented in the hall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I believe a couple of hours is what you should allow for most museums or art galleries, even though many probably need 5+ hours. Well, 2 hours was insufficient for ACM - so much history, so many rooms (some hard to access) and a great variety of exhibits. I particularly liked some of ceramics and the few limited paintings showing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of information about history of SG & helpful staff with detailed instructions. Be there before 530PM and dedicate a day if you are a history lover. You can cover major important parts in 2-3 hrs if you are a visitor. Excellent exhibits with information mentioned.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well curated and displayed exhibits of artifacts from South East Asian civilisations. The permanent displays of Chinese porcelains and also artifacts from a sunken Tang era ship discovered in Indonesian waters, plus others are already worth the visit. There are also featured exhibits which are seasonal, please do visit their website for more information. For those with young children, there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For those who is interested in Singapore history and culture, this is the place which had good collection of Singapore history before WWII till now.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great pit stop to enjoy and learn more about the asian civilisations that melded to form the Singaporean community

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very impressive museum - very interesting artefacts that give you good insight and information about the history S'por

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum gives nice insight to all the interesting artefacts found there. I find it convenient that they have themed displays, including ancient religions, Christianity and ceramics. The staff were very polite and the surroundings were very clean, so I that this museum is worth going to... if you like history. If you're a daredevil or an adrenaline seeker, this... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum give a nice overview of the history of the area. The ship wreck found in Indonesian waters is interesting to see. It had a very diverse cargo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Asian Civilisations Museum features themed galleries, including Chinese ceramics, ancient religions, trade, and Christianity in Asia. But my particular interest when I visited was the Tang Shipwreck display. In 1998 a shipwreck was discovered off Belitung Island in the Java Sea. It turned out to be a Tang Dynasty ship trading to the Middle East and contained more than... More 

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