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“Culture Hit”

Asian Civilisations Museum
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Half-Day Private Group Singapore River Cruise
Ranked #30 of 809 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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“Culture Hit”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Fantastic and beautiful exhibits, highlighting the different cultures that make Singapore so diverse. Great place to head on a rainy day. Check the times for the free tours, the guides are informative and you'll learn some interesting new facts.

Visited April 2012
2 Thank SallyVernon1985
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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148 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A must go”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Underrated place... The peranakan Display is amazing and well presented. Singapore should have more places like this !

Visited August 2012
Thank Teekeon
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Brisbane, Australia
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38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Culture without colonialism”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Singapore is so international that you could almost forget it's in Asia. This museum is an elegant attempt to present Singapore as something more than a bustling conglomeration of foreign interests and commerce. There are some fine examples of classical Chinese art displayed in a serene (fashionably dark) modern setting. The range of artefacts from other Asian countries is very good. It's a small, but impressively sophisticated museum.

Visited May 2012
Thank Chris F
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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205 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Really lovely museum with great stories about the early migrants to Singapore. A real history lesson and definitely would recommend it.

Visited October 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“Impressed with the extensive exhibits”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

I was there recently for the Islamic Arts from SEA exhibitions and was really impressed with the collections. There were also other exhibits on other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism on display. And I was delighted to see the other south east Asian collections too. For a small admission fee, this is a real treat worth every cent of it.

Thank rjasmin
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