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“A bit difficult to find from the MRT”

Asian Civilisations Museum
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$137.50*
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Private Full Day Singapore Highlights Tour with...
Ranked #44 of 879 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: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 11, 2013

I was there when they had the wedding dress exhibition, that was good. Tourist have to pay but it was worth it, I learnt a lot about the history, culture, politics etc. and it was air conditioned! The staff there very friendly esp the security guard. Eat before you go there, as there are only 1 cafe and 1 small chinese restaurant (very dissapointed with them as they did not let me and my hungry baby in to sit down and eat) There is a food centre near by though, cheap too - the security guard told me about it.

Thank Mira J
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

During my longer stay in Singapore for Christmas I decided to visit the Asian civilisations museum located 5 minutes by walking distance from The Raffles Place. Huge classical construction along the singapore river. At that time there were two very interesting exhibitions, specially one showing us the influences of Buddhist art in Thailand civilisations like Ayuthhaia, Sukhothai and Lan. Great exhibition with extraordinary master pieces such as sculptures, ceramics, paintings, textiles etc... real treasures in an excellent museum presenetation. As european citizen fond of arts it was for me a discovery of the Southeasia artistic heritage. Just fascinating !

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

The high end quality of the objects, the displays and comfortable guidedance through its exhibitions is a great pleasure. i would visit it again. The restaurant serves fantistic food but is on the pricy side.

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

The museum covers a lot of ground - in both content and floor space. We tackled just part of the 1st floor so we weren't overwhelmed by information.
The exhibition on the Singapore River was well laid out. I recommend taking the time to read the large-format books that accompany the displays. There"s a wealth of information to be found in their pages.
The exhibition of cultural items curated on the basis of media (e.g. gold, cloth) was fascinating, particularly the intricate metalwork.
The "samples" of various Asian cultural groups (e.g. Bataks) allowed us to better appreciate the great diversity in the region.
We are looking forward to our return visit to check out more of the offerings.

Thank Su H
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

This museum's collection is impressive, make no mistake. The artifacts are all well maintained and displayed, and the entry price is very affordable (SG$8 for an adult, SG$4 for concession). However at times I felt as though the museum lacked a clear narrative in its exhibitions, which made it difficult to absorb the message that each of the eight galleries were trying to give, without having to read each and every info card. I tried doing this and a few galleries in it was getting tiring, and attempting to skim through information made it difficult to appreciate the museum.

I'd recommend you come into the museum with pick of two or three of the galleries that you'd most want to cover (separated into ethinicities). From there, I think the experience would be much more compelling.

P.S. I management is reading this, the museum at times is very dark. I appreciated the ambiance that is created but for a person with 20/20 vision, there were definitely times when the lighting was almost non-existant and information difficult to read.

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