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“great way to spend a hot afternoon”

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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
auckland nz
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“great way to spend a hot afternoon”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Really enjoyed this museum. Would recommend taking a free tour. Admission discounted with singapore airline boarding pass

Visited March 2013
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
“The less-common among the many museums in the little Red Dot”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

While singapore has no century-old long standing museums , all international art work, it focuses on things that it is good at...

For e.g. the ACM, has permanent exhibition on artifacts related to buddhism and other religions, nonetheless did not turn the place like a temple or religious venue...
That is its magic!

A must-go for first timer and all Singaporeans...even my relative from Hong Kong picked this museum as the first choice when she re-visited Singapore recently...

Visited April 2012
3 Thank Jay H
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very informative!”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Spent several hours at this museum and learned so much about the history of the area! The guards were really helpful and kind. One showed me how to use an interactive map, which I had totally missed! It made the exhibit much more interesting! They have some wonderful artifacts!

Visited March 2013
Thank Judy H
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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Average Museum”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

To a Singaporean, it is an average museum. It may be a better experience for tourists though. They need to spruce the exhibits a little and bring in newer exhibits that would be of interest to everyone.

Visited March 2013
Thank shehnazlovestotravel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“time well spent”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

very close to the marina this a a great place to spend a warm afternoon. 3 to 4 hours for history enthusiasts. great displays and informative.
for smaller children i would recomend that they attend the storey telling sessions that happen free. a lost tradition: done very well.

Visited March 2013
Thank Mohitoswal
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