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Asian Civilisations Museum

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1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
+65 6332 7798
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
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"singapore river"
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"free guided tour"
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"different cultures"
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"singapore history"
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"free admission"
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an overwhelming museum, full of great information about the history of Asia and how trade between nations built it. The signage is in English and well-done. My one complaint, such as it is, is that there is almost too much to see in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My absolute favorite museum. Has improved a lot over the years. Good special exhibitions. Friendly staff.

Thank Eric J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We could not get the staff to actually stop attending to their own problems and sell us a ticket to enter this museum. We were keen to see the Tang Shipwreck display but sadly we were denied this. Sorry, but they could do better.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely museum that will take sometime to walk around,. You can see all the influences of other Asian cultures and it helps to understand how Singapore is a melting pot of cultures.

Thank Catherine C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I asked around friends in Singapore about this museum, they were unaware. As were cab drivers. The internet came to the rescue and I am glad it did. To me, a die-hard history buff, the Asian Civilizations Museum was the highlight of my visit...More

Thank Arrjun
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As people have already said, the Tang Shipwreck by itself is excellent. It's the first exhibit you see too. Lots of pieces from all over Asia, ceramics, stone, wood, fabric, and everything in between. Good layout, clean, no issues at all. I think the Ankor...More

Thank KW M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

4th April 2018 Such a good place to visit for learning something about history back then. I was impressed the way they layout the item and display with the nice information. Cleanliness is superb,security guard also friendly and helpful to show the right direction to...More

Thank Muhammad Dziaud... M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in ceramics, this museum is a must visit. I was blown away by the Tang Dynasty Shipwreck exhibit as well as the Buddhist art/sculpture section.

Thank Knorts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum's exhibits are fascinating. the Tang Shipwreck exhibit is unparalleled in wealth of information about early commerce and exchange. Fabulous!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice tour of religions in Asia, nice display, very good exhibits, it would benefit a richer collection to display.

Thank gpagot
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Alisha D
19 October 2017|
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Response from Phillip S | Reviewed this property |
For Singaporeans, it's free entry, otherwise for tourists, it's fairly cheap. Prices range from $2 to $8, and for a family of 5 it's $24. All on their website :-)
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Tavi A
5 July 2016|
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Response from Donna N | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about the closings of some exhibits, maybe the special exhibit is being changed. I found the museum and their collections exceptional! I can spend half a day viewing the different collections. The Southeast... More
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Kinhvanghoe
18 November 2015|
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Response from Ying Chun T | Property representative |
Hi there, if you are planning to visit the museum and attend a guided tour, there are free guided tours every day, run by different museum volunteer/docent groups. The English tours are at 11am (Daily), 2pm (Daily), 3pm... More
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