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Asian Civilisations Museum

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Address: 1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
Phone Number:
+65 6332 7798
10:00 - 19:00
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Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Thu 10:00 - 19:00
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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The display was various. Loved the contemporary pieces on the top level outside. The detail behind the work was very moving. The artifacts were both beautiful and amazing.

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Pinjarra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

The display was various. Loved the contemporary pieces on the top level outside. The detail behind the work was very moving. The artifacts were both beautiful and amazing.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Invited to a party at the empress resturant at the museum and was pleasantly surprised at the food and wine selections. The location is a gorgeous waterfront venue in the museum. The staff were very attentive and the food better than your average museum resturant. Was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions. When we visited it, someone approached us and offered free guidance, which was very informative, helpful and interesting. Definitely worth visiting.

Thank Astghik M
Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is very centrally located just opposite the canal and opposite the famous Fullerton Hotel. The tour starts with the Tang Ship wreck gallery and a map of all the ceramic kilns along China coast found in Singapore.Gives an indication of trade routes. It has broad layouts on the ground, first and second floor. The directions are very poor... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An overview of Asian civilisations. Free when we visited, would have paid for it though. After walking around the air conditioned rooms you can sit in or outside at the cafe. Shop for souvenirs too

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was really looking forward to this museum, but have to say that it was probably the worst Asian museum I have seen. Many countries outside of Asia have better Asian museums than this! Not sure why the rating is so high... must have been the first Asian museum that they have seen.

Thank Andrew J
Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Having read about the great collections at the ACM and having a great interest in art, societies and Asia, this museum was actually one of the main reasons why I decided to visit Singapore on a recent trip to the region. Unfortunately, I found it quite disappointing. The pieces on display are indeed interesting. However, as others have already mentioned... More 

Thank c3dr0n
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As the name suggests, all Asia countries history and heritage covered here. From old rare coins of the various Empires and Dynasties to weapons & attire samples all here. For the entry fee it seriously is nice & cool place to go on a hot sunny lazy afternoon. Super educational and as an adult just reminds me of all the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is yet another world-class museum in this amazing city. Fantastic exhibits; each one better than the last. Especially the Tang shipwreck. Detailed brochures available for each gallery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum has found itself a fitting home in this beautiful colonial era building. Perfectly renovated in the inside and well preserved on the outside, the museum exhibitions are very interesting and informative. Absolutely perfect way to spend a hot humid afternoon in Singapore. Keep about a good hour or two depending on the exhibition at the time.

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