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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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In-depth look at Asia

One of the coolest parts is the the Tang Shipwreck and the Trade galleries on the 1st floor. Overall, you gain a proper understanding of Asian culture, particularly South East... read more

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

One of the coolest parts is the the Tang Shipwreck and the Trade galleries on the 1st floor. Overall, you gain a proper understanding of Asian culture, particularly South East Asia.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The ACM is currently half-closed for renovations but what is still open is amazing. The first gallery of Indian and Islamic art is very boring. The real gems of the collection are on the ground floor: the Tang Shipwreck and the Trade galleries. The objects recovered from the shipwreck are amazing - 60,000 completely different bowls last above the water... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Do yourself a favour and take a free guided tour (1 hour, at 11 am or 2 pm) of museum highlights. In particular, the incredible shipwreck exhibit - the shipwreck was discovered and salvaged in 1998, and 65,000 perfectly preserved ceramic bowls dating back to the 9th century were found and then painstakingly restored. This part of the museum will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A wonderful place to catch up with friends and family over the weekends, food and service are good. opt for outdoor seating if you like the view of the river

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Mandurah, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved this museum and would recommend to any tourist. Very interesting and so well set out. In a great area by the river and close to many other fabulous tourist attractions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was recommended to me by a local and I was not disappointed. I took the hour tour of the museum and learned a lot about the culture of Singapore at this museum. Very close to other touristy spots, so the hour or two that I spent at the ACM continued along the river and then other museums in the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a bonding session by completing task within ACM. This is a wonderful way to learn more about history and at the same time bonding with your colleagues. ACM is a beautiful place with friendly staff who are there to assist you, if you need help.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Never short of interesting exhibits that will be put on display from time to time! When hungry, go across the short bridge for a wide variety of food

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a must visit for someone who want to know much more about culture in Asia. Many sculptures, paintings, artifacts, and art perform shown every week.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not a Museum person but this one took me by surprise. There is so much to see and appreciate in this museum.The Art and Culture of various Asian countries is displaced beautifully. It is very interesting to go though the history of how Singapore was and how it transformed. A great place to take your kids.

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