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Asian Civilisations Museum

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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Empress Place Empress Place Building, Singapore 179555, Singapore
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Reviewed today via mobile

Such a collection of delights in this stunning building. Much was new to me and so glad I made the visit

Thank RobininBRISTOL
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Reviewed yesterday

A beautifully laid out museum.Modern displays with some amazing artefacts . Happily sent a morning in air condition comfort. There was an amazing display of crockery from a shipwreck in a very modern way.

Thank kayandrayj
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Absolutely fascinating museum, which bucks the usual trend of separating Asian artefacts one from another( this is the Korean section, this the Indian section, this the Malayan, this the Chinese etc etc ). Instead it shows how via trade in particular , the various religions...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a great destination for art appreciator/lover. It has contemporary and historical works. The tang Shipwreck is an amazing collection of crafted objects from 11century. Visited twice to just see collection again!

Thank redsilver22
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The "sunken ship" exhibit is wonderful. I want a set of those plates for myself even if they're neither dishwasher nor microwave safe. The rest of the Chinese pottery on exhibit is also terrific and the "religion " exhibit is very interesting. Visiting is well...More

Thank Watsson
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Reviewed 1 week ago

wonderful exhibits and very helpful staff. We loved every moment of the visit. This is a fantastic museum that presents Asian links and influences in trade, art and religion.

Thank elscaramel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here for the light to dark festival. The most interesting exhibit was the OH! exhibit where you can take photos in a kaleidoscope of lights

Thank Yihao N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Minimal cost (8 MYR ??). Guided 1 hour tour at no charge and althougth tours are not my thing I was fascinated with the stories behind some of the exhibits. Number one for me was the artifacts from the Tang shipwreck found in 1998 and...More

Thank Marilynne C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent museum full of anthropological, archaeological, religious and art history content, in a beautiful building and location. The free guided tours are highly informative. If you’re lucky, hopefully Johnny will be there to give you a tour: he gave us an incredibly informative and intimate...More

Thank Rian T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One hour guided tour was free, guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Afterward you were free to roam and explore further. Excellent display of recovered shipwreck items including hundreds of ceramics. Stunning statues showing a mix of cultures, religions.

Thank Austin_TexasRedhead
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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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