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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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A must for any lover of history

The ACM provides visitors with an insight to the cultures of the surrounding area. Packed with exhibits from all around Asia, the museum is a wonderful way to spend a few hours in... read more

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The ACM provides visitors with an insight to the cultures of the surrounding area. Packed with exhibits from all around Asia, the museum is a wonderful way to spend a few hours in an cool building enriching your Singapore exprience

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Phang Nga, Thailand
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice museum near the river in the old area. Colonial building to watch outside, and good exhibitions inside.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting museum but only for a short visit. Had some nice things but has a weird lay out. Enjoyed sunken ship exhibit

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must see museum , the amazing history of this great young nation , really to be recommended when in Singapore

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I like Singapore's main museums. Like this one, they feel spacious and beautiful. There is a lot to learn about local culture and history and the museum often organises events.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are always special a few exhibitions that showcase objects borrowed from museums around the world. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great collection of artifacts from Asia that showcase the ancient Asian civilizations. The Tang shipwreck exhibit was outstanding and helped me understand Singapore's importance on the trade routes going back to the 9th century

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I didnt care too much of the rest of the museum, but the first floor with the Tang ship wreck and the artifacts that were found on it was amazing. Its worth visiting for that.

Thank Kevin K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hear a lot about this museum. It's notbad but we expected to se more exhibits there. If you have many days to spwnd in Singapore then visit it, otherwise you can skip it.

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good place to visit !!! has good Chinese collection represented by fine Dehua porcelain figures, Taoist and Buddhistic statuary, export porcelain, calligraphy and other examples of decorative art

Thank Orwin L

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