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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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Favourite museum in Singapore

This place never fails or disappoints. Always an interesting exhibition on, well curated, creatively displayed, and not so big as to be overwhelming or cause "art fatigue"! The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Sharmila C
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went there with my friends. Had a wonderful array of exhibitions. There was a huge rice grain there that the security guard make us guess what it was. The people were also very friendly. The architecture was impressive. Only recommend to those interested in architects and history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place never fails or disappoints. Always an interesting exhibition on, well curated, creatively displayed, and not so big as to be overwhelming or cause "art fatigue"! The focus on Asian culture, art, history and commerce makes it a great place to bring visitors to Singapore. Also has some kid-friendly spaces with activities for the little ones.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed visiting this museum. It’s in a classic Colonial era building. There are many well displayed exhibits on various Asian cultures over the ages. We especially enjoyed the creative display of the ceramics from the 9th century from the Tang Shipwreck. Well worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to Singapore many times but this was our first visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum (or to be accurate our first two visits because we went back). Fascinating exhibits - particularly the Tang shipwreck - and well worth a couple of hours. We were lucky and hit a guided gallery tour/talk on our first visit and that was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

very nice place for family with kids, fun learning & bonding. with group of friend also enjoyable, relax & knowledgable trip

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum gathers interesting artifacts, memorabilia from all over Asia. Therefore if you are history geek, this is the place to go. Not only that, they have a great Live Band Bar at night called Timbre, on their grounds. The Duck Pizza and fruit beers are a must try!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum is at very convenient location;Building itself is colonial and very beautiful, Staff is co-operative. Very good collection and arrangement is as per historical timelines. When we visited there was additional exhibit for Asiatic art and sculptures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

love the place and it is not crowded Singapore history is at the first floor There will be other themes at Baement 1 which worth to take a look as well

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If Asia is of interest or part of your life there is sure to be something here. Not on the scale of some large museums on the continent,but some great exhibits...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For those who want to get a glimpse of artfifects and history of Asia. Come by and its worth a visit

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