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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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Be Awed By Rare Objects of Exceptional Beauty, Magnificent Masterpieces of Talented & Ingenious Craftsmanship

A visit is more meaningful when invested with an appreciation of Singapore's maritime heritage and purpose. Singapore lies between 2 oceans and is a key port in this network that... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A visit is more meaningful when invested with an appreciation of Singapore's maritime heritage and purpose. Singapore lies between 2 oceans and is a key port in this network that rivaled the more famous Silk Route through Central Asia. Think movement of glass, wood, spices,cotton, silk, ceramics, precious stones/metals. In short, one should have an interest in the bazaar economy... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The exhibits are good but very limited in range and curation. Security staff are officious and unwelcoming leaving a bad taste. There's much better Buddhist art at the tooth relic and that's also alive (a working monestary) and free to enter. We went on a Friday when admission is free. At a normal $23 this place is very poor value.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were pretty disappointed with this museum. The title promises to inform you about the history of asian civilisation, however it focuses almost entirely on history of trade. I get that it's a huge part of the foundations of Asian economy; but it's far from all of it. There are a few spatterings of religious info, but the whole thing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First time we went it was to get out of the heat, the second time was because we were so impressed with the exhibits on our first visit. Travelling exhibitions mean there is always something new to see. I highly recommend for anyone interested in Asian history.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading good reviews, this was so disappointing. Disjointed and sorry to say it, but absolutely disappointing. NOT worth visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the must visit museum in Singapore, along with then National Museum. This museum focuses on the influence of the countries and cultures surrounding Singapore and how it impacted this region.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice gallery with some extensive great Exhibits . Not a Museum fan but was happy that I visited this place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Large museum full of many artifacts from a wide variety of Asian cultures. The artifacts are both beautiful and historically relevant, ranging from clothes to sculptures to metalwork. It's an incredible collection, and laid out in a sensitive, informative way. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Am seriously impressed by the exhibitions there were when I visited. 'Christianity in South East Asia' exhibition was spoilt with relics and artifacts. Makes you want to stay there and appreciate the beautiful works of art.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A few decent special exhibitions but s lot of rest of it a bit boring. Interesting story of Magellan's right hand man.

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