Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

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Celebrate the history of the world's largest continent at Asian Civilisations Museum. Housed in an old colonial building, the giant collection showcases the diversity of Asia, but also fosters a sense of shared identity. Don't miss a remarkable display of artifacts found in a shipwreck dating back to the 9th century. Appreciate the intricately decorated ceramics and golden wares that went down on the doomed trading ship. You can enhance your experience with a guided tour of the museum--check the website for tour times. Add Asian Civilisations Museum and other attractions to your Singapore trip itinerary using our Singapore journey tool .
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  • If you are interested in ceramics, this museum is a must visit. I was blown away by the Tang Dynasty Shipwreck exhibit as well as the Buddhist art/sculpture section.  more »
  • This museum's exhibits are fascinating. the Tang Shipwreck exhibit is unparalleled in wealth of information about early commerce and exchange. Fabulous!  more »
  • Nice tour of religions in Asia, nice display, very good exhibits, it would benefit a richer collection to display.  more »
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  • EMPRESS: Delicious Asian food done in an innovative way. the atmosphere is really nice with large windows looking out into the canals(Boat Quay), and lots of natural light. If you are driving, there isn't parking at the venue -- you have to park in a building nearby (eg: National Gallery)
  • I was surprised to find this museum organized thematically rather than by race or culture. It takes a holistic view and approach to the Asian Civilization. As a result, it avoids the ugly comparisons and competition between modern day countries where all these cultures resides today. The main themes are: Trade, Faith and Religion, Designs and Materials. The museum comprises of the old colonial building and a new modern wing. The flow between the old and new building is confusing to the first time visitor. Guided tours are available. I recommend taking advantage of these tours.
  • ACM is one of the most visited museum in my list. There are a lot to see in their permanent galleries. Rotated galleries tend to bring in amazing works as well. Layout are arranged nicely so you won't get lost while going from one gallery to another. Located in Boat Quay just a few minutes across Fullerton Hotel, your feet won't stop even after you stepped out of this museum.
  • A lovely museum. Took a free guided tour. Lovely experience. Keep an eye out for smooth coated otters when you do the river side walk.
  • Awesome place to learn about the rich tapestry of Asian history in Singapore. Some of the ways artifacts are displayed are truly artistic. However the highlight is the tours. Scholarly but enjoyable.

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This neoclassical building is home to art and artefacts from all parts of Asia, including collections that connect the different cultures in the region. The Asian Civilisations Museum, located in Empress Place building close to Boat Quay, commits itself to preserving Singapore & Asia’s cultural heritage. The neoclassical building has over 2,800sqm of gallery space, a museum shop and dining options.Visitors will be exposed to art and artefacts from China, the Islamic world and parts of Southeast Asia. The museum’s collections draw historical connections between cultures, and includes objets d’art related to ancient trade routes and Tang dynasty shipwrecks. In addition to permanent galleries, special exhibitions showcase relics from museums and institutions across the globe.