Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

4.4
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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  • Good place to visit. The place is well equipped with lots of information on the Asian civilisation. I spent at least two to three hours looking and reading all the description.  more »
  • Singapore is in the field as trade relay ground there was exhibited materials relating to them. China and India, there was a material such as Buddhist from goods and culture and also Afghanistan Kandahar. In 2017, 11-point part seems to strengthen further.
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  • Close to city centre. A cool quiet place to get out of the heat. Very interesting exhibitions. If you're tired of asian food the cafe is airconditioned and offers some European food which is reasonabl...  more »
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  • In my opinion it is nowhere near as good as the 5 star rating suggests. Most of the content is porcelain and earthenware, few interesting things as furniture or clothes or jewelry or weapons. The exhibitions themselves are kind of interesting but barely have a connecting theme which is trade. Some facts are repeated so if you start reading another wall of text you might get annoyed to find another three sentences that say that there was a lot of trade with China. A major annoyance is that names and descriptions of the exhibits are not placed individually in front of the exhibit but are on a separate sign (see picture). If for example you are interested in one of the twelve exhibits in a glass cube, you have to skim over all the description trying to figure out which belongs to which. This gets tiring very quickly and I didn't bother trying to understand what I was looking at after a while. The rooms themselves are nice and spacious. It's cheap so if you are close by and interested in earthenware and porcelain check it out, but I can't recommend it to anyone else.
  • I met a volunteer guide named Swan. She is a doctor and she has this hobby for 16 years. She is so elegant and so open to the public. I admire her and I think she is an example for us.
  • Great museum with a lot of exhibits. It has three floors, not very big but quite nice regardless. The entrance fee isn't too expensive either
  • Nice display with periodic change of exhibitions. Was quite surprised that some of the artifacts are not kept behind glass casings. Eg, the stone figurines. Unknowing spent more than 2 hours here. Highly recommended if you love history.
  • The museum was full of interesting Asian artifacts. It is a great place to absorb and learn more about Asian, especially Chinese culture. A collection like this is hard to find in any western museums.

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