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Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

(4.3/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Asian Civilisations Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Singapore itinerary builder.
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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  more »
  • Exhibits change regularly. Some are free and some are paid. The building itself is very historical and is next to the Singapore river and Parliament house. If you are into museum stuff, check out what...  more »
  • A good place to visit and take pictures. Nice Architecture. It could be a good first date kind of place for those who got the taste for museums :)  more »
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  • This museum is quite complete to visit to understand asian and mostly singapore culture. It has a great collection of asian religion (budhist, moslem, and hinduism) and great collection of chinesse pottery works. The collection was not complete since it was being renovated the time i was there. It is really helpful with the free guide tour from the museum for 1 hour.
  • Went for the Christianity in Asia exhibition. It is free for students. A very interesting insight into the historical context of Christianity in Asia. The exhibition connects to the other exhibitions in the museum which were all equally insightful and interesting!! A very good afternoon spent there.
  • I think this place is mis-named. It is not a museum of various Asian cultures, it is a random collection of artefacts from various Asian cultures. Nicely presented with some decent explanations. But the overall expectation set by the museum is not met at all. Also about 50% of the floor space is being renovated at the moment so check that it is in full use before paying in.
  • The shipwreck gallery is a must-see. Different from typical porcelain from China, this collection had strangely middle eastern design (maybe because it caters for middle eastern market). The greco-roman buddha at Level 2 is also must-see--you can see the fusion of eastern and western tradition on the sculpture.
  • Visited the ACM one hot Saturday afternoon recently. There was an exhibition of the Asian Christianity art of display. Christianity in Asia has a long history before Marco Polo. A lot of influence comes from the Indian sub-continent and also the Middle East. It seems that inter-religion acceptance back then was far more accommodating than modern times.