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 can only go to one museum in Singapore, this is my pick! Asian culture is supremely underrated, yet they are rich in history and it has a lot to offer, so make sure you spend some time getting....  more
    If you can only go to one museum in Singapore, this is my pick! Asian culture is supremely underrated, yet they are rich in history and it has a lot to offer, so make sure you spend some time getting....  more »
  • What a fabulous experience. The museum is modern, clean, organized and very interesting, with everything labelled in English, which is great for those that speak English. There were 3 floors of... 
    What a fabulous experience. The museum is modern, clean, organized and very interesting, with everything labelled in English, which is great for those that speak English. There were 3 floors of...  more »
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  • One of the best museums in the region with variety of collections of cultural objects and significance of history of Asian art and culture. A must see visiting the city. Perched on the bank of Singapore river, the location is close to Raffles Place and City Hall makes it easy to walk around for tourists.
  • Easily one of my favourite museums in Singapore! The artefacts are amazing and really appreciate the director’s explanation through the QR code scanned at certain exhibits. If you go now, there is an exhibit on Batik - really beautiful batik on display and even an interactive exhibit to learn about how batik is made!

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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.