Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

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1 Empress Place, Singapore 179941 +65 6332 5592

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    Asian Civilisations Museum

    by salisbury3933 Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    This museum has some quite interesting displays relating to the history of various regions of Asia, and primarily the peoples that make up Singapore today. It's well worthwhile visiting. Entry is S$8 for an adult.

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    Puts it all in perspective

    by grahamopey Written Jul 26, 2005

    The asians civilisation museum provided a great opportunity to put into historical context many of the wonderful sites and monuments I had seen prior to my arrival in Singapore.

    It's exhibits are great and if you have the time and patience, video guides give you in depth explainations to how the exhibits you are looking at would have been used.

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    ACM at Armenian Street

    by lukky Written Jun 7, 2005

    The branch of Asian Civilizations Museum at Armenian Street (not to be confused with the one at Empress Place) has a number of interesting exhibitions on various aspects of Asian cultures. When I visited they had a Peranakan theme with several exhibitions such as jewellery and amazing handicrafts as well as old photographs of Peranakan people. Part of those exhibitions were permanent, but I am not sure which ones.

    The museum is open 9 am to 7 pm Tue-Sun, and 1 pm to 7 pm on Mondays. On Fridays they have two extra hours, 7-9 pm, with free admission.

    Admission is S$3 for adults, S$1.5 for students or senior citizens.

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    The other Asian Civilisations Museum

    by trisanna Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    It can be confusing, since there are two Asian Civilisations Museums. This one is the newer renovated Asian Civilisations Museum at Empress Place. The Asian Civilisations Museum at Armenian Street-specializes in local Peranakan art. This museum specializes in southeast asian art. This is a stunning museum. Not a huge museum-like the ones in Europe. They have galleries that contain Cambodian, Lao, Malaysian (Borneo), Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian art. Lots of textiles,statues, Balinese instruments, shadow puppets, etc.

    Every few months, this museum gets some blockbuster exhibits. Last year there was an exhibit of Turkish art. In late summer-they are getting art from the Vatican Museum. Check their website for more details.

    They have a nice gift shop-Banyan Tree. Outside the museum, there are two restaurants that face the river-Siem Reap and Indochine. More restaurants/cafes are around the corner at the Arts House or head to the Fullerton Hotel for a great tea.

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    Peranakan Culture

    by trisanna Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    The Asian Civilisations Museum on Armenian Street is housed in a stunning white colonial building-which used to be a school. Presently, the museum holds an impressive collection of Peranakan art, jewerly, and furniture. The Peranakan's are straits chinese-that are born locally in Singapore. For more information on Peranakans you can use the link below.
    http://www.peranakan.org.sg/Culture/culturehome.html

    There are some great statues outside of the building. Look for the old man with the young girl waving to the woman in the upstairs terrace/window. Look for the cute cat by the door.

    One word of warning this museum will be closed late fall 2005 for renovation.

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    Asian Civilisations Museum

    by phil_uk_net Updated Apr 28, 2003

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    Some museums do it for me and others don't. This one didn't. Lots of baubles, trinkets, cups and bowls that didn't really excite me or teach me anything.
    The building itself is beautiful. Maybe I missed something?

    28 April 2003: Here is an update I received from Fudge. "The ACM has now opened at its new premises. It's at 1 Empress Place now, opposite the Fullerton Hotel. The Armenian St. building is now what they call a Boutique Museum, focusing on Peranakan culture."

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    Asian Civilization Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 2, 2006

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    This museum celebrates the history of asian civilization and contains a large collection of artifacts from all over Asia in a beautiful old Colonial building.

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