The Asian Civilisation Museum

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1 Empress Place
6332 2982

The Asian Civilisation Museum Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
The Asian Civilisations Museum Feb 22, 2012
The Asian Civilisations Museum is a medium sized museum in the heart of Singapore. It has a range of exhibitions, including a permanent collection with an emphasis on what Asian civilisations share with each other (rice, religion and decorative arts feature prominently) rather than the history of each individual people. There is also a small but interesting display on the importance of the Singapore river, the people who have lived on it, and how it has changed over the centuries.

The museum itself is light and airy, and staffed by very helpful people. The displays are well labelled and nicely laid out, and very interesting. I was particularly impressed with the thematic approach to things, including religion and migration. There is a brilliant display of items found in the wreck of an ancient Chinese trading vessel – some of the pottery would look right at home at my house, despite being from the 9th century and spending a thousand years under water. I also learned a lot about the social history of the continent, as well as the art and “high culture.” If you were starting a longer trip through Asia in Singapore, it would be a good opportunity to learn a little about the links between the nations that you are visiting, their cultures, and some of the characters you’ll see in religious statues and musical events.

You can see a lot of the museum in a morning. I would really recommend coming here if you are in Singapore, and have a couple of hours to spare.
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almond72 almond72
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Nice Collection of Antiquities from the Region Jul 13, 2010
This Museum is located at No.1 Empress Place, right along the Singapore river. It's very near to lots of pubs that open in the evenings.

There is also an affiliated museum

[ Peranakan Museum ]at 39, Armenian Street.

You can get combined tickets at a slight discount.

If you enjoy items such as antiquities (like myself), do drop by. If you are planning a heist, do let me know too. ;)

Admission is S$ 8.00 per adult. (the handouts show S$ 5.00- that's minus the special exhibits, but they seem to sell inclusive tickets only)

OR Get an annual ticket at S$60.00 If there are lots of TBs interested. I'll grab the annual thing cause it allows one guest.

Admission times : 1pm-7pm (Mon)

9am-7pm (Tue - Sun)

7pm-9pm (Fri, special rate)

Website :

Non flash photography is allowed in the main exhibit areas.

For special collections - sorry, Not Allowed. Fair enough.

The museum gift shop is nicely stocked, (sorry, no photos allowed there) and you can get some small souvenirs OR have some major items shipped home.

Food, plenty of them -- Indochine is attached to the building and serves a good range of set meals & beverages. Pleasant dining by the riverside. A little bit of the pretentious factor here.

1st visit Nov 2009

Visited again in July 2010. No special exhibits on during visit, aaw darn ! They need a bit of maintenance done on the lighting in the showcases. Some of lights aren't illuminating the display or tags properly. Not everyone has Predator/Alien vision mind you.
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almond72 says:
Why do you think I like to hang around dark museums ? I don't think the school teacher noticed some the kids were missing after the visit today. (or the extra pieces of dessicated exhibits) hahahaha
Posted on: Jul 13, 2010
fransglobal says:
"If you enjoy items such as antiquities (like myself)" - this is an ambiguous phrase!
Posted on: Jul 13, 2010
sylviandavid says:
I wouldn't mind pleasant, pretentious dining by the river.... I love to eat outside... :D sylvia
Posted on: Jan 30, 2010
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