Asian Civilisations Museum

Posted on May 6, 2019
LocationCivic District

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Asian Civilisations Museum

Getting there, what to see, food

The Asian Civilisations Museum is the 1st of its kind in the South-East Asian region to put on display a different view of the rich ethnic diversity and culture of Singapore. When our ancestors settled on this island 2 centuries ago, they brought along their ancient cultures. This aspect of Singapore’s history is thus, the focus of the ACM. The Museum’s collection therefore centres on the material cultures of different groups originating from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.

Currently, the ACM is home to 11 galleries showcasing more than 1000 artifacts from Chinese and Asian civilizations. In addition, there are special exhibitions throughout the year. A visit to the ACM will certainly broaden your perspective on the ancient cultures of the Chinese, Malay and Indian communities. The Hindu-Buddhist gallery is definitely a highlight, with its well-lit showcases, including a large Burmese Buddha head.

The ACM’s initial campus at Armenian Street closed in 2006 and reopened as the Peranakan Museum in 2008. Hence, the only ACM is now located at Empress Place opposite Boat Quay.

Admission charges to the Asian Civilisations Museum are very reasonably priced and furthermore, you can also opt to take a free guided tour at selected times.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 1pm-7pm
  • Tuesday to Sunday 9am-7pm (till 9pm on Fridays)


How to get to Asian Civilisations Museum

MRT Train, Taxi

Take a train to Raffles Place MRT station, the ACM is a 5 minute walk from there.


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Drive yourself to Asian Civilisations Museum

Why not hire a car while you’re in Singapore and visit the Asian Civilisations Museum in your own time. Roads are easy to follow and great to drive on. Hire cars are modern. Tourists can drive using a valid foreign licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP), issued in your home country. If you come from one of the Asian Nations you can drive in Singapore without an international permit.

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