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 are interested in ceramics, this museum is a must visit. I was blown away by the Tang Dynasty Shipwreck exhibit as well as the Buddhist art/sculpture section.  more »
  • This museum's exhibits are fascinating. the Tang Shipwreck exhibit is unparalleled in wealth of information about early commerce and exchange. Fabulous!  more »
  • Nice tour of religions in Asia, nice display, very good exhibits, it would benefit a richer collection to display.  more »
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  • This place totally blew my mind. I wasn’t a fan of historical site but the exhibition items here are decent. Comes with great historic antique and they are being well explained in a decent manner. The building is huge despite it outlook. I spent 2 hours plus but could do more if not with family. Recommend for tourists. It just 5 minutes walk from Fullerton Hotel too.
  • A real treat to history lovers. Has all kind of religious and trade history of Asia in a well preserved way. Loved the experience. No need of any tour guides. Everything is explained in the guide. Make sure to collect one at the ticket counter.
  • If you are fond of history you’ll find interesting facts in this museum. Actually it’s interesting to find out our connection with other Asian countries since I am from another Asian country. I like all the facts about the sunken ship.
  • Love the antiques and earthen wares. There was so much to see that our legs went sore from walking around but surely it would entertain you if you are one to be interested in antiques and porcelains. There were some ebony and ivory furniture on display too. As well as historic specimens that showed Singapore's past
  • This place is another one of those hidden gems of Singapore. It houses ancient sculptures and statues from the entire south-east Asian region, and China and India, and is a museum in a more traditional sense, quite different from the National Museum. The highlight of the display is of course the remains from the Tang shipwreck, recovered through underwater archaeology. The stash had an insane number of ceramic bowls being exported from China, which have survived almost unscathed, and are now displayed in a unique fashion. Also, check out the different Buddha statues from the region. From 8 April to 22 July, a special exhibit on Angkor Wat is going on, check out that as well. The best time to visit is on Friday evenings; the museum is open till extended hours (9 pm, instead of the usual 7 pm closure) and tickets are half-priced.
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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.