Asian Civilisations Museum review

Zhuang Jia Wen

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As a history buff visiting Singapore, I knew I had to spend a day immersed in the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM).

Housing one of the world’s finest pan-Asian collections, this museum exceeded my expectations and brought the regions diverse histories to life through engaging galleries and artefacts.

Navigating the Museum

The ACM’s building itself is striking – an iconic late 19th century structure blended with modern extensions across two floors. I began my visit by grabbing a gallery guide and timed entry ticket to the special exhibit.

The galleries are thoughtfully organised by themes and time periods in Asian history. I opted for a free guided tour to better understand the thousands of artefacts.

Immersive Galleries

The sheer diversity of items on display is mind-blowing. From ancient Chinese porcelain and ornate snuff bottles to batik textiles and Balinese masks – each gallery transported me to another time and place.

I was fascinated learning about Singapore’s role as a port city connecting diverse Asian cultures over centuries. The personal audio guides enhanced the experience for select exhibits.

Standout Exhibits

The Gold of the Pharaohs brought ancient Egypt’s treasures to life. I was transfixed gazing upon glittering gold artefacts from 5000 years ago! The Living Galleries’ intricately designed dioramas offered a peek into Asian homes and societies.

Final Reflections

After spending 5 hours exploring centuries of Asian arts, cultures and histories, I left with a greater appreciation for the region.

The ACM is an exemplary museum that both educates and inspires visitors about Asia’s central role in human history. I’d recommend it as a must-visit attraction to understand Singapore’s multicultural heritage.


Is there a discount for booking the Asian Civilisations Museum tickets online?

Yes, there’s a discount for booking tickets for the Asian Civilisations Museum online.

Where is the museum located?

The museum is located along the Singapore River in the historic Empress Place Building within the Civic District.

What are the museum’s opening hours?

The museum is open daily from 10AM to 7PM, except on public holidays.

How much do tickets cost?

Admission is S$8 for adults, S$4 for students and seniors 60+. Children under 6 enter free.

What languages are the exhibits/tours available in?

Exhibit information is available in English, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, French and Spanish. Guided tours are offered in English and Mandarin.

Is photography allowed?

Photography without flash is permitted in the galleries. Some special exhibitions prohibit photography.

Is there a gift shop and cafe?

Yes, the museum has a gift shop selling Asian arts and crafts and a cafe serving light snacks and meals.

Are lockers available to store belongings?

Yes, a free locker service is available to store bags and personal items while visiting the galleries.

Does the ACM offer free entry or discounts?

Admission is free for children under 6 and all visitors on Friday evenings from 6PM-9PM. Discounts apply for students, seniors and groups.

Are wheelchairs available?

Yes, wheelchairs and strollers can be borrowed from the information counter. The museum has accessible facilities.

What is the best way to get there by public transport?

The museum is a short 5-minute walk from Raffles Place or City Hall MRT stations. Buses also stop nearby.

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