What is it?
The Asian Civilisations Museum is Singapore’s national museum of Asian antiquities and decorative art. The galleries explore the rich artistic heritage of Asia focussing on connections throughout the Asian cultures. They have an outstanding collection of masterpieces. It is really worth a visit.
Where is it?
1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
The Asian Civilisations Museum is a 5-minute walk from Raffles Place MRT station (Exit H) and a 2-minute walk from the Fullerton Square bus stop (03011). Bus services 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 196, 196e, 700, 850E, 868, 951E, and 971E.
When is it open?
10am to 7pm Daily
10am to 9pm Fridays
Admission to all galleries ends 30 minutes before closing time.
Note: Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries.
How much is it?
Free for Singaporeans and PRs
Everyone else: Adults $8, Children and Concessions $4
What’s it like?
Absolutely fascinating! There is so much to see and the heritage and history is remarkable. My teenager really enjoyed it!
After entering the museum the first exhibit is the Tang Shipwreck. Nearly 1100 years ago, an Arab ship bearing a precious cargo of ceramics, gold, silver set sail from the port of Canton. Just off the shores of Sumatra, near the island of Belitung, the ship sank, and remained untouched until discovered by chance in 1998. Some of the items rescued and salvaged are in pristine condition which is incredible considering how old they are and the ravages of the sea too.
Also on the ground floor (Level 1) are a maritime trade gallery, court and company gallery and a contemporary gallery all of which have interesting exhibits and paintings and ceramics etc.
Level 2 comprises of vast exhibitions halls for Ancient religions (to accommodate some magnificent sculptures) as well as ancestral and ritual exhibits. The detail on some of these exhibits is incredible. There are separate galleries for Islamic art and Christian art. The special exhibitions gallery is on level 2 as well.
Level 3 has a small fashion and textile exhibition on one side and jewellery and ceramics on the other. Again the detail on these exquisite items is something to behold.
The thINK: Chinese Calligraphy, Connoisseurship, and Collecting exhibition (Level 1) was particularly interesting, especially the video interview with the man who collected the Qing and Ming period objects. That exhibition runs to 21st April 2021 so not long left to go and experience it.