Asian Civilizations Museum

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Key Info

1 Empress Place

Price & Hours

$4-$8 SG (about $3-$6) for adults; $2-$4 SG (about $1.50-$3) for students
Sat-Thurs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

While we certainly encourage you to visit the neighborhoods of Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam (the Malay district), there's one place to preview the enormous diversity of Asian societies in Singapore. For this one-stop cultural shop, head to the Asian Civilizations Museum (ACM). This facility offers a broad survey Pan-Asian civilizations, including China, Southeast Asia and West Asia, with artwork and 1,300 artifacts from all corners of the continent. Wander through galleries and exhibitions and you'll find a diverse array of relics, such as religious sculptures, ornate furniture, Chinese ceramics and even remnants from a shipwreck. 

Many recent visitors enjoyed perusing the vast museum as well as the diversity of the art shown. Multiple travelers referenced the Tang Shipwreck exhibit as a must-see. However, if you're not a museum person, or don't have an interest in the subject matter, this attraction may prove underwhelming, as other travelers expressed. 

The museum welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 9.p.m. on Fridays. Admission costs SG$8 (about $6), but on Friday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., you'll find reduced rates. The ACM is located in the heart of downtown Singapore right along the river at Cavenagh Bridge. You can reach the museum by getting off at the Raffles Place metro stop. For more information, check out the ACM's website.

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