Ranked 35 among Places to Visit in Singapore
Ideal Time: 2 - 3 hours
Ranked as one of the top museums in Asia, the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore is an engrossing experience, taking one through the fascinating journey of the cultures and civilisations of Asia. It is part of the four significant museums in Singapore, each of which holds great national and global importance. Within this museum, one can find relics from all over the world, specifically those from the civilisations of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia, as these ethnic groups have transformed this exciting nation into the cultural melting pot of Asia.
This historical museum is rightly located in the Empress Place Building by the landmark Singapore River, an area that has been widely considered as the origin of the incredibly diverse, multicultural society of Singapore. Covering a massive area of 14,000 square metres, there are over 2000 artefacts spread across seven galleries on three levels within this building, tracing more than 5000 years of history of the various Asian civilisations that currently inhabit Singapore. On the ground floor, one can find the Trade and the Exchange of Ideas gallery, where the exhibits tell the history of Singapore's development into a hub of global trade. Within the galleries here, one can find objects pertaining to themes such as pre-history, tribal history, vernacular Buddhism, the Malay World, Javanese history, Ancient Religions, Islamic culture, and Chinese Culture. Apart from indulging in the history of the different Asian cultures, one can also enjoy a refreshing coffee at the Prive ACM, dine at the Empress, a traditional Chinese restaurant found in the premises, or commemorate this enchanting trip with a unique souvenir from the museum gift shop.
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