Explore Asia in depth...
06.06.2008 20 °C
Today we visited Asian Civilization Museum. Housed in the neo-classical Empress Place Building, this is one of the oldest structures in Singapore.
If you wonder how the multi-ethnic culture of Singapore originated, this museum holds the key. Even the visitors who are not history buffs (like we are) will find the interactive zones, innovative virtual hosts and in-gallery videos highly entertaining, With 11 galleries spread out over three floors, you can easily spend half-a-day at this excellent museum.
Our tour started with the Southeast Asia collection on level two. From prehistoric agricultural tools to fabric displays and artifacts, the exhibits revealed the diversity of Southeast Asia. On the same level we visited the China gallery, where we learned about the Middle Kingdom and the West Asia gallery with its Koran-inspired calligraphic art. On level three we found more Southeast and West Asia Galleries, after which we proceeded to level one, to South Asia galleries dominated by religious statuary and architectural motifs. It was a good place to learn firsthand about the culture of the different nations that have made the small city-state of Singapore big.
The building we visited is easy to find. It is situated in one of the old colonial buildings on the banks of the Singapore River, right next to the famous statue of Sir Stamford Raffles. We took the guided tour, however we could simply walk the whole museum with a map that was given to us for free when we purchased the tickets. The gift shop was also worthy to note, being much larger than the average size.
• The admission fee is $5 / Adult.
• Opening hours: Mon 1pm – 7pm, Tue – Sun 9am – 7pm.
Guided tours in English, Japanese and Mandarin are available daily. Check the schedule at: