Asian Civilisations Museum
The Asian Civilisations Museum enlightens you to Asian heritage, but it also tells a fascinating story of the Singapore River just 50m away!
Guided Tours (in English):
Tue-Fri: 11am and 2pm. Additional tours: Mon, 2pm; and Sat/Sun, 11am.
Take the MRT to City Hall Station. Walk along North Bridge Road until you hit the Singapore River. Turn left and walk along the bank of the River for another 5 minutes.
- The Asian Civilisations Museum, as its name suggests, focuses on Asian heritage. If there is one museum you'll visit to sample Asian culture, this is it.
- Artefacts from China and India are well-represented here. But if you have visited the awesome museums in Beijing, Taipei and Delhi, you'll need to manage your expectations somewhat.
- If you are visiting further destinations in Southeast Asia, this museum will definitely get you excited. Batak architecture, Javanese gamelans, Cambodian opera masks and much more. They give you a foretaste of the diverse cultures of the region.
- The Asian Civilisations Museum is located just by the Singapore River. For me, the most meaningful gallery in this museum is the Singapore River Gallery. It traces the history of the River from pre-colonial times to its recent status as a vibrant night spot.
Remember to pick up the headphones and listen to the oral histories of the 'River people'. Particularly, listen to Mr Tan Giap's personal story - of how an insecure upstart transformed into one of Singapore's master-storytellers.
My walks down the Singapore River have never been the same again. I highly recommend this museum.
Tips for Visitors
- The Asian Civilisations Museum's entrance fee is discounted on Friday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. ($4 adult; $2 concession)
- The museum is a nice stop if you are taking a walking tour of the Singapore River or the Civic District.
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Page updated: 18 Nov 2011.