Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum information

Location
Singapore
Address
1 Empress Pl
Telephone
+ 6332 7798
Getting there
Metro: Raffles Place
More information
www.acm.org.sg
Prices
adult/child under 6yr S$8/free, 7-9pm Fri half-price
Opening hours
10am-7pm Sat-Thu, to 9pm Fri
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This remarkable museum houses the region's most comprehensive collection of pan-Asian treasures. Its galleries explore the history, cultures and religions of Southeast Asia, China, the Asian subcontinent and Islamic West Asia. Currently undergoing a radical transformation, including two additional wings, the new galleries will be curated to emphasise the cross-cultural connections developed due to Singapore's history as a port city. Already open, the Tang Shipwreck showcases over 500 pieces of recovered booty. All galleries will be open in 2017.

The museum occupies the stately Empress Place Building. Designed by British architect John Frederick Adolphus McNair and built using Indian convict labour in 1865, it originally housed the colonial government offices. Note the elegant fusion of Palladian classicism and tropical touches, among them timber louvered shutters and a wide, shaded porch.