The Asian Civilisations Museum was opened on 1 March 2003. The museum presents the history and culture of Singapore's ancestral cultures, with 11 galleries and 1300 artefacts that span the entire Asian continent and over five thousand years of recorded history.

The Museum's collection centers on the material cultures of the different groups originating from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia. Permanent galleries are thematically organised into four geographic zones - China, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and the Islamic world.

Galleries Guide:

Singapore River : Gallery 1

The Singapore River Gallery tells many stories, from coolies'' to Chettiars, the indigenous Orang Laut and the newly arrived Europeans who arrived on the banks of the Singapore River from the 14th century.

Southeast Asia : Galleries 3, 4, 4a

The three Southeast Asia galleries cover over 2,500 years of history, and cultures as diverse as the Hmong of northern Thailand and the classical Javanese of Indonesia.

Gallery 3 - A collection of bronze and ceramic pieces dating back to 600 BCE - evidence of trade and commerce in early Southeast Asia.

Gallery 4 : Mary and Philbert Chin Gallery - Showcases the diversity of jewellery and textiles across island Southeast Asia.

Gallery 4a - Showcases the world of Southeast Asian performing arts such as the Javanese gamelan orchestra.

West Asia : Galleries 5 & 5a

Three of the world's major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, originated in West Asia. Our West Asia galleries focus on Islam, which continues to have a major effect on the shaping of Singapore and the surrounding region.

Gallery 5 - Discover the results of this devotion, Islam: a monotheistic religion that focuses on the glorification of one god - Allah

Gallery 5a - Achievements of the Islamic scholars are on display

China : Gallery 6

The path through the Kwek Hong Png China Gallery takes the winding form of the dragon, one of the most important symbols in Chinese culture.

Some of the collections include:
1) A sumptuous Dragon Robe, which embodies within it the majesty, power and status of the emperor.
2) Paintings and calligraphy of the highly politicised and sometimes tragic lives of Chinese officials.
3) Display of ceramics and a collection of white Dehua porcelain.
4) Large Buddhist figures in wood and smaller ones in gilt bronze are placed together with contemporary Daoist objects.

South Asia : Galleries 7 & 8

The South Asian collection explores the wealth of diversity in the region through themes such as religion, science, and the performing arts.

Gallery 7 : Main South Asian gallery - Showcases a selection of coins, jewellery and terracotta figures from some of these early civilizations, and religious artefacts. It tells the story of the early scientific achievements of these civilizations.

Gallery 8 : Showcases textiles and metalwork from the Mughal and later periods, as well as brief insights into the Sikh, Indian Muslim and Jain communities, which continue to play a role in Singapore today.

Opening Hours:
Daily 10:00 am to 7.00 pm
Fridays 10.00 am to 9.00 pm

Free admission for all Singaporean, Singapore PR students and Permanent Residents aged 60 years and above. (Please present ID or valid pass for verification)

Foreign Visitors

Category Individual Concession#
Adult S$8.00 S$4.00
Group of 20 pax or more S$6.40 S$3.20

Family (Maximum of 5 pax)*
Total: S$20.00
Asian Civilisations Museum & Peranakan Museum Joint-ticket** S$11.00 S$5.50
Friday Night (7pm - 9pm) S$4.00 S$2.00

# Foreigners aged 60 and above or full-time student
* For maximum of 5 persons (Applicable only during special exhibitions)
** Joint-ticket must be used within 7 days of purchase

Address: 1 Empress Place S(179555)
Tel: (+65) 6332 7798

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