ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM (Singapore | Singapore City | Historic Monument)

  • Address: 1, Empress Place, Singapore, 179555

The review below is from Darren Wei Hong’s 2018 Singapore City Guide.


Address : 1, Empress Place, 179555

Web-Site :

Phone : +65 6332 7798

Closest MRT : City Hall (North South Line and East West Line)

The Asian Civilisations Museum aims to explain the traditions and history of cultures which have helped to shape Singapore. The museum opened in April 1997 although it moved to its current site in March 2003. The museum’s current building was built in the mid-1860s and was used as British colonial offices including the office of the Colonial Secretary and the Legislative Chamber. Following independence, the building was used as the office of the Surveyor General until it became a museum.

The museum has five galleries which cover the Singapore River, Southeast Asia, West Asia, China and South Asia. The river gallery overlooks the river itself and also explains the importance of the water to the development of the country. The other galleries detail thousands of years of history from each culture which have become integral to Singapore. There are guided tours, which are recommended, that are led by docents which take place in English at 11.00 and 14.00, with additional tours at 19.00 on Fridays and 15.00 on Saturdays and Sundays. There are also tours available in Mandarin, Japanese, French, Korean and Spanish with the times of these on the museum’s web-site.

There is an admission charge of $8 for adults and $4 for concessions although Singapore residents can get in free of charge. Visitors can also buy a joint ticket to gain entry into the Peranakan Museum for $11 for adults and $5.50 for children. The museum is open from 10.00 until 19.00 every day of the week other than on Fridays when it opens until 21.00. There is also a restaurant, cafe and museum shop on the premises.