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Asian Civilizations Museum
Understanding the Asian cultures and traditions
Singapore boasts of having developed the Asian Civilizations Museum, a marvel of its own and also quite prominent. If subjects like language, race, religion and cultural, is what interests you, then this museum is sure to catch your attention.
The museum is said to take an encyclopedic approach for resurrecting history and presenting its visitors with something unique and interesting. You are sure to be spell bound, especially with what it has to offer.
Brief history of the Museum
This museum had been designed and constructed during the mid 1860’s. Previously, it just had an area that was equal to South-East & West galleries. Presently, only two out of 8 galleries are housed within it. Government Offices were built in it for accommodating the colonial bureaucracy. Here, you can find come across the offices of the Legislative Chamber, Surveyor General and the Colonial Secretary.
This building had been renamed as Empress Place Building, honoring Queen Victoria. As a matter of fact, the government departments are still its occupants, even long after the independence of Singapore from its colonial rulers. This building is known for its Immigration Department, Citizen’s Registry and Registry of Marriages, Birth & Death.
Different Chinese exhibitions were hosted during the 1990’s. This is what is said to have led to it being converted to a museum of great importance.
Going through the Galleries of the Museum
Singapore River Gallery having open glass windows allows you to have a look at the Singapore River and beyond.
Its history dates back to the 14th century, making it an epicenter for conducting trade all over the world. Trade activities have been proved by to be of significance, and evidences have been found like the Majapahit style figurines and ancient Chinese ceramics.
One can find 3 South-East Asia galleries, which has over 2,500 years of historical cultures that includes Javanese of Indonesia and Hmong from the Northern Thailand.
By touring the main gallery, you can come across the Pejeng styled drum that is quite intriguing and strange looking. Also, you can view the traditional textiles and jewelry at the Philbert Chin and Mary Gallery. Besides this, there is a Gallery 4-A, where you can witness performing arts from the Javanese orchestra. This place remains surrounded by puppets and masks, with musicians and dancers for giving the entire whole presentation a real life like appearance.
Islamic/West Asia Gallery tends to explore the religion in details. Here, you can view Islam’s devotion and convictions towards its one god! Being bedecked with Qur’an stands and inlaid with mother-of-pearl, tortoise shell, this specific gallery has been structured to face the Mecca that is an important direction that Muslims prefer to pray. Moreover, extension of the gallery does boast of achievements of the Islamic scholars in regards to subjects of chemistry, mathematics, medicine and astronomy.
Kwek-Hong-Png China Gallery is another one that chronicles the Chinese social history culture and displays collection of several nostalgia inducing classics like calligraphy, paintings, ceramics that are sought over from the remote expeditions along with the ‘blanc de chine’ a porcelain from Qing and Ming dynasties.
South Asia galleries have been structured to focus on science, performing arts and religion. The main gallery does take pride on the selection of jewelry, terracotta and coins, including a treasure trove with performing art displays.
Ticket rates and timings
Monday: 1pm – 7pm; Tuesday to Sunday: 9am – 7pm (Fridays are extended till 9pm)
Children who are 6 years & below are allowed free admission while concession tickets at S$2.50 are given to full-time students and those who are 60 years and above. Adult tickets are of S$5. Free guided tours are available for the public regularly (except on open house days and public holidays). For details, dial (65) 63327798.
How to reach Asian Civilizations Museum?
An easy way to reach the museum is to take the MRT train and to alight at the Raffles Place Station. It takes several minutes to walk to this museum. Detailed direction from the Raffles Place Station for reaching Asian Civilizations Museum can be availed, in case, additional assistance is required.
How to reach Raffles Place MRT-Station?
From Chinatown to Museum
Take North East Line MRT at Chinatown Station to HarborFront Station. Get down a stop later at the Outram Park Station. Then transfer to East West Line to Pasir Ris Station. Get down two stops after at the Raffles Place Station.
From Orchard Rd. to Museum
Take North South Line MRT at Orchard, Dhoby Ghaut or Somerset Station to Marina Bay and get down at the Raffles Place Station.
From Little India to Museum
Take North East Line MRT at the Little India Station to HarborFront Station. Get down at the Dhoby Ghaut Station. Now transfer to North South Line to Marina Bay Station. Get down two stops after at the Raffles Place Station.
From Kampong Glam towards Museum
Take East West Line MRT at the Burgis Station to Joo Koon Station. Get down two stops after at the Raffles Place Station.
This is a place, where you can definitely learn a lot of things and become a wise person.