Exterior View, Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum

About the Museum


Asian Civilisations Museum, Tang Shipwreck, Khoo Teck Puat Gallery

Interior, Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum, Tang Shipwreck, Khoo Teck Puat Gallery
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Asian Civilisations Museum, Tang Shipwreck, Khoo Teck Puat Gallery

Exterior View, Asian Civilisations Museum
Courtesy Asian Civilisations Museum

Exterior View, Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum, Maritime Trade, Court and Company Galler
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Asian Civilisations Museum, Maritime Trade, Court and Company Gallery

Asian Civilisations Museum, Scholars Gallery, Kwek Hong Png Wing
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Asian Civilisations Museum, Scholars Gallery, Kwek Hong Png Wing

Asian Civilisations Museum, Ancient Religions, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Gallery
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Asian Civilisations Museum, Ancient Religions, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Gallery

The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia, particularly the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans. Opened in 1997, and occupying its present building by the Singapore River since 2003, the museum traces its roots to the Raffles Museum, founded in the mid-19th century. Today ACM focuses on the historical connections between cultures both within and without Asia. Singapore’s story as a port city that accommodated people from across the globe is used as a framework for examining the continent’s history.
The Ancient Religions Gallery located within the ACM explores the spread and influence of the grand religions of India – Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism (though Jainism never became popular outside India). Masterpieces of sculpture, painting, and ritual objects trace the spread of these ancient religions across trade routes from India to China, and on to Southeast Asia through the centuries.
Special exhibitions bring magnificent objects from around the world to the museum’s Singapore audience, while a programme of events that includes Saturdays@ACM, Lunchtime Concerts and the annual ACM After Dark encourages visitors to more closely engage with art and culture.

Collection Highlights


Octagonal cup with musicians and a dancer
Mounted incense burner
Grotto with Guanyin
Buddha
al-Buraq
Asian Civilisations Museum : Collection Highlights
Octagonal cup with musicians and a dancer, c.1830s
gold
Courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum
Mounted incense burner, Assembled during the 18th century from several components
porcelain (China, Jingdezhen, around 1700), gilded bronze mounts (France, mid-18th century), lacquer bowls (Japan, 18th century), red coral
Courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum
Grotto with Guanyin, 17th century
porcelain
Acquired with funds from the Shaw Foundation, through ACM Gala 2007
Buddha, 3rd-4th century
schist
Gift of the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. Courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum
al-Buraq, Early or mid 20th century
wood, paint
Courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum
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