The Empress Place Building is a historic building in Singapore, located on the north bank of the Singapore River in the Downtown Core, within the Central Area in Singapore's central business district. The building is currently the second wing of the Asian Civilisations Museum. The other wing of the museum is located at the Old Tao Nan School building along Armenian Street.
During the colonial era, the Empress Place Building was known simply as Government Offices. The first civic buildings were planned here in Sir Stamford Raffles' day. Originally intended to be a courthouse, the Empress Place Building instead became offices for the government departments located in the adjacent Maxwell's House (later the old Parliament House).
|Monday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
Leo Hsu | Jan 20, 2018
I was surprised to find this museum organized thematically rather than by race or culture. It takes a holistic view and approach to the Asian Civilization. As a result, it avoids the ugly comparisons and competition between modern day countries where all these cultures resides today. The main themes are: Trade, Faith and Religion, Designs and Materials. The museum comprises of the old colonial building and a new modern wing. The flow between the old and new building is confusing to the first time visitor. Guided tours are available. I recommend taking advantage of these tours.
Seshadri k.s | Feb 28, 2018
A lovely museum. Took a free guided tour. Lovely experience. Keep an eye out for smooth coated otters when you do the river side walk.
Maruli Lee | Feb 5, 2018
ACM is one of the most visited museum in my list. There are a lot to see in their permanent galleries. Rotated galleries tend to bring in amazing works as well. Layout are arranged nicely so you won't get lost while going from one gallery to another. Located in Boat Quay just a few minutes across Fullerton Hotel, your feet won't stop even after you stepped out of this museum.
Jason Telford | Feb 25, 2018
Awesome place to learn about the rich tapestry of Asian history in Singapore. Some of the ways artifacts are displayed are truly artistic. However the highlight is the tours. Scholarly but enjoyable.
Louise Liara Janine Cruz | Feb 28, 2018
Awesome museum. It's amazing how they preserved the relics that are in there. Great place if you're interested in history. 😊
Shower Chan | Apr 18, 2018
This place totally blew my mind. I wasn’t a fan of historical site but the exhibition items here are decent. Comes with great historic antique and they are being well explained in a decent manner. The building is huge despite it outlook. I spent 2 hours plus but could do more if not with family. Recommend for tourists. It just 5 minutes walk from Fullerton Hotel too.
saad fazal | Apr 11, 2018
A real treat to history lovers. Has all kind of religious and trade history of Asia in a well preserved way. Loved the experience. No need of any tour guides. Everything is explained in the guide. Make sure to collect one at the ticket counter.
LetM | Apr 22, 2018
If you are fond of history you’ll find interesting facts in this museum. Actually it’s interesting to find out our connection with other Asian countries since I am from another Asian country. I like all the facts about the sunken ship.
Clarence Tan | Apr 6, 2018
Love the antiques and earthen wares. There was so much to see that our legs went sore from walking around but surely it would entertain you if you are one to be interested in antiques and porcelains. There were some ebony and ivory furniture on display too. As well as historic specimens that showed Singapore's past
Debsubhra Chakraborty | Apr 8, 2018
This place is another one of those hidden gems of Singapore. It houses ancient sculptures and statues from the entire south-east Asian region, and China and India, and is a museum in a more traditional sense, quite different from the National Museum. The highlight of the display is of course the remains from the Tang shipwreck, recovered through underwater archaeology. The stash had an insane number of ceramic bowls being exported from China, which have survived almost unscathed, and are now displayed in a unique fashion. Also, check out the different Buddha statues from the region. From 8 April to 22 July, a special exhibit on Angkor Wat is going on, check out that as well. The best time to visit is on Friday evenings; the museum is open till extended hours (9 pm, instead of the usual 7 pm closure) and tickets are half-priced.
Stephen Gillies | May 30, 2018
worth a visit and a couple of hours. just the shipwreck section is reason enough to visit. good cafe in the building, with decent coffee. often have exhibitions, we saw the Angkor which was amazing. would have liked to have stuck with the free tour but it was going to take about 2 hours.
Aditi Srivastava | May 29, 2018
A place that will provide you such meaningful insights on the historical events that took place in and around Asia. The relics are so beautiful and significant. There’s a lot to understand and to learn and ACM serves as a good start to study our glorious past. It’s a must visit and trust me, once is not enough. Everytime you visit, you will definitely discover something new.
Michelle Belle | May 31, 2018
It's got the occasional interesting and enlightening exhibits on Asian culture. Hands-on Activities makes them more interactive and ingrains in visitors a little more about the subject matter.
Raoul Juneja | Jul 5, 2018
The permanent exhibitions are good, but a bit sparse, and very dry. However, the temporary Angkor exhibit is excellent. Catch a volunteer-led tour. They are very informative.
Theba Jega | Jun 12, 2018
Hello Everyone! Last Friday evening, my friend and I attended a free lecture/sharing on a recent excavation at an ancient hospital site in Cambodia.. It was quite interesting to learn about the various techniques and technology they had incorporated into their work as well as some historical facts.. We were also welcomed with some refreshments like coffee, tea, etc. To find out more about their free events, visit their website..
Tony Mole | Jun 16, 2018
Impressive and sophisticated midterm that does more than present artifacts - they tell a coherent story which does not shy away from a complex narrative about the interrelationships that led to the development of international trade routes - including the ways in which developments on one side of the world influenced others far away and vice versa. Understated and professional.
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