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January And February Happenings At Asian Civilisations Museum

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Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) has lined up an array of programmes, catered to both the young and not-so-young.

*Update (23 Dec 2021): Updated with Jan and Feb happenings

Located by the Singapore River is the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), Singapore’s national museum of Asian antiquities and decorative art and the only museum in Asia devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia. 

Here's what you and your family can look forward to when you visit the ACM!

Upcoming Programmes

ACM Adventures: Celebrations

Venue: Onsite & Online @ACM Website 
Date: 26 Dec 2021
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Fee: Free

This month, have a jolly good time with us as we learn about the objects found in our Christian Art Gallery. Make merry with us through craft activities, storytelling, and drama performances this December.

Light to Night 2022: New Waves

Date: 14 Jan to 3 Feb 2022 (Fri & Sat)
Extended museum hours till 10pm
Fee: Free Admission

Kick off the new year with Light to Night 2022: New Waves, the latest edition of the marquee arts festival in the Civic District. Festival goers can explore ACM after hours, as well as the Singapore River and its surrounding stories known and imagined, through layers of context, conversations, and reflections.

ACM Adventures: Let’s Dance!

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum, ACM Website
Date: 30 Jan 2022
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Fee: Free Admission

Got the rhythm in you? This month, move to the beat in a workshop and drama performance. Then get creative with a craft activity inspired by a dancing teapot in the Maritime Trade Gallery.

ACM Adventures: Peranakan Parade

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum, ACM Website
Date: 27 Feb 2022
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Free Admission

Learn all about the beauty of Peranakan craftsmanship and culture through storytelling, a drama performance, and hands-on activities. 

Ongoing Programmes

Fantastic Creatures @ACM – Children’s Season 2021

Venue: Onsite @Asian Civilisations Museum & Online
20 Nov to 31 Dec 2021

This Children’s Season, families can bring their little ones to ACM to embark on a quest to discover fantastic creatures and amazing animals in Asian art. 

An exciting line-up of family-friendly activities await those young at heart, as they are presented with multisensory experiences, such as immersive storytelling, child-friendly workshops, and engaging craft activities, children can explore a world where creatures real and mythical roam to uncover a trove of Asian treasures.

ACM's school holiday programme line-up consists of both online and self-guided activities. So whether you’re at the museum or at home, pet ready to put on your explorer’s hat and seek out these fantastic creatures with us!

Here's what families can look forward to:

An Explorer’s Guide To Fantastic Creatures

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 20 Nov to 31 Dec 2021
Fee: Free Admission

Each child can take the lead during An Explorer’s Guide to Fantastic Creatures as this self-guided trail will take you on a search for fantastic creatures in the ACM galleries.

Pick up an activity trail booklet from our friendly visitor services staff at the Front Desk, then use it to discover animals and other interesting creatures in the museum. Learn more about the exquisitely crafted art objects they decorate as well. Show your completed trail booklet to our Front Desk staff to redeem a special DIY animal puzzle kit. While stocks last.

For those who prefer, a printable trail booklet is available on the ACM Website.

Recommended age: Ages 7 and up

Amazing Animals! DIY Puzzle Kits

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 20 Nov to 31 Dec 2021
Fee: Free Admission

Hone your problem-solving skills with the Amazing Animals! DIY puzzle kit. You’ll pet to assemble a 3D cardboard pencil holder of a rabbit or an elephant inspired by animal-related objects in the ACM collection.

The free puzzle kits can be picked up at the ACM Front Desk upon completion of the Fantastic Creatures trail activity booklet. While stocks last.

*The 3D rabbit puzzle will be available from 20 Nov to 11 Dec 2021, and the 3D elephant puzzle will be available for redemption from 12 to 31 Dec 2021. While stocks last.

Listen And Learn: Children’s Audio Clips - Stem Cup

Listen And Learn: Children’s Audio Clips - Mounted Incense Burner

Venue: Online, ACM Website
Date: 20 Nov to 31 Dec 2021
Fee: Free Admission

Listen to children’s audio clips that explore two special works of art in the museum —a horse- shaped incense burner, and a special ceramic cup with a fish resting inside! Our audio clips inspire close looking and encourage children to slow down and engage with ACM objects in a meaningful way.

Both clips will be made available on the ACM website.

Recommended age: Ages 9 and up

ACM & Friends Fun Pack 

Venue: Online, ACM Website 
Date: From 17 Dec 2021
Fee: Free

Download and use this fun activity kit, specially designed for children and adults across all learning abilities, and have an enjoyable time learning about the ACM collection through play.

Let's Learn About…Celebrations Over Food!

Venue: Online, ACM Website
Date: From 3 Dec  2021
Fee: Free 

As the year wraps up, take some time to celebrate your family and friends, and explore objects from ACM's collection that reminds us of having food together.

Activities You Can Do Everyday 

Venue: Online, ACM Website
Fee: Free

Enjoy everyday activities from the comfort of your home.  Explore, discover, and have fun with trails and videos for everyone.

Audio Description Tours 

Photo Credits: Asian Civilisations Museum 

Venue: Online, ACM Website
Fee: Free

Listen to descriptions of key objects in our collection from the comfort of your home.


Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 25 Jun to 9 Jan 2022

#SGFASHIONNOW is ACM’s first display of contemporary Singapore fashion, exploring creative practice in Singapore in the context of Asia’s cultural heritage. The exhibition is a collaboration with LASALLE College of the Arts’ School of Fashion and the Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF), and represents our commitment to working with community and industry to celebrate local fashion. ACM hopes to encourage new ways of addressing the question - “What is Singapore fashion?” from the perspective of our essence as an open, global, multi-cultural port city. In a departure from past exhibitions, students from LASALLE’s School of Fashion are the curators for this exhibition, with ACM staff and LASALLE faculty providing mentorship. #SGFASHIONNOW features works by eight practising designers, including Andrew Gn, Goh Lai Chan, Priscilla Shunmugam, and Carol Chen - winner of TaFF’s 2020 edition of Singapore Stories, an annual fashion design competition for emerging, locally-based designers.

For more information, visit the link here.

    Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Manaqement Measures (VDS) at ACM

    Please note that VDS have been implemented for entry to museums. Individuals will be allowed entry in group sizes up to 2 persons if all are vaccinated.

    Children aged 12 years and below, recovered individuals, and unvaccinated individuals with a negative Pre-Event Test (PET) result, can be included in the groups of 2. If there is more than one child aged 12 years and below in the group of 2 persons, both children must be from the same household.

    You will be required to present your TraceTogether app or token, or any of the following documents (which may be relevant) for entry:

    • Vaccination status and test result on the Health Hub App
    • Physical vaccination certificates/reports/cards under the National Vaccination Programme
    • Physical ART of PCR result slips from MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers
    • Pre-Event Testing (PET) exemption notice


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    This article is prepared by

    Leona Quek
    Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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