November Happenings At Asian Civilisations Museum

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

Here's what you and your family can look forward to:

Upcoming Programmes

Fantastic Creatures @ACM ‚Äď Children‚Äôs 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. Through 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.

Recommended age: Ages 7 and up

ACM’s Animal Adventures

Venue: Live on ACM Facebook
Date: 3 & 17 Dec 2021
Time: 2pm
Fee: Free Admission

Once home, families can tune in to ACM’s Facebook page to view interactive drama performances by Act3 International in ACM’s Animal Adventures as they tell stories on Asian mythical creatures and show how animals come to life.

Recommended age: Ages 5 to 10

Storytime With ACM: Animal Tales Of Asia

Venue: Online on ACM Facebook
Date: 20 Nov 2021, 4 & 18 Dec 2021
Time: 10am
Fee: Free Admission

Travel around Asia and meet different animal characters ‚ÄĒall from the comfort of your home. Tune in to ACM‚Äôs Facebook pape for a series of engaging Asian folktales presented by young storytellers from The Storytelling Centre Ltd.

Then, get creative at home and join them in a simple craft activity inspired by animal characters that you’ll meet in the stories!

Recommended age: Ages 5 to 10

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‚Äôs audio clips that explore two special works of art in the museum ‚ÄĒa 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

Create A Mythical Creature Workshop

Venue: Online, ACM Website
Date: 26 & 27 Nov 2021, 3pm
Time: 3pm
Fee: $10 refundable deposit

Facilitated by an art therapist from the Singapore Association for Mental Health, learn about the different qualities and characteristics of various mythical creatures in the ACM collection, then make one of your own.

Sign up for the workshop on ACM’s Peatix page. Limited slots available.

Open to parent-child pairs (Recommended for children aged 6‚ÄĒ9 years)

Make A Dragon Puppet Workshop

Venue: Online, ACM Website 
Date: 10 & 11 Dec 2021
Time: 3pm
Fee: $10 refundable deposit

Get crafty and participate in the Make a Dragon Puppet Workshop as children are introduced to the dragon, qilin, and phoenix in Asian folklore and culture. They can create their very own 3D dragon puppet too!

Sign up for the workshop on ACM’s Peatix page. Limited slots available.

Recommended age: Ages 9 and up

Decolonising Curating And The Museum In Southeast Asia

Venue: Online (Zoom), ACM Website
28 Oct, 4 Nov & 11 Nov 2021
Time: 7pm Singapore (11am London)
Fee: Free

The following webinars are part of the Decolonising Curating and the Museum in Southeast Asia lecture series, jointly organised by the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme, SOAS University of London, and the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore. This lecture series will explore what it means to decolonise the museum and curatorial practice in a Southeast Asian context. The speakers cover a range of topics, including the display of Buddhist and Hindu sculpture, ethnographic and colonial collections, curating contemporary art, and the use and exhibition of Southeast Asian material in western museums.

  • (Re)contextualising the Dong Duong Buddhist Art Gallery at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

Venue: Online (Zoom)
Date: 28 Oct 2021
Time: 7pm Singapore (11am London)
Fee: Free | Register here 

Speakers: Duyen Nguyen, PhD Candidate, Department of History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS

For more information, visit the link here.

  • Decolonisation in Colonial Institutions:¬†Reparative Approaches to Philippine Collections in a U.S. University

Venue: Online (Zoom)
Date: 4 Nov 2021
Time: 7pm Singapore (11am London)
Fee: Free | Register here 

Speakers: Ricky Punzalan, Associate Professor of Information, University of Michigan

  • The politics of Greater India and Indonesian collections in museums of ‚ÄėAsian Art‚Äô

Venue: Online (Zoom)
Date: 11 Nov 2021
Time: 7pm Singapore (11am London)
Fee: Free | Register here 


  • Marieke Bloembergen, Senior Researcher, KITLV - Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, and Professor in Archival and Postcolonial Studies, Institute for History, Leiden University

  • Mathilde Mechling, Independent Researcher, Singapore

ACM Adventures: School’s Out!

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 28 Nov 2021
Time: 1 to 5pm
Fee: Free 

How will you spend the time during the school holidays? This month, explore the ACM galleries through stories and drama performances, and make your own musical instrument to drum up some fun! 

Ongoing Programmes

Let's Learn About…Natural Dyes!

Venue: Online, ACM Website
Date: From 5 Nov 2021
Fee: Free 

This month, Let’s Learn About…Natural Dyes! Watch a video on dyes made from our natural environment, then try creating your own yellow fabric from turmeric.

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 19 Dec 2021

#SGFASHIONNOW¬†is ACM‚Äôs first display of contemporary Singapore fashion, exploring creative practice in Singapore in the context of Asia‚Äôs cultural heritage. The exhibition is a collaboration with LASALLE College of the Arts‚Äô 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 - ‚ÄúWhat is Singapore fashion?‚ÄĚ from the perspective of our essence as an open, global, multi-cultural port city. In a departure from past exhibitions, students from LASALLE‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 2020 edition of¬†Singapore Stories,¬†an annual fashion design competition for emerging, locally-based designers.

For more information, visit the link here.

Lunchtime Concerts At ACM

Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: Selected Fridays in October & November
Time: 12.30pm
Fee: Free ($5 Refundable Deposit)

The Lunchtime Concerts series returns to ACM! Don't miss the chance to recharge by listening to live music played by the talented students of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Photo Credits: Asian Civilisations Museum

  • Suite Ensemble

Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Asian Civilisations Museum
12 Nov 2021 
$5 (Refundable Deposit) | Register here

Inspired by ACM's Fashion and Textiles Gallery, musicians from YST’s Text and Music class have created six unique movements, each connecting to a particular artefact or element of history and culture.

    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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