Singapore HeritageFest At Asian Civilisations Museum 2024: SPACES & STORIES

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Here's what happening at Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) during the month of May, held in conjunction with Singapore HeritageFest 2024!

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 3 to 26 May 2024
Time: Various timings
Fee: Free Admission to most programmes

Singapore HeritageFest at ACM 2024: SPACES & STORIES

In line with this year’s Singapore HeritageFest that celebrates our nation’s rich built heritage, Singapore HeritageFest at ACM, SPACES & STORIES, uncovers intriguing tales of history and architecture while delving into the stories of the Civic District across time. Festival-goers are invited to step into the past and explore ACM’s historic site at Empress Place in a different light with a variety of drop-in activities, tours, and workshops.

Drop-In Activities

Siding Spring and Plains of Notations 

Venue: ACM Green
Date: 11 to 26 May 2024
Fee: Free Admission

Explore the vibrant and abstract sculptures at the ACM Green, where inspiration from frames, doorways, motifs, and intricate patterns discovered among the objects on display at ACM comes to life. This installation invites you to trace patterns, gaze through portals, and create sounds as you move between the shapes and forms, fostering playful exploration.  

This art installation is designed by Hazel Lim-Schlegel and Andreas Schlegel, with input from their young daughter, Hanna Schlegel.

Painting by the River with Tung Yue Nang

Venue: ACM Green
Date: 11 to 12 May 2024
Time: 8am to 11am
Fee: Free Admission

Spend a morning by the Singapore River with Chinese ink artist Tung Yue Nang as he paints a scene of its surrounding architecture and the people he meets. Drop by to observe him at work, have a chat, or just say hi!

Sound Journey in the Galleries with Space2B 

Venue: Ancestors and Rituals Gallery, Level 2
Date: 11 to 12 May 2024
Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm
Fee: Free Admission

Enjoy meditative, multi-instrumental sounds as you explore the galleries. Look out for architectural objects on display at ACM, such as screens and doors, a temple gateway model, the granary roof, and more. 

A Wes Anderson-ish Singapore: Short Film Screening and Intro to Architectural Photography with Kevin Siyuan 

Date: 11 May 2024
Time: 3pm to 4pm
Fee: Free Admission

Catch a screening of the first volume of A Wes Anderson-ish Singapore, a photographic exploration of Singapore’s built environment. Then, get tips on architectural photography from filmmaker Kevin Siyuan. After the workshop, explore the ACM building and put your skills into practice by photographing the museum’s unique spaces.

Tours & Workshops

Archaeology After Dark: Curator’s Tour 

Photo Credits: Asian Civilisations Museum (unless otherwise stated)

Meeting Point: Lobby, Level 1 
Date: 3 May 2024 
Time: 7.30pm to 8.30pm 
Fee: $15/participant (includes admission ticket) | Register here

In this special archaeology-themed tour, dig deep with curator Michael Ng as he shares insights and stories about the history of Empress Place, told through objects found during excavations in 1998 and 2015.

Our Civic District: A Tour with The Urbanist Singapore 

Photo Credit: Yong Min Ho

Meeting Point: Lobby, Level 1
Date: 11 to 12 May 2024
Time: 8.30am to 10.30am
Fee: $15/participant | Register here

If buildings could talk, what stories would they tell? Journey to the heart of Singapore’s history in this walking tour of the Civic District. Learn about the city’s iconic landmarks and discover how they have transformed across time.

LEGO workshop with Artisan Bricks 

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Kong

Date: 12 May 2024
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Fee: $28/parent-child pair | Register here

Build a mini temple gateway using LEGO bricks in this family-friendly workshop with Jeffrey Kong of Artisan Bricks. Discover the architectural features of Hindu temples, like Singapore’s iconic Sri Mariamman Temple. Check out a similar model of a temple gateway in the Ancestors and Rituals Gallery to see how yours compares! 


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Leona Quek
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