Things to Explore at Asian Civilisations Museum this Month

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Here’s a look at some of the exhibitions and programs happening in April at the Asian Civilisations Museum!

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Date: Mon - Sun
Time: 10 am – 7 pm (Sat – Thu) | 10 am – 9 pm (Fri)
Admission: (book)

  • Singapore Residents: Free
  • Standard: $8/adult | $4/concession | Free for below 6 years
    Concession admission is for students and senior citizens with valid id 

Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is Singapore’s national museum of Asian antiquities and decorative art. The museum focuses on the many historical connections between cultures and civilisations in Asia, and between Asia and the world.

Here are the highlights of the exhibitions and programs happening at the museum this month.

1. Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto

Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto
16 Apr – 19 Sep 2021 | Sat – Thu: 10 am – 7 pm & Fri: 10 am – 9 pm 

Do note that entry to the exhibition is ticketed at $12 for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, and $20 for foreign residents and tourists. 

Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto at Asian Civilisations Museum explores Japanese art and culture through woodblock prints and photography. The showcase provides a glimpse into both the Edo period and contemporary Kyoto. 

The woodblock prints section looks at lifestyles and trends of Edo period Japan (1603 – 1868), including people’s travels, ideas on beauty, pets, food, and entertainment. The other component explores the beauty of nature and architecture of Kyoto today. It also captures the vanishing traditions of the geisha (geiko in Kyoto dialect) community through the lens of Singaporean photographer Russel Wong.

2. Let’s Learn About…

Let’s Learn About… Celebrating the New Year in Southeast Asia
1 – 30 Apr 2021 | All-day

In this month’s series Let’s Learn About…, the museum is shining a spotlight on Celebrating the New Year in Southeast Asia. We may have ushered in a new calendar on 1 Jan but did you know that some countries in Southeast Asia celebrate New Year in April? Here is your chance to find out more about the countries and why as well as how the New Year is celebrated. 

3. Friday with Friends!

Friday with Friends! – Temples, Oxcarts, and Flying Boats
23 Apr 2021 | 7 pm 

Friday with Friends! – Temples, Oxcarts, and Flying Boats will bring you on a learning journey through Angkor’s (Cambodia) transformation into a tourist destination in the early 20th century with author and journalist John Burgess. 

While the webinar is free, slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register for a slot online. 

Permanent Galleries


Galleries on the First Level tell the story of Trade. The story begins in the 9th century, with the Tang Shipwreck display. The more than 1000 pieces of ceramics, gold, and silver displayed tell the story of the bustling Indian Ocean trade, and of globalisation long before the term was coined.

Faith and Belief

Second-Level galleries present systems of Faith and Belief; their origins in Asia, their spread across the continent by land and by sea, and their localisation each step of the way.

Materials and Design

Decorative art is the focus on the third floor, highlighting a major aspect of the museum's collection. Materials and Design affirms the museum's dedication to the aesthetics and craftsmanship of objects that illuminate global, regional and local exchanges.

Image credits Asian Civilisations Museum



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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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