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LET’S LEARN ABOUT… is a series of online resources perfect for children and grown-ups to enjoy together! Every month, look out for a wide range of topics, bite-size fun facts, quizzes, puzzles, videos, and sharing from the museum folks at ACM to help you learn more about our objects.


In December, Let’s Learn About…Lacquering! Discover how this protective and attractive material has been used to decorate objects from across Asia.

In October, Let’s Learn About…Enamelling! Enamelled objects are valued for their vibrant colours and intricate designs. Admire pieces from the ACM collection and try your hand at creating an enamel-inspired artwork.

In August, Let’s Learn About… Beadwork! Discover how beads have been used to make decorative fabrics in different parts of Asia. Then, try your hand at creating your own embroidered artwork.

In July, Let’s Learn About…Embroidery! Discover how this technique has been used to make decorative fabrics in different parts of Asia. Then, try your hand at creating embroidery artwork.

In June, Let’s Learn About…Tortoiseshell! Discover more about this highly valued material and where it comes from. Then, colour some objects with your own tortoiseshell patterns.

In April, Let’s Learn About…Ivory! Discover more about the history of this valuable material and learn how to make an Indian art bookmark.

In March, Let’s Learn About…BronzeFind out how this metal has been used since ancient times to make vessels, tools, and statues.

In February, Let’s Learn About…Marble! Find out how this material has been used to make furniture and sculptures across Asia. 

In January, Let’s Learn About…Sandstone! Discover how this durable material has been used to make sculptures across different parts of Asia. Then, try your hand at carving your own sculpture out of soap!



In December, Let’s Learn About…Block printing! Watch a video of a textile artist using wood blocks to create designs on fabric, and explore beautiful block-printed textiles in our collection.

In November, Let’s Learn About…Wood! Discover how this useful material has been used to make everything from furniture to building models. Then, take a quiz to test your knowledge.

In October, Let’s Learn About…Glass! Discover how this hard yet fragile material has been made into everyday objects for thousands of years.

In September, Let’s Learn About…Gold and Silver! Find out why these metals are so valued and the shimmery objects they are used to make. 

In August, Let’s Learn About…Mother-of-pearl! Find out about this precious material, and marvel at the beautiful mother-of-pearl objects on display at ACM.  

In July, Let's Learn About...Batik! Discover how batik is made, then explore the beautiful batiks in the ACM collection.

In June, Let’s Learn About…Porcelain! Discover objects from our collection made of this material, and create your own bowl out of clay!

In May, Let’s Learn About…Buddhism! Check out ACM’s Buddhist art collection, and discover more about the religion. Then, listen to a story about the Buddha.

In April, Let’s Learn About…Judaism! Read more about the religion and explore related objects from our collection.

In March, Let’s Learn About…Sikhism! Find out more about this religion, and discover related objects that will soon be on display at ACM.

In February, Let’s Learn About…Nyonyaware! Check out these colourful ceramics often found in Peranakan homes. Be inspired to design a card with auspicious motifs.

In January, Let's Learn About...Trade Goods from Asia! Join us to uncover some of the desired objects from this region that were traded across the seas in the past.




In December, Let’s Learn Aboutcelebrations over food! As the year wraps up, take some time to celebrate your family and friends, and explore objects from ACM's collection that remind us of having food together.

In November, Let's Learn About...Natural DyesWatch a video on dyes made from our natural environment, then try creating your own yellow fabric from turmeric. 

In October, Let's Learn About...Children's DayFind out how Children’s Day is celebrated around Asia, and discover objects from our collection that were made with children in mind.

In September, Let's Learn About...Mid-Autumn Festival and discover some objects from our collection that relate to the moon.

In August, Let’s Learn AboutOur Home, Our Nation! Learn about our past from the objects unearthed around the Singapore River, close to where ACM is located. 

In July, Let’s Learn AboutRacial Harmony Day! Celebrate cultural diversity by taking a look at objects in ACM’s collection. 

In June, Let’s Learn About…Dragons! Read about the Dragon Boat Festival and listen to a storytelling audio clip on the legend of the four dragons in ancient China.

In May, Let’s Learn About…Hari Raya Puasa! Find out more about this celebration and discover some treasures from the Islamic world in ACM's collection.

In April, Let’s Learn About…Celebrating the New Year in Southeast Asia! April is the month of the New Year for some Southeast Asian countries. Find out why and how it is celebrated. 

In March, Let’s Learn About…Keeping Healthy and Calm! Changes around us can make us feel anxious or overwhelmed. Find out some ways to bring back a sense of balance to our lives by discovering some of ACM’s objects. 

In February, Let’s Learn About…Lunar New Year! 2021 is the Year of the Ox, so find out more about the ox and other cattle – cows, bulls, water buffaloes – and their symbolism in different Asian cultures.

In January, Let's Learn Aboutstationery from the past! As school reopens with the new year, find out what people of the past might have had in their study spaces.




In December, Let’s Learn About…Christmas and some objects from our collection that relate to this holiday.

In November, Let’s Learn About…Deepavali

In October, Let’s Learn About…making ceramics!

In September, Let’s Learn About...the educators at our museum!  

In August, in line with National Day, Let’s Learn About...Cross-Cultural Art!

In July, Let’s Learn About...Chinese Art and Couture


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