Visitor Information

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Last Updated: 23 Jun 2022 08:27:13 AM

Opening Hours

Daily

10am - 7pm

Friday

10am - 9pm

Admission to all galleries ends 30 minutes before closing time.

Getting Here

Housed in the historic Empress Place Building by the Singapore River, ACM is devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia.

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By Car

Drivers (drop-off only) can reach the Asian Civilisations Museum via a road behind Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, via Parliament Place and Old Parliament Lane. Public parking is available at the basement car park of the New Parliament House, at Six Battery Road and at One Fullerton across from the Fullerton Hotel. Please note that Anderson Bridge and Connaught Drive are now closed to public.

By Bus

The Asian Civilisations Museum is a 2-minute walk from the Fullerton Square bus stop (03011), via bus services 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 196, 196e, 700, 850E, 868, 951E, and 971E.

By Train

The Asian Civilisations Museum is a 5-minute walk from Raffles Place MRT station (Exit H).

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In-Museum & Digital Guided Tours

Gain a deeper understanding of the museum's collection and exhibitions through our guided tours.
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Allie the Virtual Museum Host

Allie provides maps, self-guided tours, and accessibility tools to help you navigate the museum and learn more about highlight objects in each gallery.

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Accessibility & Services

DROP OFF AND PARKING

Special arrangements for security clearance for drop-off at the front entrance of the museum can be made for visitors with mobility needs. Drivers can reach the front entrance via Old Parliament Lane behind Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. Wheelchair accessible vehicles can park beside the front entrance.

Please call our Visitor Services helpline at +65 6332 7798 or email us at nhb_acm_VS@nhb.gov.sg two working days in advance to make necessary arrangements, where possible.

ENTRANCES WITH RAMPS

ACM is housed in a historic building with two accessible entrances (Front Entrance and River Entrance) with ramps that will lead you to the Visitor Services counter at the Museum Lobby.

LIFTS AND STAIRLIFT

All galleries can be accessed by lifts. There are three visitor lifts, and one stairlift in the museum:

  • To go to galleries on Levels 1 and 2, take the lift behind the lobby OR the lift outside Court and Company gallery on Level 1.
  • To go to galleries on Level 3, take the lift outside Court and Company gallery on Level 1, OR outside the Christian Art gallery on Level 2.
  • To go to the basement, take the lift near the spiral staircase, opposite Privé cafe on Level 1.
  • At the basement, a stairlift is available to bring visitors down a flight of stairs to the Ngee Ann Auditorium and other rooms.
WHEELCHAIRS AND STROLLERS

All galleries can be accessed by wheelchairs.

Manual and motorised wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and standard-size strollers are allowed in all galleries.

Manual wheelchairs are free to borrow at the Front Desk in the lobby.

ACCESSIBLE AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY WASHROOMS

There are three wheelchair-friendly washrooms in the museum.

  • On Level 1, near Empress restaurant.
  • On Level 2, outside the River Room.
  • At the basement near the lift and the spiral staircase.

A family friendly washroom with child-protection seat, baby changing station, and nursing room with hot water dispenser is available at the basement. Most of our washrooms have child-protection seats

LOCKERS AND MOBILE CHARGING STATION

Lockers and mobile charging station are located on Level 1, behind the lobby.

SEATING

Benches are available throughout the museum on all levels. Most of these benches have armrests at both ends. Portable, foldable stools are free to borrow at the Visitor Services counter.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Service animals, including guide dogs and hearing dogs, are welcome in the museum. Visitors with service animals are encouraged to call the Visitor Services at +65 6332 7798 or email nhb_acm_VS@nhb.gov.sg at least two working days in advance.

MAGNIFYING GLASSES

Magnifying glasses are available to borrow in exchange for a photo-ID at the Front Desk.

For tour groups requiring more than 5 magnifying glasses, please call the Visitor Services at +65 6332 7798 or email nhb_acm_VS@nhb.gov.sg at least three working days in advance.

(Note: Magnifying glasses should be used with great care so as not to damage any artworks or showcases in the museum. They are of little use in the museum because showcases prevent visitors from getting close enough for the magnification range.)

SOCIAL STORY
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LARGE-PRINT GUIDES

Click on the gallery names below to view and download object labels for each gallery, which can be enlarged or used with Text to Speech applications to aid people with vision impairments.

ACCESS RESOURCES

ACM & Friends Fun Pack

A resource for independent learning both in and out of ACM, the ACM & Friends Fun Pack has been specially designed for children and adults across all learning abilities in consultation with SPD. Print out the activity sheets inspired by ACM objects, follow the instructions, and have an enjoyable time learning about these artworks through play. The puzzles and hands-on activities in the kit can be used at home or during a self-guided visit to ACM.

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Audio Description Tours

Listen to descriptions of key objects in our collection from the comfort of your home. Our Audio Description Tours are written with details that may seem unnecessary to some sighted listeners, but they are useful for persons with Vision Impairment. 

Listen here.

ACCESS PROGRAMMES

Up Close with ACM

Look out for upcoming programmes here.

Group Visits

  • Visit the museum with on one of our specially tailored programmes for schools, community and corporate group visits.
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Group Visits

  • Visit the museum with on one of our specially tailored programmes for schools, community and corporate group visits.

Visitor Tips

BEFORE YOUR VISIT

ACM implements vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (VDS) for entry into our museum. Please note that you will need to wear a mask throughout all programmes. For more information, please visit National Heritage Board's Safe Management Measures for Museum Stakeholders.

DURING YOUR VISIT

Museum Etiquette

  • Children must be accompanied by adults at all times.
  • Keeping our voices low will allow everyone to enjoy the galleries.
  • Please refrain from touching any artefacts on open display. Touching artefacts, paintings, or works is prohibited because oil from fingers will contaminate and eventually destroy the objects.
  • Your safety is important to us. Please do not lean on showcases as they can break under pressure. Please do not run in the museum as this may cause our artefacts to be knocked over.
  • Students with prepared worksheets, please ensure that only pencils are used in the galleries. Pen marks on walls or panels are difficult to erase.
  • lease eat or drink outside the museum. Our galleries need to be kept clean from food, spillage, and pests.

8 signs that represent "No flash photography", "No touching of artefacts", "No food and drinks", "Keep voices low", "Do not run", "No bags in the galleries", "Children must be accompanied by adults at all times", "Only pencils are allowed in galleries and not pens"

Photography & Filming

  • Photography without flash and videography are permitted in the galleries.
  • No images of the museum or its collection may be reproduced for commercial use without permission from ACM. Please contact our Corporate Communications team if you would like to seek permission or more information on commercial photography.
AFTER YOUR VISIT

The museum offers eating, drinking, and shopping options to complement your visit.

  • Privé ACM

    Casual all-day dining concept offering unbeatable views of the Singapore River and the CBD skyline. (Link: http://www.priveacm.com.sg/)

  • EMPRESS

    For an uplifting and lively dining experience. (Link: http://www.empress.com.sg/)

  • SUPERMAMA, THE MUSEUM STORE

    Supermama is a Singaporean design and lifestyle goods brand. Founded in 2010, the store seeks to provide a museum-like respite to the busyness of urban life. (Link: https://supermamastore.com/)

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