13 Mar 2021 - 21 Mar 2021

11am - 7pm daily

Getting here

5 min walk from Raffles Place MRT Station (Exit H)


General admission to ACM Caravanserai is free.

F&B, retail and programming charges apply.

This March holiday, come visit ACM’s first Caravanserai, held on the plaza at the front of the museum. The event celebrates ACM's refreshed brand – championing design, craft, and innovation in the space of tradition by bringing together local artists, artisans, and practitioners of craft. Inspired by travelling caravans of past Asian civilisations, this pop up brand activation acts as a rest stop for the curious traveller of today, offering F&B and products that boast exquisite craftsmanship, complemented by artisanal programmes and activities for all. Look forward to exclusive launches, shopping, and unique experiences that focus on craft, innovation, and lifestyle.


Admission to ACM’s permanent galleries are free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.


Exclusive Preview 


Priscilla Shunmugam

Suvarnabumi by Ong Shunmugam

Get an exclusive sneak peek of a new launch from Ong Shunmugam’s homeware line, Suvarnabumi – a capsule collection of distinctly Ong Shunmugam rattan furniture. 

About Ong Shunmugam
Ong Shunmugam is a contemporary fashion brand headquartered in Singapore. Layers of Asian aesthetic, iconography, and symbolism inform the label’s new take on old ways and its mission to engage the modern mind in dialogue about origin and identity.




By Ceramication

Rayn Ceramication 

‣ Slipcasting

Sat, 13 Mar – 11:30am to 12:30pm
Wed, 17 Mar – 5:30 to 6:30pm
Sun, 21 Mar – 2 to 3pm & 4:30 to 5:30pm

$50 per pax 
Book your tickets via Peatix

Try your hand at creating your very own 4-piece teacup set in a basic workshop of slipcasting. In contrast to wheel-throwing, slipcasting uses moulds to produce predetermined forms. Participants will be able to produce a set of teacups and decorate them by painting, craving, piercing, or attaching embellishments.

This workshop is suitable for children ages 12 and up. All children below 12 must be accompanied by 1 adult.


‣ Pottery Painting

Sat, 13 Mar – 2 to 3pm & 4:30 to 5:30pm
Wed, 17 Mar – 2 to 3pm
Sun, 21 Mar – 11:30am to 12:30pm

$25 per pax
Book your tickets via Peatix

Learn various applications of ceramic glazes and get to paint and decorate your own bisque pot! 

This workshop is suitable for all ages. Children below 8 must be accompanied by 1 adult.


By Alysha Rahmat Shah

Alysah Rahmat Shah(1) 

‣ Art of Embroidery

Sun, 14 Mar – 11:30am to 12:30pm & 4:30 to 5:30pm
Mon, 15 Mar – 2 to 3pm
Tue, 16 Mar – 2 to 3pm
Fri, 19 Mar – 5:30 to 6:30pm
Sat, 20 Mar – 2 to 3pm 

$30 per pax
Book your tickets via Peatix

Embroidery is a technique that has been used throughout the ages, and this fine needlework features on many pieces throughout ACM’s permanent collection.

Find out more about this artform that has a long history as a storytelling medium and try your hand at basic stitch patterns that will get you on your way to creating your own motifs and symbols. Conducted by mixed-media artist Alysha Rahmat Shah, this workshop will touch on her work process and share the inspiration and some stories behind her pieces.

This workshop is suitable for children aged 12 and up.


‣ Batik Patchwork

Sun, 14 Mar – 2 to 3pm
Mon, 15 Mar – 5:30 to 6:30pm
Tue, 16 Mar – 5:30 to 5:30pm
Fri, 19 Mar – 2 to 3pm
Sat, 20 Mar – 11:30am to 12:30pm & 4:30 to 5:30pm

$30 per pax
Book your tickets via Peatix

Learn more about batik and patchwork making! Participants will learn two basic embroidery stiches and create their very own mini patchwork quilt from recycled batik scraps. 

This workshop is suitable for children ages 8 and up.


Food & Beverage (Takeaway Only) 


Craft  Culture Kombucha


Get your hands on the world’s first Golden Flower Black Tea Kombucha!

Unlike green, black, oolong, and pu-erh tea, Golden Flower Tea is an original post-fermented brick tea that contains a special fungus variant which ripens in the form of bright yellow clusters or "golden flowers". These miraculous golden flowers transform astringent, tannic black teas into a sweet, mellow brew that’s low in caffeine and also boasts several health benefits, like reducing hypertension and blood cholesterol, promoting weight loss, and boosting immunity.




Available from Monday to Friday (15-19 Mar)

Inspired by the gold artefacts prominently featured in the museum, the Salted Caramel Mochi Brownie with Gold Flakes is a treat suitable for both adults and kids. 

Various sea salt flavoured bakes are also available, such as the Sea Salt and Peanut Butter Mochi Brownie, Sea Salt and Chocolate Chip Cookie, and Sea Salt and Pecan Cookie, all reminiscent of the ancient salt cellars. Along with these specialities, must-try items are their signature Mochi Muffins, which come in two flavours, Double Chocolate and Cinnamon.et your hands on the world’s first Golden Flower Black Tea Kombucha! 


Elijah Pies_2


Only available on 13 & 14 Mar

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these insta-worthy pies! Specially curated flavours for the ACM Caravanserai include Wild Berry Lavender, Raspberry Ripple, and Pandan Coconut Pie.

Taking visual cues from selected ceramic objects at ACM, the faces of the Wild Berry Lavender and Raspberry Ripple pies boast intricately drawn lavender swirls on a luscious white base, and the soft pillowy waves of raspberry compote form an elegant ripple texture.




Only available on 21 Mar

Pulling inspiration from the array of spices and eclectic variety of trinkets available along the Silk Road, Krusty by Kausmo will be retailing their signature Krusty Chilli Oil, a special mocktail, along with savory bites such as the XO Scallion Bread Ring and Wild Pepper Chimichurri Swirl Bun, which are inspired by the intricate bracelets and rings found in the museum.


Mr Bucket Chocolaterie_2


Drawing inspiration from ACM’s ginger-form teapot, Mr Bucket Chocolaterie has created new ginger bites in tribute to this spice of Southeast Asian origin: Chocolate coated Ginger and Almond Bites. 

The delicious chocolate treat comprises caramelised almonds and candied ginger, coated with single-origin 72% Dark Chocolate from Sungai Ruan, Malaysia.


Sourbombe Artisanal Bakery


Only available on 20 Mar

In collaboration with the ACM Caravanserai, Sourbombe Artisanal Bakery has created an all new flavor, incorporating crunchy caramelised buckwheat, for the nuttiness to depict the historic aura of the museum, paired with fragrant Oolong custard and apricot compote, inspired by the gold objects in ACM’s collection. 

The Sourbombe complements the rich yet sophisticated filling to deliver an ultimate treat that will blast your expectations and blow your tastebuds.




Experience a lifestyle marketplace focusing on Asian craft and design, featuring a selection of lifestyle goods from local design labels including handcrafted fans, jewellery, face masks, homewear, and ceramics. 




Handmade in small batches locally using low impact materials and processes, this limited series of trays, saucers, and dishes draws inspiration from the rich ethnic diversity and colourful heritage of the Straits Chinese (aka Peranakans) as seen through the vibrant collection of nyonya porcelain wares within the Asian Civilisation Museum.




These mask designs are modern, but inspirations from the Ceramics and Fashion & Textiles collections at the museum can be easily spotted across each mask. Peony motifs from 19th- and 20th-century Straits Chinese porcelain used for auspicious occasions made their way into the Chinese New Year collection, while patola silk textiles featuring intricate floral designs in rhombus-shaped motifs imported from Gurajat in the 19th and early 20th century (which were echoed in Southeast Asian textiles designs) have inspired designs in the Mewah Collection.




In the museum’s permanent collection, you will see antique amulet items set with crystals and gems, such as the silver Brooch inlayed with Turquoise Garuda from 19th-century Tibet and the Two Pendant Amulet Portable Shrines from Nepal. These items are evidence of the belief and use of crystals for religious or higher spiritual purpose.

The Soul Candy collection incorporates symbolism and spirituality into its pieces by strategically placing healing crystals and chakra stones on necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Amulet jewellery acts as a reminder of one’s own strength, intention, and truth. It serves to help you take charge of your energy as you navigate personal spiritual journeys.




Maharani is a Sanskrit word that means “great queen”. It is the female counterpart of a maharaja, which is a Hindu monarch or prince in India who ranked above a raja. The title of maharani would be given to the wife of a maharaja or to a woman who was a ruler in her own right.

Danielle, designer of the MAHARANI ENERGY collection, finds great appreciation in Indian ethnic jewellery. This collection is her take on incorporating beautiful natural gems and ethnic jewellery, making them magical pieces with intention, to be worn for any occasion, by every woman who is a maharani.




Using the technique and craft of Javanese leather shadow puppetry, each fan is made from cowhide sanded down to a paper consistency, a process that takes two weeks.

Pubumésu is a Singapore-based accessories brand that encompasses Asian culture and heritage through fashion. Founded by Singapore-raised, London Cordwainer graduate, Indonesian Putri Soediono, the company aims to modernise traditional craftsmanship while preserving its traditional techniques.




The art of ceramics has been documented as early as 26,000 years ago in human history. Known to be a versatile medium for both functional objects and sculpture, these aspects of ceramics are evident in the variety of items made in the medium found in ACM’s permanent collection.

Bring home a piece of pottery for yourself from this specially curated collection of unique one-off ceramic bowls, cups, and dishes.




ACM's collection of trade objects resonates with them, as the brand works very closely with makers not just locally but around the region, in Malaysia and Indonesia, for instance. Their latest collection of weatherproof furniture and cane pieces is the fruit of good relationships with their trade counterparts in Surabaya.

The brand’s curation for this pop-up spans handy home storage solutions, like the WEAVE Weatherproof Poufs, to smaller items, like the Papercut Room Diffusers, their iconic cut-out silhouette reminiscent of the jali screens from 16th- to 17th-century India.