16 Apr 2021 - 19 Sep 2021

Life in Edo Rotations:
‣ First rotation: 16 April - 11 July 2021
‣ Second rotation: 12 July - 19 September 2021

Getting Here
5 mins walk from Raffles Place MRT Station (Exit H)

More Info

Singaporeans & Permanent Residents | $12
Foreign Residents & Tourists | $20

Purchase ACM's Singapore Rediscovers Voucher (SRV) packages* here.
*Weekdays and non-public holidays only.

View concession prices and book your admission tickets in advance here.

Timed-Entry into special exhibition, Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto on weekends and public holidays

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and in line with tightened safe management measures, ACM is introducing hourly timed-entries on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for admissions to Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto. Based on ACM's opening hours from 10am to 7pm, the first timed-entry slot will begin from 10am to 11am, with the last timed-entry slot from 6pm to 7pm.

Visitors may book their timed-entry slots for weekends and public holidays online at SISTIC, and are encouraged to arrive at ACM 15 minutes before their selected time slot.

Timed-entry will not apply on weekday (Monday to Friday) admissions to Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto. Visitors can enjoy discounted admission and free merchandise on their weekday visits via ACM's SRV packages available on KLOOK.




Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto, is presented in collaboration with Kobe Shimbun and Russel Wong. The double-bill exhibition is centred on Japanese culture and craftsmanship, showcasing an array of woodblock prints and photography. These artworks tell stories of traditional and contemporary Japan, and reveal how one often merges into the other.


The exhibition is presented in two parts, each spotlighting a different time period and multiple aspects of life in Japan:


Life in Edo 


Discover everyday activities of the Edo period (1603–1868) in Life in Edo – a showcase of woodblock prints and paintings which have come to be called "ukiyo-e" (pictures of the floating world). Subjects include people's travels, ideas on beauty, foods they craved, entertainments, and even the beloved pets of the era. This extensive collection of 157 colourful ukiyo-e prints – the most ever shown in a single exhibition in Singapore – features works from the great masters, including Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and more. These historical masterpieces paint a picture of the forward and fascinating lifestyles of the Japanese during the time.

Because these prints are so light-sensitive, midway through the exhibition, a completely new set of prints will be displayed. The second half can be seen from 12 July onwards, allowing visitors to double their pleasure with the life in old Japan.


Russel Wong in Kyoto


On the other side of the exhibition, Russel Wong in Kyoto premieres photographs from the celebrity photographer’s 13-year-long, ongoing personal project to document the geiko of Kyoto, shedding light on some of the rarely seen and lesser-known traditions of this private community and their place in modern society. 

Forty black-and-white photographs illustrate customs and traditions of geishas – called "geiko" in Kyoto. These include the tea ceremony and the lesser known Erikae ceremony, a two-week process where a maiko (geiko in training) prepares herself to become a geiko. Emulating the ukiyo-e prints on display, nearly all the photographs have been printed in ōban size, the most popular woodblock print format during the Edo period.


The exhibition takes a winding path through the two sections, and intersects in a contemplative space where visitors can take a brief rest to compare a work by ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige with one by Russel Wong. This juxtaposition of past and present, both in medium and subject, hopes to prompt a re-evaluation of lines drawn between traditional and contemporary. Visitors can reflect on how past trends and lifestyles can echo so vividly in today's modern society. 



‣ Interpretive space


EdoKyotoLife in Edo a 

Discover Japanese art and culture in this interactive
space in ACM’s Level 2 Foyer. Customise a virtual woodblock print, try photo-editing, and hang your wishes at our make-a-wish wall. 

Can’t wait to start? You can start customising your woodblock print from home first. Simply head to the Life in Edo microsite to get started, then see it come to life at ACM.



‣ Trail Booklet


Edo-Kyoto_Trail Booklet 

Take a trip through Japan (and back in time!) with our family-friendly trail booklet. Download it here or head to the museum to collect a physical copy, which comes in a special folio.  

Suitable for ages 9 and up.




‣ Programmes

Join us for a mix of onsite and online programmes as part of our special exhibition Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto

All onsite programmes will follow current Singapore Safe Management Measures (SMMs). You will need to wear a face mask and remain in your personal group (max. 2 pax) throughout all programmes. Measures are based on SMMs for Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) and are subject to change based on the latest Singapore government advisories.  

Please check this page or follow us on Peatix regularly for more updates.


EdoKyotoSunday Out 

Sunday Out!

Sundays, 9 May, 11 Jul, 12 Sep 2021
1–5pm, Online and Onsite

Free admission to some programmes.
Safe Management Measures will be implemented for all onsite programmes.

Enjoy a fun time bonding with the whole family when you sign up for our weekend workshops inspired by themes of the special exhibition. Learn the art of woodblock printing, make your own pinhole camera, build your own mini Japanese garden, and more.

Programmes are fully subscribed for 9 May's Sunday Out! Stay tuned for registration updates on subsequent editions.  


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Yasumi Fridays

Friday, 23 Jul 2021 
7–9pm, Online and Onsite 

Free admission to some programmes. 
Safe Management Measures will be implemented for all onsite programmes. 

Have a “yasumi” (relaxing) Friday evening at ACM and unleash your creativity. Pick up basic photography or woodblock printing skills, join a tour conducted by ACM Friends of the Museum docents, or attend a film screening. Whether you’re making a trip to the museum or tuning in from the comfort of your own home, there’s something for everyone.



Conversations – A Discussion with Russel Wong | Glimpses of Japan, from Home

Friday, 14 May 2021 
3–4pm, Facebook 

Find out from a diverse panel about Japanese traditions being practised here in Singapore, as well as Japanese arts and cultural activities one can experience locally. Join us for this online webinar where we discuss how cross-cultural influences present themselves today.


Russel Wong | Celebrity Photographer

A/P Sujatha A. Meegama | Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design, and Media, Nanyang Technological University

Nemoto Saina | Deputy Director, Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

Clement Onn | Senior Curator, Asian export art and Peranakan, ACM


Mayumi Boelens | Bilingual Emcee and Voice Talent


Artist  Curator Tour 

Artist & Curator Tour – featuring Clement Onn and Russel Wong

Wednesday, 11 Aug 2021 
7.30 to 9pm, Onsite 

$30 per participant. Limited to 8 participants. 
Safe Management Measures will be implemented for all onsite programmes. 

Join us on an exclusive tour that will take you into the heart of Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto. Follow exhibition curator Clement Onn and renowned fashion and portrait photographer Russel Wong as they share their thoughts on the show. 

9 Jun's tour is fully subscribed. Stay tuned for registration updates on 11 Aug's tour. 


EdoKyotoFocus on  Art 

Focus on...Art

Fridays, 21 May, 23 Jul 2021
8pm, Facebook

Would you like to know more about a woodblock print or photograph from our exhibition? Catch short videos that feature exhibition curator Clement Onn and renowned photographer Russel Wong. They highlight fascinating observations on a select artwork.


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Food Talks

Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021
Saturday, 14 Aug 2021
8pm, Facebook 

Learn about history and food culture of Edo-period Japan that continues today in these informative videos.


Edo-Kyoto_Tanabata Celebrations 

Tanabata Celebrations

Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021, Facebook
Saturday, 14 Aug 2021, Onsite 

Celebrate this beloved Japanese festival with ACM. Learn more about the folk legend that inspired the Tanabata Festival and how the event is celebrated in Japan. Check our Facebook page on 7 July to join in on the festivities online, or come to the museum to collect a special goodie bag on 14 August. 


Edo-Kyoto_Street x Ukiyo-e Open Call 

Street x Ukiyo-e Open Call

Calling all sneakerheads and budding designers! Show us your best sneaker design inspired by ukiyo-e art. Stay tuned for more details to come.


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