The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), located at the historic Empress Place Building, was opened on 1 March 2003. The museum presents the history and culture of Singapore’s ancestral cultures, with artefacts that span the entire Asian continent and over five thousand years of recorded history.
Permanent galleries are thematically organised into four geographic zones - China, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and the Islamic world – with each gallery utilising state-of-the-art technologies to ensure an immersive and experiential environment. ACM also regularly presents special exhibitions, in partnership with museums world-wide, on the history, people's and culture of major world civilisations.
The Empress Place Building itself is a National Monument. Built in 1864-65 as a city courthouse, it was subsequently used as government offices until the late 1980s. It is a prime example of the neo-classical Palladian architectural style used for civic and cultural buildings during Singapore’s Colonial Period.