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Overview of Changi Museum and Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore.

Overview of Changi Museum

• The Changi Museum is a museum dedicated to Singapore’s history during the Second World War.
• In 1988, Singapore built a replica Chapel and Museum next to the Changi Prison.
• When Changi Prison was expanded in 2001, the Chapel and Museum was relocated to a new site 1 km away.
• The Changi Chapel and Museum was officially established on 15 February 2001.
• The Museum has a collection of paintings, photographs and personal effects donated by former POWs.
• Among the collection is a series of paintings and sketches by a POW named William Haxworth.
• In 1986, Haxworth’s wife donated a collection of over 400 paintings and sketches to the National Archives of Singapore.
• In the museum is a collection of water colour paintings by Mary Angela Bateman.
• He was one among the thousands of women and children held at Changi Prison for more than three years during the war

Essential Information about Changi Museum

OPENING HOURS : Daily 9.30am – 5pm(Including Public holidays)
(Last admission 4.30pm)
WEBSITE http://www.changimuseum.com
ADMISSION FEES Free admission
Audio Tours: $8 per Adult & $4 per Child
Special Group Rates are available with prior booking and upon confirmation of visit.
Changi Museum War Trails: ‘Changi WWII’ & ‘End of Empire – Singapore 1942 (A Battlefield Tour)’: $45 per Adult & $30 per Child

FEATURES: Free admission, Family friendly, disabled access, Tours & Trails, AM, PM
GOOD FOR: Culture, Art, History, Local Flavor

Overview of Asian Civilizations Museum

• The Asian Civilizations Museum is an institution which forms a part of the three museums of the National Museum of Singapore.
• It is one of the pioneering museums in the region to specialize in pan-Asian cultures and civilizations.
• The museum specializes in the material history of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia
• Established in April 22, 1997 (15 years ago).
• Location: 1 Empress Place, Singapore.
• Type: Southeast Asian, South Asian, West Asian and East Asian Heritage.
• Public transit access Raffles Place MRT Station.

Essential Information about Asian Civilization Museum

Opening hours: Monday 1pm- 7pm; Tuesday – Sunday 9am-7pm
(To 9pm on Fridays)
Admission charges:
• Free admission for visitors aged 6 and below.
• Free admission for all Singaporean and PR students, teachers and full-time National Service men (for more information, please click here).
• Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 60 years and above (please present ID for verification).
Individual Admission Adult $5.00 Concession* $2.50
Group Admission (group of 20 or more visitors) Adult $4.00 Concession* $2.00
ACM and Peranakan Museum Joint Ticket** Adult $10.00 Concession* $5.00
*Full time students and senior citizens aged 60 years and above (non-Singaporeans only, please present ID for verification).
**Joint ticket must be used within 7 days of purchase.
Discounted admission on Fridays, 7pm – 9pm

Guided Tours in Asian Civilization Museum

• Travel through 5000 years of Asian cultures with the help of our friendly guides.
• Look out for daily highlight tours of ACM’s permanent galleries all year round.
• Guided tours are not available during the volunteer guides’ annual break from end December to early January, and selected public holidays.
Guided tours by our volunteer guides are available daily at the following times.

Collection Highlights

– The Kangxi Emperor: Treasures from the Forbidden City, 13 March 2009 – 28 June 2009, at ACM.
– The Chinese collection is represented by:
• Fine Dehua porcelain figures
• Taoist and Buddhistic statuary
• Export porcelain
• Calligraphy
• Other examples of decorative art
– The South Asian Galleries feature statuary from a broad spectrum of periods including some fine Chola bronzes.
– Of particularly note is the Chola bronze sculpture of Uma, the consort of Shiva and that of Somaskanda.
– The early Buddhist art of India is also represented by works hailing from the Mathura and Gandhara schools.
– The red sandstone Mathura Buddha of the museum’s collection dated to the Kanishka era is rare and masterful work.

Other areas of note include:
• South Indian woodwork
• Nepali-Tibetan bronzes
• Textiles
• Late medieval miniatures
• Colonial prints

Aristocratic art of ancient Southeast Asia are:
• Khmer sculptures
• Javanese temple sculpture
• Buddhist art from Burma/ Thailand
• Sinicised temple art of Vietnam
• Peranakan gold
• Textiles
• Tribal ornament
• Theatrical masks

Certain gallery rooms are also used for temporary exhibitions:
A recent exhibition included:
• Spectacular Bronze Age masks from Sanxingdui
• Sichuan Province, China

Past exhibitions
• Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals.
• The Egawa Donation: A Collection of Japanese and Chinese Inspired Ceramics.
• Land of the Morning: The Philippines and its People.
• Seeing The Invisible: An Insight to Conservation.
• The Kangxi Emperor: Treasures from the Forbidden City.
• Fantastic Creatures!
• Neither East Nor West: Asians in Monochrome.
• Seeing Red: Propaganda and Material Culture in China (1966 – 1976).
• Hunters and Collectors: The Origins of the Southeast Asian Collection.
• The Unguarded Moment by Steve McCurry.
• Neither East Nor West: Asians in Monochrome.
• Seeing Red: Propaganda and Material Culture in China (1966 – 1976).
• Viet Nam! From Myth To Modernity.

Facilities Provided

• The museum has an Asian-themed restaurant with a large selection of local culinary delights and regional cuisines.
• There are also ballrooms and halls available for functions.
• The museum shop has museum-inspired souvenirs and a wide range of books on Asian art.

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to get to Asian Civilization Museum?

ACM Empress Place is a 5-minute walk from the Raffles Place MRT station.
• Public parking is available along Empress Place next to the Museum building.
• At the basement car park of the New Parliament House, at Six Battery Road and at One Fullerton across from the Fullerton Hotel.

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore – Asian civilization museum and Changi Mueseum

Blogs at yoursingapore.com
Blogs at acm.org.sg
Blogs at tripadvisor.in
Blogs and reviews at stb.gov.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – Asian civilization museum and Changi Museum

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