The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is Singapore’s national museum of Asian antiquities and decorative art. As the only museum in Asia with a pan-Asian scope, ACM is devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia through its outstanding collection of masterpieces and special exhibitions. Opened in 1997 and located in its present building by the Singapore River since 2003, the museum traces its roots to the Raffles Museum, founded in the middle of the 19th century. ACM focuses on the many historical connections between cultures and civilisations in Asia and between Asia and the rest of the world.
ACM presents the history and art history of Asia through the lens of Singapore as a cosmopolitan Asian port city, connecting people and cultures in Asia and beyond. ACM celebrates Asian aesthetics, craft and imagination through four broad, cross-cultural and pan-Asian themes: Maritime Trade, Faith and Belief, Materials and Design, Peranakan.