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Adventures in East Asia

Asian Civilisations Museum

Next to the historic Singapore River, the Asian Civilisations Museum specialises in the material history of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia. Ten thematic galleries explored the traditional aspects of pan-Asian culture with an emphasis on the the regions strongly connected with Singapore's ethnic make-up.

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An eleventh gallery also exists to put on special exhibitions and when we visited, this consisted of the Hunters & Collectors Exhibition - The Origins of the Southeast Asian Collection.

The exhibition presented the story of six bold collectors who travelled in Asia from the 19th century onwards, collecting specimens as they did so. The collectors ranged in backgrounds, from explorers and naturalists to businessmen and missionaries, making the stories diverse and more interesting.

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Much of the Hunters & Collectors exhibits were of stuffed animal specimens.

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The rest of the galleries showcased the most objects from Southeast Asia, but also dedicated a room to China, and to West Asia / Islamic items. Here are some of the things we saw.

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See more photos of the Asian Civilisations Museum on Flickr.

Visit the Asian Civilisations Museum website.


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