The enormous, elegant Empress Place Building is a landmark colonial government-office structure that overlooks the Singapore River in the central business district. Since the early 2000s, it’s been home to the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), considered one of the finest institutions in Asia. Its collection of Buddhist statues, textiles, porcelain, and other treasures represents more than 5,000 years of history in China, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and the Islamic world.
Dive deep into Singapore’s rich multi-ethnic origins with pan-Asian history and art exhibits at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Admission tickets are discounted from 7pm-9pm on Fridays and entry is always free for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Guided tours are available from knowledgeable and friendly local history buffs.