Last week I was in Singapore for 2 days. After doing a lunch meeting at Singapore Cricket Club near Padang, I had the rest of the day free. I got a suggestion that I visit the “Asian Civilisations Museum” that was just opposite on the other side of the road. Next 4 hours it was a learning experience for me at the museum.
Till the 1980s the building known as Empress Place Building was used for various Government Departments. In 1989 it was converted to be a museum and in 2003 it was completely transformed into Asian Civilisations Museum.
The museum has various galleries – Southeast Asia, West Asia/Islamic, Singapore River, China, India and more. Obviously, Singapore’s past is not long to be having numerous antiques of their own, but the way they have curated items from around the world into logical groupings of Religion, Culture, Language and Regions were easy to follow, and the explanations accompanying every artefact was the simplest I have read – for example the display cards about Vaishnavism or Arabic Numerals were interesting.
Next time, you are visiting Singapore, apart from Sentosa and Orchid Street, plan to spend a few hours here in this museum – it will be worth it!
Apart from the learning from the items on display, I met a neurosurgeon from the USA, who gave me a mini-lesson on philosophy on how everywhere in the Universe and in our body the same energy flows and are made of the same atoms that were created during big-bang!