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August 2016 Newsletter

Goodbye but not farewell

In September, Alan Chong, director of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum for six years, will move to the US to become director and CEO of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire.

He accomplished a great deal during his tenure, including the exhibition Terracotta Warriors (2011), the best-attended exhibition in NHB history, with a top-selling catalogue. This exhibition launched an innovative new virtual reality app, which paved the way for the current ACM app and free wi-fi. Last November, the museum opened the stunning Khoo Teck Puat Gallery – the new permanent home for the 9th-century Tang Shipwreck treasures. And the magnificent Kwek Hong Png Wing adds three floors of new galleries to the museum. Alan also worked hard to improve the design and scholarly standards of the museum’s publications.

Alan says: “Whatever success we had really came from teamwork between staff, board members, donors, and government agencies. Strong private and public support has allowed us to build a cross-cultural collection that I think will attract attention from around the world. The government believed in our mission, and helped with funding, together with generous private donors like the Hong Leong Foundation, and the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. Most of all, the ACM board lobbied on our behalf, and arranged numerous philanthropic events. I could not have had a better chairperson in Mrs Lee Suet Fern.

Collectors and donors also believed in our vision, and contributed funds and objects. Collectors like Peter Lee, Edmond Chin, Whang Shang Ying, and Betty Mariette are true experts in their own right, and are close friends of the museum. I could not have accomplished anything at the ACM without their help, and I will miss them all very much.”

Taking over as director is Kennie Ting, who previously served as group director at NHB overseeing the national museums, festivals, as well as corporate and professional development. Alan says, “I hope I left a good foundation for Kennie, whom I will continue to support and advise as required. Kennie brings a new perspective to the museum’s focus, and will take it to the next level of excellence. Our new chairman Loh Lik Peng, a highly dynamic worldly entrepreneur, will also bring much value to the museum. Together they bring many new strengths and ideas to the museum that will further improve its public profile. ”

Have you seen it yet?

Curtains come down on our Christianity in Asia special exhibition on 11 September! This first of its kind show has been receiving rave reviews locally and internationally with credits including “amazing”, “unique”, and “remarkable”. So waste no time and plan a visit soon. While you’re here at the museum, remember to pick up the book specially produced by our museum team for this exhibition. It’s a visual treat, and a great gift for Christmas

A feast for your senses!

Immerse yourself in festive colours, and sounds from East and West on the final weekend of our Christianity in Asia exhibition. Learn the Portuguese Eurasian folk dance “Jinkli Nona, light up your night with the Filipino “parol”, a 4m-tall outdoor lantern, and enjoy food and drinks along the scenic Singapore River! View programme


Surprise in our galleries

We welcomed some international stars this week. We found Dratini chillin’ by the Raffles Statue behind the museum, while his friends explored our galleries. Psyduck had a waddling good time at our Tang Shipwreck display, while Weedle and Slowpoke got a little cheeky. We had to remind Slowpoke not to climb onto the daybed in our Chinese Scholar gallery. Fearow was a bit fazed by our “no flying in the galleries” rule, but he still enjoyed our new Riverfront Wing. 

Calling all Pokémon Go Trainers!

Dodge the haze, and come for a weekday Pokémon hunt between 11.30am and 2pm, from 31 August to 9 September (excluding the weekend, 3 & 4 September). The first 20 people to present to the ACM Front Desk a photo of a Pokémon in our Christianity in Asia exhibition will receive a $25 Privé ACM dining voucher, and walk straight to lunch!

The grand prize of a $500 EMPRESS dining voucher will be awarded to one lucky winner! For a chance to win, simply post a photo of a Pokémon in our Christianity in Asia exhibition in the comments section of our contest post on the ACM Facebook page. Each unique photo gives you a greater chance to win.

BONUS! ACM will be dropping lures daily between 11.30am and 2pm during the contest. Admission to the Christianity in Asia exhibition is FREE during these times. Save on your data usage with our free wifi, and increase your chances to catch the rarest Pokémon with our Go Radar station at the ACM Front Desk. Come and catch ‘em all

A unique location for your special occasions

Our magnificent new wings and stunning galleries make the Asian Civilisations Museum one of the most enticing venues for corporate entertaining or private celebrations. With our wide range of spaces, we’re confident you’ll find the perfect fit your event. Contact us for available dates.

Local or Light? 

Fancy a fresh and light meal? Choose from our extensive selections of healthy (but hearty) salads and sandwiches for a quick lunch or a light dinner. If local is still your pick, try our delicious Chicken Curry Noodles, available from 1 September 2016. 

Extraordinary EMPRESS Evenings

Planning a birthday celebration, anniversary or proposal? Let us help you make your next night out an extra special one with our Extraordinary EMPRESS Evenings celebration package.

Programmes may change at short notice.                       

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By Car: Parking is available at Parliament House. The Fullerton Hotel. One Fullerton. Six Battery Road.