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2016 - Issue No 2.

From Our Director, Dr Alan Chong

Visual splendours 

I’m happy to report that we had a wonderful turnout at the opening of Christianity in Asia, and there’s been a lot of good feedback on the exhibition. It’s the museum’s first special exhibition after the extensive revamp begun last year. We worked with 20 museums and collections in six different countries to put this show together. It’s a sign of the strong relationships we’ve built with international partners. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a great reason to come visit us.

For the annual Children’s Season we’ve set up a maze and educational play area for kids in Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Missing Mouse. Inspired by the ACM’s first children’s book, The Missing Mouse, the exhibition brings children on an adventure in the galleries through a story based on museum objects. Bring the kids for some school-holidays fun.

Our new evening programme After Hours has been a success – monthly evenings of drinks and gallery tours by curators. Look for them to resume in September. With refreshed galleries, a fascinating special exhibition, and our new café and restaurant, you’re bound to find something to entice you here at the ACM. 


Don’t just look, hear it.

Time travel with us at the Christianity in Asia special exhibition. Transport yourself back to a Chinese home in the 1700s.  Picture an elaborate altar as you listen to the sounds of the household. The rich voices of Chinese opera singers on the radio, the rustle of prayer beads and a quietly whispered request, the sounds of cooking in the kitchen. Go on an aural adventure as you delight in the artworks in the show by creating a personal audio tour. Then share it with your friends.  


Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Missing Mouse
28 May to 11 September 2016
Recommended for children ages 7 to 12, and for the young at heart.
Free admission to the Missing Mouse exhibition

Are you ready to search for a missing mouse? Experience a story about friendship and adventure in the museum as you join Ganesha on his hunt for his best friend, Mr Mouse. Explore meandering mazes, paths, and passages to track him down. Create your own adventure in the museum! This exhibition is based on the museum’s first children’s book, The Missing Mouse.

Through hands-on activities, workshops, programmes, and tours, you can learn more about animals – both real and mythical – in Asian art. Check out other Children’s Season programmes at the ACM. 

Christianity in Asia lecture series
By Land and by Sea: Early Christians in Asia
Dr Ken Parry
Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 7 to 8:30pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM 

Learn about the earliest evidence of Christians in Asia. Dr Ken Parry is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney, and President of the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies and Eastern Christianity. 

The Lost Tribe of Chetti Melaka – Who Are We?
David Bok
Friday, 24 June 2016, 7 to 8:30pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM 

Peranakan Indians, who trace their roots to southern India, came to the region 500 years ago. David Bok, secretary of the Chetti Malaka (Peranakan Indian) Association of Singapore, will tell their story in this lecture


We Love Local

Discover the flavours of Singapore with our monthly “We Love Local” specials. From 10 June, tuck into a “sedap” bowl of Nyonya Mee Siam, and pair it with a refreshing glass of Iced Calamansi Juice. You’ll feel like there’s a team of Peranakan grandmothers cooking in the kitchen! 

Extraordinary EMPRESS Evenings

Planning that next 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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