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Cities & Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar

Asian Civilisations Museum 02 Dec 2016 - 05 Mar 2017 10am to 7pm (daily), 10am to 9pm (Fridays) Admission is ticketed, please see prices below

This exhibition introduces the art and culture of Myanmar through some of the country’s finest objects, selected from the National Museum Collections of Myanmar. The works span three of the most significant eras in Myanmar history: the formative Pyu and Mon Period (4th–9th century), where early city-states emerged; the famed Bagan Period (9th–14th century), where Buddhist temple architecture flourished; and the Mandalay period (19th century), with its celebrated courtly arts.


A milestone exhibition in Singapore… set to offer a rare glimpse into the country’s (Myanmar) rich cultural heritage.
A landmark collaboration between ACM and four of Myanmar’s national museums."
938 Live

"Not to be missed: Historic Treasures of Myanmar at the Asian Civilisations Museum – 60 artefacts tell the story of this emerging destination’s art and culture.
The PEAK Magazine

Rare glimpse of Myanmar history on show here (Asian Civilisations Museum).
Straits Times

Not only does the show commemorate 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries, it is also a landmark collaboration between ACM and four of Myanmar’s national museums, which have lent objects from their collections.
Channel News Asia

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Free admission for all until 5 March 2017

Ticket prices for Cities & Kings and Port Cities
Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500 - 1900 and
Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar

Permanent Galleries
Permanent Galleries and Special Exhibitions
$23 N/A
Permanent Galleries and Special Exhibitions
$16 N/A
Permanent Galleries and Special Exhibitions
(Family of 5)
$69 N/A
Singaporeans & Permanent Residents
$13 Free
Singaporeans & Permanent Residents
Free Free

^Valid pass or card must be presented

Persons with Disabilities

As shared during the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth’s Committee of Supply Debate 2016, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and their primary caregivers will be offered free or subsidised admission fees to all NHB museums and heritage institutions. This will be implemented from 1 June 2016. Learn more.

Curator Tours
9 December 2016 (8pm to 9pm)
27 January 2017, 24 February 2017 and 3 March 2017 (7.30pm to 8.30pm)
$25 per session, book at ACM Front Desk or Peatix

Join exhibition curators Stephen Murphy and Conan Cheong to get exclusive insights and behind-the-scenes perspectives on the artistic traditions of Myanmar, from its ancient cities to the kings that built them.

All talks will be held at Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum. Admission is free and open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cities and Kings: A journey through the art and archaeology of Myanmar
Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 7pm
By Dr Stephen Murphy, curator, Southeast Asia, ACM

The Mon Cities and Myanmar Cultural Heritage
Friday, 13 January, 7pm
By Elizabeth Moore, visiting researcher, Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS Yusof-Ishak Institute, Singapore; professor emeritus and in-region liaison Yangon, School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London

Daily Life in Bagan, 1000-1300
Friday, 3 February 2017, 7pm
By Goh Geok Yian, associate professor of history, Nanyang Technological University

From Monarchy to Military: Modern Myanmar history and the crisis of community, 1886-2016
Friday, 3 March 2017, 7pm
By Maitrii Aung-Thwin, associate professor, Myanmar/Southeast Asian history, National University of Singapore

Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar

Edited by Stephen A. Murphy. Essays by Stephen A. Murphy, Charlotte Galloway, Heidi Tan, Conan Cheong, Elizabeth Moore, Win Kyaing, San Win, Nan Kyi Khaing, Khin Ma Ma, and Khine Pyae Sone.
ISBN: 978-981-11-1730-5
Pages: 176, fully illustrated in colour
Retail price: SGD 40 (including GST)

Treasures from the national museums of Myanmar, from the World Heritage Site at Pyu, the pagoda-studded plains of Bagan, and from Mandalay, the last royal capital, are examined in this profusely illustrated catalogue. Essays discuss the principle archaeological sites of Pyu, Mon, Bagan, Inwa, Shan State, and Mandalay.

This publication is available for sale at all MUSEUM LABEL shops.

Cities and Kings Catalogue
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Festival of Asian Traditional Music and Performing Arts Souvenir Giveaway
Stand a chance to win a souvenir from Myanmar! Submit a photo of yourself at the Festival of Asian Traditional Music and Performing Arts on Instagram, tag @acm_sg and include #CitiesandKingsACM. Ten lucky winners will be selected in each month's draw. Winner will be contacted via Instagram.

Prizes: January: Longyi
February: Burmese Lacquerware
March: Panthein Parasol

Cities and Kings Contest: Win a trip and stay in Yangon, Myanmar for 2!
Visit the exhibition and enter our Cites and Kings Contest for a chance to win a grand prize of a pair of return tickets to Yangon, Myanmar, and 2-nights stay for two at the Sule Shangri-la hotel*!
Simply take a photo of your favourite object in the exhibition to qualify. More details in the link above. Contest ends 5 March 2017.

*See terms & conditions below

Cites and Kings Contest Terms and Conditions
1. This contest is open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents only, 18-years-old and above, and runs from 9 January 2017, 0800h (GMT+8) through 5 March 2017, 2359h (GMT+8). Staff of the National Heritage Board (including staff of the Asian Civilisations Museum), and their immediate family members, are not eligible for this contest.
2. By participating in this contest, you agree to be bound by the official rules, regulations and decisions of the National Heritage Board.
3. Contestants are allowed to submit only one entry each.
4. All entries must be submitted by 2359h (GMT+8) on 5 March 2017.
5. Incomplete or late applications will be subject to disqualification by NHB at its sole discretion.
6. Participants who submit a photograph of an object found in special exhibition Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures of Myanmar will qualify for 1 entry in the contest. ONE (1) winner will be picked in the contest.
7. Entries will be judged by the National Heritage Board solely on submission as per requirements of contest, "luck of the draw", and accuracy of personal details furnished. The judges’ decision is final and irrevocable.
8. The winner will be notified via email or phone.
9. By participating in this contest, you agree that the National Heritage Board and its sponsors may collect, use, and disclose your personal data, as provided in this entry form, for administration of this contest, identification purposes, prize collection, and if selected in the entry form, to send you notices, information, promotions and updates including marketing and advertising materials in relation to programmes, events and promotions held by the National Heritage Board, and will not be used for any other purposes or disclosed to any third parties.
10. The National Heritage Board reserves the right to change, amend or add to these terms and conditions without prior notice. The National Heritage Board further reserves the right, without any liability on its part whatsoever, to cancel, postpone, or in any other way terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.
11. These terms and conditions and this contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Singapore law.

Cities and Kings Contest Prize Redemption Terms and Conditions
1. The winner must produce their original IC / passport with legible IC / passport number in order to claim the prize. The winner may also be required to produce additional original proof of identity at the discretion of the National Heritage Board.
2. The prize is strictly non-transferable, and the tickets have to be issued to the official winner as stated on the contest entry form. The official winner may choose one accompanying guest, and winner and accompanying guest must travel together. Alterations, diversions and changes to the destination are not permitted.
3. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or for any other form of reimbursement. All airport taxes and surcharges are included in the prize. All other travel-related expenses shall be borne by the passengers.
4. Flight reservations and ticketing must be finalized and claimed before 15 April 2017, and the journey completed by 31 December 2017. Complimentary tickets not utilized by this date shall become null and void. A lead time of four (4) weeks is required for booking and issuing of prize tickets. Reservations are subject to seat availability. The airline reserves the right to vary the dates of travel in its sole and absolute discretion.
5. The winner and/or accompanying guest must ensure that passports are valid and the required visa(s) is/are attained for travel at their own cost. The National Heritage Board will not be held responsible if the winner and/or the accompanying guest is denied entry into any country or venue for any reason or is denied boarding on any flight for any reason.
6. If the winner and/or the accompanying guest should miss any flights, the National Heritage Board and its sponsors will not be held responsible and will not provide any refunds or arrange for any alternative transport.
7. In the event that the winner decides to travel alone, there will not be any cash refund of the unused portion of the prize.
8. All contestants release from, and indemnify the National Heritage Board and its respective agencies, sponsors and representatives against all liability, cost, loss or expense arising out of acceptance of any prize or participation in the contest including (but not limited to) personal injury and damage to property and whether direct or consequential, foreseeable, due to some negligent act or omission or otherwise.
9. The National Heritage Board shall not be liable or responsible for any and all losses, damages, costs and/or expenses (of any nature whatsoever) suffered by any contestant arising from any failure or refusal, for whatever reason, to deliver or transfer, whether by the National Heritage Board or its sponsors, the prize or make good on any promise or offer to the contestants.