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Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500 –1900

Asian Civilisations Museum 04 Nov 2016 - 19 Feb 2017 10am to 7pm (daily), 10am to 9pm (Fridays) Admission is ticketed, please see prices below

View of Singapore from Mount Wallich

View of Singapore from Mount Wallich
Singapore, 1856
Percy Carpenter

Traders and migrants, jewellery and multicoloured cottons, languages and commerce – port cities mix people, merchandise, and ideas. This special exhibition paints a picture of life through photographs, paintings, fashion, luxury goods, and everyday objects. Disembark at ACM for a view of hybrid cultures, ingenuity, and global trends bred in these cosmopolitan centres.

Download Programme Booklet

Free admission for all until 19 February 2017

Ticket prices for Port Cities and Cities & Kings
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
Note: Museum visitors visiting Port Cities: Multicutural Emporiums of Asia, 1500 - 1900 before the opening of Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar will be given a complimentary pass for a return visit when Cities and Kings opens.

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
Fridays, 18 November, 16 December 2016 and 20 January, 17 February 2017
7.30 to 8.30pm
$25 per session, book at ACM Front Desk or Peatix

Join exhibition curators Peter Lee and Naomi Wang to hear their thoughts and get exclusive behind the scenes insights into port cities across Asia.

Director's Tour
Friday, 6 January 2017
7.30 to 8.30pm
$50 per session, book at ACM Front Desk or Peatix

Enjoy an extra special visit by joining an exclusive tour led by museum director Kennie Ting through the new exhibition, Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500–1900.

Limited spaces available. Payment must be made at Front Desk or Peatix before the closing date. Registration closes a day before each tour.

Asian Port Cities: Dialogues Between Past and Present
Saturday, 12 Nov 2016, 9am to 5.30pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum

Admission is free and open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis.

Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia 1500–1900

Author: Peter Lee, Leonard Y. Andaya, Barbara Watson Andaya, Gael Newton, Alan Chong
ISBN: 978-981-11-1380-2
Pages: 220, fully illustrated in colour
Retail price: SGD 40 (including GST)

Port Cities perfectly encapsulate a fundamental human and cultural process that has existed since time immemorial – the constant mixing of things together. Such places, and the powerful cultural dynamics that took place within and between them, reflect how people, ideas, and objects circulate, and how culture is formed, spread, and shared. Four essays and a catalogue section of stunning objects make up a profusely illustrated book to accompany special exhibition Port Cities.

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

Port Cities Catalogue

Port Cities guest curator Peter Lee shares on the life of Cornelia van Nijenroode, and how her story provides an insight to the dynamics of Asian port cities between the 16th to 20th century. Hear more stories from Port Cities in our curator tours

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest on contests and giveaways!

EZ Link Card Giveaway
Limited Edition Port Cities EZ Link card giveaway for the first 750 visitors with purchase of entry ticket to the exhibition! (Fully redeemed)

Port Cities Christmas Contest
Visit the exhibition and enter our Christmas Contest to win an iPhone 7*! From 11 November to 22 December, like and visit our Facebook page to answer a few questions about Port Cities to qualify for our contest and stand a chance to win! (Contest has ended)
*See terms & conditions below

Retro Tote Bag Giveaway
Be one of the first 800 visitors to attend the Port Cities Weekend Festival, 14 & 15 January 2017, and get a Limited Edition Retro Tote Bag! (Fully redeemed)

ACM Origami Boat Contest
ACM Origami Boat contest invites festival visitors to fold an ACM paper boat, take selfies with your origami boat in the gallery, follow our instgram account @acm_sg and post on Instagram, with the #ACMOrigamiBoat, to stand a chance to win cruise vouchers worth $1200! Contest ends 19 February.

ACM Port Cities Grand Lucky Draw
Post a photo of our Port Cities bookmarks with a CNY reunion meal, and stand a chance to win a dining voucher worth $1388 from EMPRESS! Contest ends 19 February. Find out more about the contest here.

Port Cities Christmas Contest Terms and Conditions
1. This contest is open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents only, 18-years-old and above, and runs from 11 November, 1900h (GMT+8) through 22 December, 2359h (GMT+8) 2016. 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. Each successful online referral will allow a participant to earn ONE (1) bonus entry, up to a maximum of 25 entries.
4. All entries must be submitted by 2359h (GMT+8) on 22 December 2016.
5. Incomplete or late applications will be subject to disqualification by NHB at its sole discretion.
6. Participants who answer the quiz correctly will be entered into the lucky draw. ONE (1) winner will be picked in the lucky draw.
7. Entries will be judged by the National Heritage Board solely on the correctness of the answer furnished 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.

Port Cities Christmas 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 must be issued to the official winner as stated on the contest entry form.
3. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or for any other form of reimbursement.
4. The prizes of contest winners if not collected within 30 days of notification may be forfeited without notice and without any liability to the National Heritage Board.
5. 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.
6. 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.