Originally built in 1865 as a court house, the building has housed the Registry of Births and Deaths, as well as the Singapore Mint. From 1989, it was known as the Empress Place Museum.
A walk through Asia's evolution
It reopened in 2003 as the Asian Civilisations Museum, housing 10 thematic galleries showcasing over 1,500 artefacts spanning five millennia of Asian cultures. Children, families and adults alike will enjoy the multiple ExplorAsian Zones and interactive spaces within the galleries that give a different perspective of the many civilisations and cultures that have shaped Asia with its many grand and specially-curated exhibitions.