Asian Civilisations Museum to undergo extensive renovations

Asian Civilisations Museum to undergo extensive renovations
Asian Civilisations Museum. TODAY file photo
Published: 6:06 PM, April 18, 2014
Updated: 6:13 PM, April 18, 2014
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SINGAPORE – The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) will undergo extensive renovations, transforming it into a new exhibition space for important artefacts.

This will be unveiled in phases beginning the third quarter of next year.

Parts of the museum are already closed to the public for upgrading works, and its classical frontage will soon get a facelift, along with additional gallery space.

Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, said: “One of the expanded spaces is the China Gallery, which should be completed next year. I’m glad that the private sector has stepped forward to help fund this. The building will inject a fresh and modern element into the otherwise classical architecture of the museum.”

The National Heritage Board told Channel NewsAsia that the gallery’s expansion will yield more space to allow for a particular focus on ACM’s Fujian collections.

The project is supported by donations from the Hong Leong Foundation.

The main lobby will also undergo an overhaul with new retail spaces integrated with the galleries to increase accessibility to the museum.

It will also improve the visitor experience by providing popular, relevant and affordable shopping and dining choices.

As part of its revamp, the National Heritage Board is exploring the conversion of the museum’s waterfront area into a new entrance, which will house the lobby and gallery space, opening onto the Singapore River.

The National Heritage Board said it is currently working with the Urban Redevelopment Authority on the construction and design.

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