The Asian Civilisations Museum has unveiled its new galleries, which marks the last leg of a multi-year revamp. It’s set to open to the public from tomorrow, April 4, Saturday. The Trade galleries on the first level were opened in 2015, and the Faith & Belief galleries in 2017. 

Note: In light of the current situation, the museum is also working on a digital experience to showcase its new galleries.

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Collectively themed Materials & Design, the permanent exhibition space on the third level comprises the new Fashion and Textiles, and Jewellery galleries, as well as the refreshed Ceramics gallery. It is home to over 300 masterpieces that offer insight on stories of Asian identities, histories and cultures.

Fashion & Textiles Gallery

Left: An elegant black qipao crafted with devore velvet – a French technique invented at the turn of the 20th century. Right: Exquisitely embroidered fabric slippers. Photos: ACM

A diverse range of clothing styles and textiles will be on show at the 191 sq m Fashion & Textiles exhibit. To be changed periodically, the chronological display charts the evolution of Chinese dress, with 40 examples from the late Qing to the Republican era in China.

They include rare, elaborate dragon robes, early styles of the iconic qipao, and the zhongshan zhuang, otherwise known as the “Mao Suit”, and shed light on how political, economic and socio-cultural changes in China and the world have influenced sartorial trends and choices. 

The “Mao Suit”. Photo: ACM

Jewellery Gallery

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The Jewellery Gallery shines the spotlight on island Southeast Asian jewellery from the Neolithic period to the 20th century, the first permanent gallery in the world to do so. Ornate headdresses, and accessories, like an elaborate Peranakan ‘Peacock’ belt with linked gold panels and 75 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds.

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The Ceramics Gallery

Chinese ceramics from the Neolithic period to the Qing Dynasty take centre stage here. 

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Most notable, is the museum’s considerable collection of Dehua (in the Fujian province) porcelain, traditionally known in the West as blanc de chine.

Admission is free for Singaporeans and Permanent residents. Visit www.acm.org.sg for more information.