The Asian Civilization Museum was first opened at Old Tao Nan School on April 22, 1997 on Armenian Street, with exhibits mostly focused on Chinese civilization. Subsequently, with the restoration of the Queen's Building, the museum established a new museum in the mansion on March 2, 2003 and rapidly expanded the collection to other areas of Asia. The Armenian Street branch was closed for renovation on January 1, 2006 and reopened on April 25, 2008 as the Peranakan Museum, specializing in Peranakan culture.
To foster understanding of the diverse heritage cultures of Singapore, their interconnections, and their connections with the world by exploring Asia’s artistic heritage.
This is the only museum in the region dedicated to exploring Asia's artistic heritage, especially the traditional cultures of Singapore.
At the museum, the collections of other religious statues, calligraphy, coins, bronze sculptures, textile products, stage masks , gold and silver objects, etc. are displayed according to the theme in 10 galleries.
The museum also has a restaurant serving Chinese food and coffee, a ballroom and a hall, a museum shop selling souvenirs and books on Asian art.