Oh i went to the ACM for the Kangxi exibition too. But i got to know about that exhibition because of my friends who went there to perform. They actually went there to perform chinese dance to the music composed and sung by Jay Chou QingHuaci. I was quite happy that i went with them as i got a chance to see all the artifacts and there was also a free icecream given to those that went. It was indeed a one good experience that one should not have missed. Knowing about our chinese history is how we can try to make ourselves constantly remember about our cultural roots.
On Sunday, I visited the ACM with my wife to view the Kangxi Emperor special exhibition. We were there in the late afternoon. There was a fairly big crowd in the ACM. We joined a english-speaking guided tour. The museum offers both english and chinese speaking guides.
I was very impressed with the special exhibits of the Kangxi Emperor even though there were only about 20 odd artifacts. The variety of artifacts was however sufficient to have a glimpse of what could be in store in the National Palace museum in Beijing.
The exhibits on show serve to illustrate the life of the emperor. There were documents, scrolls, robes, armour, bow and arrows and several gifts from foreign emissaries. The items were displayed were pleasing and the explanations were adequate. My wife felt that there should be more chinese translations on all the exhibits.
The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. As the museum was crowded, she had to speak very loudly. It would help for the guides to be equipped with the portable speakers.
We went through the exhibits twice in order to understand them. It is very rare for such priceless treasures to be brought so close to us. I would encourage you to visit the ACM and with your children as well. And join the guided tour. The price for adults is only S$8 and S$5 for children.
Its the holidays and moi friends and I visited couple of new places and ACM is one of them! I think I should consider applying for the museum card! But than again, maybe not. When school starts, I wouldn't be able to spend much time touring around Singapore already. Anyway, back to the museum visit...
ACM is a very oriental and mysterious place for me. The artifacts on display have very strong asia flavor and I'm very fascinated by the entire museum. Every corner I go to seem to have something that attracted my attention.
My favorite sections around the museum are the children discovery corners that can be found in the various main exhibition halls. There are interactive activities that everyone can try. But sadly, when I was there, some of them were not set-up properly or has missing pieces.
The Neither East nor West exhibition was very interesting too. I learned about the different types of hats worn in the olden days from different part of the world. And the collection of people photos shows me a lot about how people from different places plan and dress themselves just for a portrait. There is a photo corner where you can try on hats and take photos too. My friends and I had lots of fun trying them on and taking funny shots of ourselves.
Overall ACM is a nice family go to place for discovering of the history and culture from Asia.
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