The Straits Times
Published on Nov 08, 2012

Asian Civilisations Museum to get new extension, doors to open 2015


The Asian Civilisations Museum will be getting a new extension, which will open its doors to the public in 2015.

The titanium-clad wing, which will cost about $5.5 million to construct, will house three new galleries at the museum’s Empress Place premises.

The three-storey wing was designed by Singaporean architects GreenhillLi Consultants, and will boast a modern look and feel, with a
new sky-lit gallery on the top floor.

The Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong, officiated the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday morning.

The Hong Leong Foundation’s $5 million donation to the museum will help to fund the new extension, of which $500,000 will be used to
acquire artefacts related to Fujian culture.

This $5 million sum marks the largest single cash donation that the museum has received to date.