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Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman

Fri Feb 1 @ 10:00 am - Sun Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm

Sir Stamford Raffles was a British official with the East India Company and was stationed in Southeast Asia between 1805 and 1824. He is known for establishing modern Singapore as a British port, as the author of The History of Java, and as a collector of natural history and cultural materials. Opinions of Raffles have changed over time. He has been viewed as a scholarly expert on the region, a progressive reformer, a committed imperialist, and even a plagiariser.

In keeping with the Asian Civilisations Museum’s mission to explore encounters and connections, this exhibition presents a complex, multi-layered picture of Raffles while showcasing the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Java and the Malay world.

Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman is ACM’s offering for the Singapore Bicentennial, and there are related activities for the little ones too, such as a dramatic and literary adventure with Saturdays@ACM: To Sir (Stamford Raffles) with Love where you will also get to enjoy discounted entry to the special exhibition.

Exhibition programmes

Curator Tours
Wednesdays, 20 February, 20 March, 17 April 2019 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Asian Civilisations Museum

Discover more about Raffles’ time in Singapore and the Malay world in this exclusive after- hours tour with one of the exhibition curators. Have a closer look at Raffles’ personal collections from the British Museum and the British Library, and hear behind-the-scenes stories about setting up the exhibition.
This special tour happens after-hours, when the museum is closed to the public. Entry is solely for registered participants, and tour fees cover access to all galleries.

When: 1 February 2019 – 28 April 2019
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum
Tickets:  Adults (Local $12, Foreigners $20) | Concession (Students & Seniors) (Local Free, Foreigners $15)


Friday, 1 February 2019
Sunday, 28 April 2019
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Asian Civilisations Museum
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Singapore 178897


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