We may have a while to go before museums reopen, but that doesn’t mean that culture is cancelled. In fact, the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is bringing it right to your homes — virtually, at least.

The museum has launched #UnderstandEverything, a series of online experiences that allows enthusiasts to explore the vast world of Asian art and culture.

The museum’s collections — which include fascinating artefacts like the “hong bowls” of some of our Cantonese ancestors and an uncovered sculpture of the Buddha — are now available for viewing through videos on the ACM Facebook page. In each clip, Kennie Ting, Director of ACM, acts as a virtual tour guide, taking viewers through the museum’s collection and offering insight into the history and significance of each featured item.

You’ll find even more intriguing collection pieces on ACM’s Instagram page, encompassing themes like “Flora and Fauna” and “Health and Wellness”. Through its Instagram stories, you can take part in interactive quizzes to put your culture knowledge to the test. If you prefer something hands-on, check out the weekly #ACMCraft challenge and flex your creativity skills to recreate historic Asian masterpieces.

There’s something for the kids, too. The ACM website has a dedicated “Family Fun” section which features a series of educational activities and craft projects for you and your little ones to do at home. There are also learning resources for pre-schoolers, primary and secondary school students available for free.

The ACM will be launching a "virtual twin" later in 2020. (Photo credit: Asian Civilisations Museum)
The ACM will be launching a “virtual twin” later in 2020 using 3D and AR technology. (Photo credit: Asian Civilisations Museum)

While there are already plenty of digital offerings to explore, the ACM will also be launching its “virtual twin” later this year. Expect a more immersive experience, including the chance to view the museum’s prized pieces with AR technology.

The ACM isn’t the only institution promoting arts and culture right now. If you prefer something contemporary, check out the design graduate collections at the 2020 Lasalle Show. And if you want to explore the world beyond Asia, see what top museums around the world has in store for virtual visitors.

Find out more at the ACM website. Header photo credit: Asian Civilisations Museum

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