Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Singapore Philatelic Museum

If you think a museum full of stamps are only for stamp collectors or for kids, you can't be further away from the truth. As long as you still have an inner child or simply love to see new and/or colourful things, you need to go to the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Yesterday was the second time I was there and the exhibits still amaze me. 

The red post box situated outside the Museum can be commonly seen in the United Kingdom. And yes, you can actually post letters in it!

This is located in the Heritage Room where you get to learn the history of Singapore, while looking at some stamps. You get to know the different cultural festivals, traditional costumes etc in this room.

Current exhibitions include The Adventures of Tintin (5 November 2011- June 2012). I really liked this exhibit because it just felt like you were transported back to your childhood days again. You get to discover the inspiration behind some of the characters in the book and look at interesting objects, such as miniature Tintin books. It's almost a mini toy museum here.

Another exhibition is The Story of Dr Sun Yat Sen (28 May 2011- June 2012) although it's a pretty small corner.  Nonetheless, you get to see his English letters describing his revolutionary work and his favourite tropical fruits.

The picture of the dragon is part of another current exhibition titled Imagine Dragons (23 January 2012- December 2012). This is due to the fact that this is the Dragon Year. This is more for children to visit (which is probably why a parent stared at me when I walked in.) The rest of the pictures are part of the permanent galleries, where you can find out about the world's first stamp, or discover the process of how stamps are birthed from their theme collection etc.

I'm not sure if I've convinced you that this is a suitable place for you to go as an adult, even if you are not an avid stamp collector. Oh, and if you enjoy trivia, I think you will enjoy this place!

Singapore Philatelic Museum
23B Coleman Street
Singapore 179807
Tel: 6 337 3888

Opening Hours
Monday: 1pm- 7pm
Tuesday- Sunday: 9am- 7pm

Admission charges
Free admission for students and senior citizens who are Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.
Adult $6
Child (3-12 years) $4


Post a Comment