May 17, 2012

Fascinating Stamps At Singapore Philatelic Museum!

Singapore Philatelic Museum

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Located just a short walk from the Peranakan Museum, the Singapore Philatelic Museum is an interactive one-hour diversion for people of all ages. An old brick building on Coleman Street that formerly housed the Methodist Book Room, the building was gutted and renovated in the 1990’s to house the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Small but modern, wonderfully designed and constructed, it shares surprisingly little resemblance to your crazy aunts house.

The Singapore Philatelic Museum opened in August of 1995 with a mission to use Philately as a vehicle for teaching Singapore culture and heritage. Though the subject may be quickly becoming a remnant of our postal past, you’ll find charm and intrigue in the conception, design, production, and release of stamps throughout time. With a massive collection of stamps from Singapore, as well as some unique stamps from all over the world, there’s plenty see.

 

Interactive Displays, Themed Galleries & Seasonal Exhibitions

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The museum aims to engage children, and surprisingly, it does a great job of doing so. The museum considers stamps to be “windows to the world,” and through these windows they teach history, tradition, and heritage. Clever hands-on displays occupy the frenzied hands of children, while videos, artifacts, and models entertain adults. The two-story museum hosts permanent galleries, exhibition space, and temporary exhibits that frequently draw locals as well as tourists.

 

First Floor of The Philatelic Museum

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The lower level of the museum contains permanent galleries and themed galleries. The Orange Room gives visitors an in-depth understanding of Philately history, as well as its significance as a hobby. The Orange Room attempts to provide insight into the continued popularity of the subject as new modes of technology outpace traditional postal mail in the 21st century.

Singapore Philatelic Museum Picture

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The Purple Room explains the process of developing and deploying stamps. It’s the most interesting room in the museum, as it explains the conception of stamps designs, the history of forgery, and much more. The Green Room hosts a complete collection of Singapore stamps dating back to the 1800’s. The Green Room also explains the process of stamp collecting, and the big names and faces in the local philatelic community.

 

Second Floor of The Philatelic Museum

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The second level contains two rooms: the Heritage Room, and the Room of Rarities. The Heritage Room explains early Singapore culture and traces the early history of immigrant culture in the city. The Room of Rarities traces the history of the postal service in Singapore, and includes 18th century postal artifacts.

The Singapore Philatelic Museum is a must-see for philately enthusiasts, and a great choice for families with children. For those visiting nearby attractions, we highly recommend that you drop by this surprisingly engaging museum. The museum is open on Monday from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and Tuesday – Sunday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Adult tickets cost S$5, and children’s tickets are S$4. The museum should take you about 1 hour to tour. Just a five minute walk from Bras Basah MRT Station and a ten minute walk from Clarke Quay MRT station, it’s a quick trip from nearly anywhere in the city!

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