Thanks to the Children’s Seasons held annually in Singapore, this year, besides visiting the National Museum, we took our children to visit Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM).
What is a Philatelic Museum?? Philatelic comes from the word Philately, which means the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. I googled up this word. It sounds so profound. Basically it is a stamp museum.
I was actually contemplating if I should even visit a stamp museum prior to checking out this place. Stamp collection is certainly not a hobby of mine. Neither the spouse’s. Isn’t it just a boring place for stamp lovers and collectors? How can it even participate in Children’s Seasons and engage the young ones?
However, each year with the Children’s Seasons going on, the overnight camp at SPM for 7-12yos has overwhelming participation! The overnight camp is said to be a night of discovery, games and craft. The camp is not even cheap, with fees about $80 per child. My kids are not that adventurous to go for an overnight camp without parents yet. Judging from the full-house response, I secretly wish that my kids will go and tell me how it goes.
Alright, now that we have been to SPM, I must say I am impressed at how a “boring” subject can be so engaging and educational to the children. Let’s take a look at what’s inside the museum.
Singapore Philatelic Museum has exhibitions on 2 levels. It is a building rich in colonial heritage. The first room of exhibition we walked into was the ORANGE ROOM.
Orange Room (Level 1)
I wonder why it was called the Orange Room except that it has orange walls. A look up at the website, this room was previously named as Purple Room with purple walls. The previous exhibition was about how stamps are birthed from their theme selection, design conceptualization, printing methods and their circulation through the mail. This exhibition ended in May this year. And now it is called the Orange Room.
The Orange Room displays the world’s first stamp, and how stamps are a window to the world to explore many topics such as science, technology, history and culture. Some of the interesting stamps include the “talking” Penny Black, and stamps made of unusual materials.
Green Room (Level 1)
This room displays Singapore’s stamps from 1965 till today. It is intriguing to the kids to see how stamps in the past were like compared to present. There is a big interactive wall that displays the world’s stamps. Also, your selfie can be a stamp too!!
Special Exhibition – DC Comics Super Heroes (Level 1)
We happened to chance on the first and only DC Comics Super Heroes exhibition in Asia to commemorate the milestone BATMAN 75th Anniversary. What you will see are history and origins of DC Comics and the “World’s Greatest Super Heroes” – SUPERMAN, BATMAN and WONDER WOMAN, and the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Sounds familiar to you? Fans will be thrilled. This exhibition runs from 5 June to 31 August. You are still in time to catch this after reading this post 🙂
Room of Rarities (Level 2)
As the name goes, this room displays the gems of Singapore, which include stamps and archival philatelic material from 1800s till today, and artefacts relating to Singapore’s postal history. You will see the only known cover in the world, to bear a full set of 1854 Indian stamps that were used in the Straits Settlements.
This is a display of images of Singapore in the past. You can find antique turn dial telephone, abacus, etc.
Spice is Nice (Level 2)
The kids find this exhibition interesting. You can see the spices used by various ethnic groups, spice trade, see the early colonization and migration pattern. There are some interactive displays to entertain the kids.
If you are interested in Singapore Philatelic Museum, you should aim to come on 2nd Sunday of the month, 2-3pm for a Philatelic talk. The museum organizes school groups programmes and you will be surprised, they hold birthday parties too! Check this out!
We think that the Singapore Philatelic Museum is worth a visit with the kids. As there are many, many interactive displays and exhibits, the children do not find it boring at all. At the same time, they get to learn about stamps in interesting ways.
Information on Singapore Philatelic Museum:
Address: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Tel:+65 6337 3888
Mon – 1:00pm – 7:00pm (last admission 6:30pm)
Tues to Sun – 9:30am – 7:00pm (last admission 6:30pm)
Admission fees: Free for Singapore citizens and PR, Foreigners: Adult $6, Child (3-12 years) $4
Website: Click Here
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