Museums of Singapore – Singapore Philatelic Museum

2015/01/img_1514.jpgLocated along Coleman Street, locals and visitors can learn more about postal history and stamps of Singapore. The building was part of Anglo-Chinese school completed in 1906. It is not big but there are interesting information and exhibits to view and learn.

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Stamps as pre-postage payment became an affordable way to send letters and packages. These little and delicate pieces of paper with sticky backs allowed us to trace the history, cultures, events and festivals as time goes by.

At the souvenir shop, there were first day covers and cute stamps on sale so if you’ve missed any at the time of release, you may find them here. There were also postcards on the olden Singapore for purchase.

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We then got our free admission to view the exhibits. For foreign visitors, the entrance fee is $6 per adult. Or consider the passes for NHB museums from my last post on National Museum for different passes and prices.

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Though the place is small, one can easily spend 1 – 2 hours exploring the information and perhaps play some hopscotch?

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Liking all things old, I was attracted to the display on the ethnicities of Singapore. There were different clothings on mannequins, hanging clothes from bamboo poles, traditional clog makers and coffee stall, etc…

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Then there was the herb and spice trading company where we can learn where different types of crops were grown.

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There were quite a few interactive displays like scanning the type of herbs and spices to learn about them, knowing what goes into a local favorite like laksa, looking through magnifying glasses to see some stamps, smelling scented stamps, etc… It’s actually a good place to learn for both young and old.

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There were also interesting stamps such as 3D, holographic, Braille, etc…

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