The Hidden Gem: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Ever come across a person who has a little album of stamps? Don’t laugh – there’s an entire community and studies surrounding stamp collecting. This act of studying and collecting stamps even has a name: philately. Of course, every country has stamps. Just like currency bills and coins, these stamps have evolved through the years, marking significant milestones in each country’s development.
If you’ve the slightest interest in stamps and postal history, make the Singapore philatelic museum a stop on your itinerary. Here’s why.
Not only can you view stamps throughout history; you can also buy or customize your own set of stamps! Simply drop by the Sub-Post office within the museum to find out more about the MyStamp service.
The Singapore Philatelic Museum is home to the only known cover in the world that bears a full set of 1854 Indian stamps used in the Straits Settlements. In this aptly-named Room of Rarities, you may also feast your eyes upon vintage stamps and stamps made from surprising materials. What materials, you ask? You’ll have to find out for yourself.
These don’t last forever, but they’re all unique experiences! You’ll be surprised at the kind of exhibitions stamps can be the centrepiece of. If you’re coming to Singapore before 18 June 2017, do drop by to see Harry Potter stamps, collectibles and paraphernelia. And if you’re coming after that – A Little Magic Exhibition is opening till October, where you can enter the mystical world of fairytales through whimsical stamp collections and activities. Check here for the latest updates.
For an educational experience closer to home, there’s always the Heritage Room, in which Singapore’s diverse culture and history is told through the stamps of her past. Learn about early traditions, trades, musical instruments and different cultural festivals.
Singapore’s only colonial post box
It’s home to Singapore’s only operational colonial posting box, just outside its doors. You can’t miss it: this bright red pillar post box sticks out like a sore thumb against the orange pillars.
Still need a bit of convincing? The building in which the museum sits in was formerly part of the Anglo-Chinese Primary School that was built in 1904. Its architecture has been preserved and turned into a little treasure house of stamps, collectibles and precious paraphernelia.
While others gallivant about the streets of Orchard or enjoy a bird’s eye view at Marina Bay, why not visit the Singapore Philatelic Museum for a quieter afternoon? You’ll definitely have unique photos and souvenirs to bring home, too!
Visit the Singapore Philatelic Museum:
23-B Coleman Street
10 am to 7 pm daily
Adults – $8
Child (3 to 12 years old) – $6
Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents