Singapore Philatelic Museum

Singapore Philatelic Museum
23B Coleman Street

Opening Hours:
Mon 1pm - 7pm
Tue - Sun 9am - 7pm

Admission Fees (In SGD $):

Estimated Visiting Duration:
1 - 2 Hours

List Of Star Attractions (Must See):
Room Of Rarities & Singapore Postal History
Message Me
Elephant Stampede
Imagine Dragons
Adventures Of Tintin

List Of Main Attractions (Good To See):
Orange Room: Stamps & Philately
Purple Room: Stamp Production
Green Room: Singapore Stamp Collection & Collectors
Singapore Philatelic Museum Exterior & Surroundings

List Of Other Attractions (For A Complete Experience):
Heritage Room
Universal Postal Union Collection
The Story Of Dr. Sun Yat Sen

Culture, History And Fun With Stamps

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Visited: Apr-2012


Stamps. The word conjures up a nostalgic feeling of a bygone era, a time when letter writing and snail mail connected people around the world. But in today's fast-pace technological jungle, where the world is an interconnected global village with information superhighways, some may assume that stamps and letters have no place in our society.

The folks behind the Singapore Philatelic Museum would beg to differ. Built to document the history of Singapore's postal services and its stamps, the Singapore Philatelic Museum attemps to promote interest in Philately. While it is mainly for kids and families, adults can learn something from visiting as well.

The Singapore Philatelic Museum comprises 2 floors. On the lower level are the permanent galleries, along with a exhibition space. Start at the Orange Room, which explains the significance of philately, stamps and how they can be used to explore different topics.

The Purple Room gives an overview of the development process of stamps, from design conceptation to print. Finally, the Green Room features a comprehensive collection of Singapore stamps, as well as reowned collectors. These exhibits make an argument for the place of stamps in today's modern world.

On the upper level, the Heritage Room provides a snapshot of early Singapore life, from festivals, to everyday life. I particularly liked the exhibit of games and toys, including Kuti-Kuti, Chateh, Yo-Yo's, and Marbles (Goli)... All games I played as a kid!

The Room Of Rarities traces the history of postal services in Singapore, and has displays of artifacts related to the postal services.

The remaining 4 exhibitions at the Singapore Philatelic Museum are available for a limited time only. They include Message Me, an exhibit tracing the history of communication, which I enjoyed the most as a communication practitioner.

Elephant Stampede had displays of elephant tusks and a baby elephant skull... Creepy. Although I quite liked the infographic explaining the difference between Asian and African elephants.

Imagine Dragons was more for the kids, and had various play areas they could explore... I thought it was quite fun too!

Finally, the current highlight, the Adventures of Tintin exhibit. Hot on the heels of the Tintin movie, the exhibit traces the history of Tintin, its various characters, and also has collections of comics and figurines on loan from private collectors. Definitely a must-visit for any Tintin fan!

I left with a better understanding of the importance of stamps, plus I absolutely enjoyed my visit. Do allocate between 1 to 2 hours if you're planning a visit.


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