Philatelic Pleasures

June 17th, 2007   •   13 comments   


One of Singapore’s hidden little treasure is this beautiful boutique attraction called the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Tucked away at Coleman Street just below the National Archives of Singapore and Registry of Marriages, the museum is probably one of the few indoor places where you can bring a young child and be entertained for hours.

I brought my family there recently during International Museum Day 2007, and boy we sure had a swell time.
This room of postal rarities shows some of the oddities of postage like bisect stamps, mis-prints and of course the evolution of the postal boxes through the ages. Do you know that stamps with “mistakes” are worth a lot more than those in pristine conditions?

Interactive features like these help to captivate a restless toddler. Here, various artefacts from old Singapore help to tell the story of how traditional life used to be in a “peek-a-boo” fashion.

One of Ethan’s perennial favourites is this Chinese drum, which he banged with much aplomb, much to the chagrin of his parents who preferred to preserve the peace in the museum!

Thematic exhibitions like this on Chinese New Year helps to explain the history behind cultural practices using stamps and postal materials as tools.

Hmmm… never knew that there were so many different types of toy post boxes available.

Guided tours at the Philatelic Museum has always attracted a good following. Here is Lily Samuel, a previous Excellent Service Award Superstar winner for the Attractions Category, enthralling a group of mainly young families.

Occasionally, the museum visits different countries from around the world. Here is “An Nyeong Ha Seyo Korea!” which gives a postal perspective of Korean cultures from now until Dec 2007. Notice how brightly decked the entire room is in Korean colours.

Traditional Korean costumes called hanboks show the Koreans’ penchant for robes that are bright, colourful and flowy.

This yummilicious panel on food, glorious food shows that Korean cuisine isn’t just about barbeques and kimchi.

Strike a pose and say cheeeeseee!

Finally, our intrepid postal explorer hops onto a Vespa and does his thing. “Gentlemen, start your engines…..”

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  1. Endoh Taiki
    posted on Jun 18, 2007 at 4:47 AM

    If not for this post I probably would never know such a place existed.

  2. posted on Jun 18, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    🙂 your boy is cute.

  3. Keith
    posted on Jun 19, 2007 at 2:09 AM

    Very cool tour. Almost like being there, ok not quite. But, thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

  4. posted on Jun 18, 2007 at 10:55 PM


    You should pay try to visit the place at least once. Quite interesting and provides food for thought.

  5. posted on Jun 18, 2007 at 10:56 PM


    Thanks! He is quite a cheeky little fellow too when you get to know him.

  6. posted on Jun 19, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    I was there during the Int’l Museum Day week too but haven’t put up my post. hehehe…

    It was very interesting, for me, especially when I collect stamps. I will have to visit it again another day.

  7. posted on Jun 19, 2007 at 1:20 PM

    Must let me know when SPM opens free to the public, okay?

  8. posted on Jun 19, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    The Philatelic Museum is a nice place.

    Victor, you can get a Museum Season pass for as low as $20 per year, and you can visit SPM, Singapore Art Museum, Asian Civisation Museum free for the entire year. I think National Museum of Singapore is also included…

  9. posted on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:43 PM


    Thanks for the plug. The cost is actually $25 for single and $48 for family pass (which admits 5)

    Victor, you can check out the details here/

  10. posted on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:39 PM


    No worries. Thanks for popping over and hope you have a chance to visit this one day!

  11. posted on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:40 PM


    Thanks for visiting SPM! Hope that it at least rekindled some of your interest in stamp collecting again.

  12. posted on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:41 PM


    Most of the national public holidays are Open House Days. The next one would be National Day so do keep a look out for that. 😉

  13. posted on Jun 23, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Thanks to Oceanskies and Cool Insider for the information. The $48 season pass for a family of 5 certainly looks like a good deal. Definitely worth considering.

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