What To See At Singapore's Philatelic Museum
Dedicated to stamps and postal memorabilia, the Philatelic Museum is actually a great way to spend a day out with the family. Underrated and largely ignored by the museum-going mafia, the museum’s 10 rooms have more than enough to keep you entertained for a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday morning. The exhibits change regularly so keep an eye on listings to make sure that you don’t miss anything worth seeing.
Learn some new lingo
In the museum, you can find out exactly what a cinderella is (hint: it has nothing to do with fairy tales and missing shoes) in the Orange Room. With plenty of cubbies to explore, The Language of Philately will show you the lingo of a world that many of us know nothing about. You can also see counterfeit stamps here and learn about an underwater post office.
Don’t miss some classic selfie opportunitiesIn the museum’s Green Room, you can turn yourself into a stamp. So step inside, strike a pose and become your own 100 cent stamp. Just outside the room, there are some child-sized puzzles blown up on giant stamps to solve.
See some stranger things in the Room of RaritiesTry dropping a letter down an eleven storey post box and see how long it takes for your mail to reach the bottom. This chute used to be in Singapore’s Central Business District on Robinson Road and it really is eleven stories high. It was installed to save the postman’s legs from climbing up to the twelfth floor and the chute still bears some vintage marks from it’s former days. Interestingly, you can also see a replica of a lamp post box, which was a post box tied to the top of a lamp. This was done to save on erecting post boxes and the light was of course useful if you needed to write anything down before posting. [caption id="attachment_22075" align="alignnone" width="300"] Philatelic Museum
Play some traditional games
Next to the Heritage Room, you can try your hand at tikam tikam. Although you can’t win anything, you can learn the rules of the game, where you paid a fee to select a random number and hopefully win a prize. There is also a display of what a traditional mama store would have looked like. The Heritage Room itself is designed to look exactly like a shophouse, with a retro coffee counter, displays of Singaporean cultural traditions and postcards galore. They even have the red clogs that were so popular in Singapore of old and you can try walking around the room in them, the fun being in the attempt not to fall over!