Singapore Philatelic Museum Overview

Singapore Philatelic Museum preserves and records Singapore's postage and stamp history. The museum celebrates everything about Singapore's stamps, from the oldest to the most recent. The family-friendly galleries display philatelic materials that provide a window into a country's significant events, history, heritage, and cultures. This museum is currently under renovation, and is going to be Singapore's first dedicated children's museum.

The beautiful Singapore Philatelic Museum is a one-way ticket to getting transported to the rich, cultural history of Singapore via a range of colourful stamps that are on display. Considered one of the most significant inventions of the 19th century, stamps paved the way for cheap mass communication.

However, that is not their only significance. The museum showcases stamps that also act as a window into the history, culture, art, and traditions of Singapore. The artwork on the stamps has kept a record of historical events, glimpses into the everyday life of the people, cultural aspects such as dresses and festivals of Singapore, and even serve as a source of inspiration for those planning Singapore tour packages from India.

At the Singapore Philatelic Museum, you can see stamps that have existed since the 1830s, right up to the present day. In fact, the museum also houses the first-ever stamp in the world. These stamps are arranged in well-lit, cosy galleries that you can walk through, that act as a window into the past.

Apart from stamps that are significant to Singapore and its colourful history, you can also see stamps from all over the world. The star exhibit at the museum is the only available full set of Indian stamps from 1854.

Along with observing this fascinating display of correspondence at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, you can also get your own stamps made at a designated section of the museum. The rich history and interesting artwork on the stamps are bound to make you feel an affinity for letters.

You can also post your own letter, with a unique, personalized stamp from the colonial posting box on the premises of the museum – the only one of its kind left in all of Singapore. It is one of the most fascinating places to visit in the city, allowing you a short but vibrant glance into the history, development and culture of Singapore.

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• The Singapore Philatelic Museum is home to some of the oldest stamps in the world
• The stamps at the museum, through their artwork, highlight the history of Singapore in areas such as science, festivals, culture, traditions, historical events and more
• The stamps are displayed in several rooms in the museum, including the Heritage Room, the Orange Room, Room of Rarities, etc.
• The museum houses the only colonial posting box left in Singapore
• The most prominent display is a set of Indian stamps from 1854
• The museum also houses the oldest stamp in the world
• You can create your own stamp at the museum and post your letter from the posting box

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Here is the list of places to eat near the Singapore Philatelic Museum:

1. Rakuya: Rakuya is a quaint and cosy omakase bar that serves up a range of delicious and modern Japanese fusion food. You can choose from an impressive lunch set or even go for a la carte options. Make sure you try their sake and roasted chicken when you are visiting.

2. The Masons Table: The Masons Table is a simple and rustic curb-side eatery that serves French, European and Australian food. The Masons Table also serves some of the best pizzas in town. Make sure you check out their impressive range of artisanal wines when you are here. People frequent this restaurant as much for its ambience as for its delicious food.

3. Tablescape Restaurant and Bar: If you are looking for a modern and upscale restaurant, one of the best options is the Tablescape Restaurant & Bar, with its modern décor and spread of dishes consisting mostly of European classics. Some of the food that you must try when you are here are the Octopus Salad, Black Cod, Squid Ink Spaghetti and everything at the dessert station.

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4. The Fabulous Baker Boy: This open, airy, spacious and welcoming bakery café is one of the best restaurants in Singapore. While they specialize in bakery goods, you can also grab a cup of coffee or enjoy robust meals. Their speciality includes the Valrhona Chocolate Cake, a banana coconut cake, their Green Tea Praline and the Big Lub Carrot Cake.

5. Sidewalk: This is a street-style food court that specializes in the local food of Singapore. There is an outdoor seating area where you can enjoy lunch, dinner, brunch and breakfast. Make sure you try the dumplings and the local beer when you are here.

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Places to Visit near Singapore Philatelic Museum

1. Marina Bay Sands SingaporeMarina Bay Sands is one of the most striking hotels in Singapore, located opposite Marina Banks boasting features like an entertainment area, a museum, observation decks, a casino, spas, gyms and much more. All the rooms at the hotel offer an incredible view of the bay and even if you are not staying, you can always check out the restaurants and cafes on the property.

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2. Gardens by the BayThis beautiful nature park, spread over an area of 101 hectares, is one of the prime attractions in Singapore. There are three striking waterfront gardens, including the Bay Central Garden, the Bay South Garden and the Bay East Garden. The park is ideal for walks, picnics, birdwatching and cycling.

3. National Museum of Singapore: This is the oldest museum in Singapore, established way back in 1849 and beautifully cataloguing the vibrant history of Singapore till the present day. There are real-life specimens from people who travelled to Singapore from all over the world and settled down here. The museum gives you incredible insight into how different cultures have blended together to create a unique local culture.

lets you witness the captivating story of Singapore in a way that is both fun and fulfilling.

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4. Singapore Flyer: The Singapore Flyer is a giant observation wheel, consisting of 28 capsules, each air-conditioned and with enough capacity to accommodate 28 passengers. It is one of the best places if you want to go sightseeing in Singapore because from the top of the Flyer, you can see the entire city, along with the bay, spread out under you.

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5. National Gallery SingaporeLocated in the Downtown Core area of Singapore, the National Gallery is an art museum that contains over 9000 pieces of modern art. It is home to the largest collection of modern art pieces in all of South-East Asia. The museum is a fascinating place to visit if you are interested in art and global culture.

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6. ArtScience MuseumThe ArtScience Museum in Singapore gives you a glimpse into the future, with its modern exhibits, futuristic technology displays, interactive workshops and experiences that are one-of-a-kind. It is a place where art and science collide to give visitors the experience of stepping into the future with mind-boggling technology.

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7. Clarke QuayClarke Quay is a historical quay located on the riverside in Singapore. There are several museums and antique shops in the neighbourhood where you can explore the local history. It is also a perfect destination for boating and picnics. The many nightclubs, bars and restaurants here are open after hours as well.

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8. MerlionMerlion Park is one of the most iconic places in Singapore, home to the famous Singapore mascot – the head of a lion with the body of a fish. The park itself is beautifully constructed, with lights and trees and walking paths. You can also watch the fountain that originates from the mouth of the Merlion into the river.

Tips for Visiting Singapore Philatelic Museum

- There are several exhibitions and sections inside the Singapore Philatelic Museum- Make sure to ask if there is a special exhibition of the workshop being held when you are visiting

- Some of the must-see sections of the museum are the Room of rarities, Heritage Room and Orange Room

- Don’t miss the only surviving set of stamps from 1854 that was used in the Strait Settlements

- The museum offers a MyStamp service where you can make your own, customized stamp

- It also houses the only surviving colonial postal box from where you can post letters

- The museum is open every day, from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Singapore Philatelic Museum FAQs

What are the Singapore Philatelic Museum opening hours?

The Singapore Philatelic Museum is open every day, from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. However, the museum is currently under renovation, so make sure you find out if guests are being allowed beforehand when you are visiting.

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How do I get to the Singapore Philatelic Museum?

The easiest way to reach the museum is by taking a metro. You have to get down at the Fort Canning Station and walk to the museum. You can also get to the museum from the Dhoby Ghaut Station or the Clarke Quay Station. You can also take a cab to the museum directly from the airport.

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