Singapore Philatelic Museum: Want to be a Powerful Philatelist?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 0 Comments

Singapore Philatelic Museum & National Museum of Archives
Ever since emails became a thing, most of us have forgotten the insatiable impression that traditional snail mails can bring. I mean, “You’ve got mail?” Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan must have gotten it right, right? But I could say, so does Harry Potter? Privet Drive mail Owl Postal Service scene, yes?


In any case, I just wanted to share that Singapore is cool with anything old school. And this includes snail mailing. Yes, ever since I moved to Singapore a couple of eons ago, I’ve learned to see the convenience and ingenuity that a post can give you, especially when you receive a surprise mail from a loved one. True story! So imagine my surprise when I found out that Singapore has their own museum for such thing: the Singapore Philatelic Museum (Chinese: 新加坡集邮博物馆) which is all about postal history of Singapore and its stamps.


Located along the Coleman Street in Singapore, the Singapore Philatelic Museum has some pretty awesome permanent galleries, and themed galleries throughout the year. Moreover, these galleries often include displays from the private collections of prominent philatelists. When I have gotten a chance to visit… bullocks! They had the Harry Potter Wizarding fair! I have to say, it’s not only a pretty good reminder of the United Kingdom, or the original Harry Potter Studios to be more specific, it’s a fantastic opportunity to see how timeless and terrific these stamps and letters are. Plus, they even have the Chicken And Egg: A Fowl Tale exhibition, Shaking It With Shakespeare Exhibition, and The Singapore Journey: 50 Years Through Stamps.


I am sure that all the artists, letterers, and creatives out there would be impressed by this 19th century building-turned-museum. Now, as a traveler, as an expat, or even as a curious potential enthusiast, these galleries that showcase diverse areas such as science, technology, history and culture, are indeed worthy of some form of “stamp” of approval! Thumbs up! Likewise, the museum has a sub-post where you can actually buy stamps and post out your letters! So, need not worry… because you can even get your own personalized stamps made here too.

Address: 23-B Coleman Street Singapore (179807)
Opening Hours Mon – Sun 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM













Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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