Singapore Philatelic Museum to become children’s museum in 2021

PHOTO: Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
PHOTO: Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

SINGAPORE — The Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM), which is currently closed for redevelopment, will re-open in 2021 as a dedicated children’s museum.

Targeted at children aged 12 and below, it will be a “welcoming, imaginative and nurturing space” that fosters learning through hands-on and immersive displays, personal stories, and role-playing, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu in Parliament on Friday (6 March).

“For instance, there will be a permanent exhibition on ‘Singapore, Our Home’, where children can learn how early pioneers lived and worked, and role-play as hawkers, coolies and merchants,” said Fu, who was speaking during her ministry’s Committee of Supply (COS) debate.

The museum’s permanent galleries will introduce children to Singapore’s history and heritage, and allow them to discover hidden treasures based on the nearby Fort Canning archaeological finds, travel in time to meet early pioneers, and run a neighbourhood post office.

There will also be a special exhibition titled Happy Birthday, Singapore!, which invites children to go behind-the-scenes to experience the planning of a National Day parade, where they will get to design parade costumes and a fireworks display.

The philatelic collection will continue to be used alongside other artefacts and the stamps will be part of the museum’s updated permanent galleries and special exhibitions.

The new SPM will complement National Gallery Singapore’s Keppel Centre for Art Education and Singapore Science Centre’s KidsSTOP, among others, to create a more diverse and vibrant museum scene in Singapore.

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