Singapore Philatelic Museum to Give Way to a Children Museum

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The Singapore Philatelic Museum will give way to a new Children Museum which will transform itself into a new education tool about the city state for the youngsters…

When it reopens to the public at the end of this year, the Singapore Philatelic Museum will have been turned into a museum exclusively dedicated to children with a pedagogic content tailor-made for children up to 12 years old. The information was given by Grace Yu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth last Friday.

“The Singapore Philatelic Museum will be revamped as a dedicated children’s museum where children can learn about a wide range of themes, including the heritage and culture of Singapore and the region, by playing with interactive and immersive exhibits,” said Mrs Fu in her Committee of Supply speech, reported Channel News Asia.

The new children’s museum will encourage young visitors to explore and learn through artefacts, hands-on and immersive displays, personal stories, and role-playing, said the National Heritage Board (NHB) in a fact sheet. It will explore a range of themes including heritage, culture and contemporary issues.

The new children’s museum will be a “starter museum” to introduce young visitors and their families to the museum-going experience, said NHB to CNA. The museum’s existing stamp collection is to be integrated into the new display alongside other artefacts to support children’s learning.

“Stamps make excellent educational resources for children who find them attractive and accessible, and they will be part of the museum’s refreshed permanent galleries and special exhibitions,” added NHB.

The Singapore Philatelic Museum has been closed to the public since March 2019 a the structure is being redeveloped. The museum officially opened in 1995. Another important cultural institution, the Peranakan Museum, just a few meters away from the Philatelic Museum, is also closed for renovation since April 2019 and should also reopen to the public in 2021.

The Peranakan Museum explores the art and culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia, and possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive public collections of Peranakan objects. The old 1912 Tao Nan building was first converted to the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in 1994, and subsequently redeveloped into the Peranakan Museum in 2008. The upcoming redevelopment of the Peranakan Museum will include a complete revamp of all permanent galleries with new displays and content.