Why you should check out these two museums closing in March
The Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum may not be the biggest museums in town, but they are well worth a visit, especially before they close next month for a more than year-long refresh.
The Singapore Philatelic Museum in Coleman Street, which opened in 1995 to showcase Singapore’s rich philatelic heritage, will close from 18 March for building upgrades and improvements to the visitor experience. It is expected to reopen end-2020.
The decade-old Peranakan Museum in Armenian Street, which occupies the former Tao Nan School, built in 1912, and which was later home to the Asian Civilisations Museum in 1994, will close from 1 April for a revamp of its permanent galleries. The museum, with one of the most comprehensive public collections of Peranakan artefacts, is expected to reopen in mid-2021 with new displays and content.
Here are three reasons why you should steal a last look at the museums, before their makeover:
Open house and street party
The museums are going out in style. The Singapore Philatelic Museum is throwing an Open House with free admission for everyone over two Sundays – 10 and 17 March, and visitors can catch exhibitions featuring uniquely designed stamps, including the world’s first beaded stamp from Singapore, and those inspired by the famed story, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Peranakan Museum, on the other hand, will be holding a street party on 15 and 16 March.
Last look at precious items
Don’t miss precious artefacts on display, including a stamp cover bearing all four 1854 values of Indian stamps, which were also used in the Straits Settlement, and a late-19th century wedding bed, whose donor had given birth to the first seven of her 11 children on it.
Snap a memory
The eye-catching red pillar box outside the Singapore Philatelic Museum makes for a perfect Instagram accessory. But it is more than just eye candy. Pillar boxes were in use during the British colonial days until 1971, when they were replaced by rectangular postboxes. This is the only operational pillar box of its kind in Singapore today.