The Singapore Philatelic Museum, housed in a 19th century building that was formerly part of the Anglo-Chinese School, was officially opened on 19 August 1995.

The museum is the custodian and curator of Singapore's treasure of philatelic materials. Its collections range from stamps and archival philatelic material of Singapore from the 1830s to present day, and stamps from member countries of the Universal Postal Union.

The permanent galleries introduce the world of philately, the world's first stamp, and how stamps are a window to the world - to explore different topics such as science, technology, history and culture.

Stamp Collections:

Straits Settlements Collection
Singapore was once a British Colony from 1819 to 1965, and was part of the Straits Settlements from 1826 to 1946.

Room of Rarities : Showcases the Straits Settlements Collection which documents Singapore's early philatelic history and heritage.

Only known 4 Indian stamps Cover
This is the only known Straits Settlements cover used in Singapore, bearing all four 1854 values of Indian stamps used in the Straits Settlements. These stamps illustrate that at that time, Singapore was under the East India Company and under British Indian rule.

Singapore Collection
Singapore became an independent nation on 9 August 1965. The country's first stamp issue as an independent nation was a commemorative stamp issue that marked its first anniversary of independence in 1966.

Green Room : Showcases the Singapore Collection from 1965 to present day.

First Republic Stamps

Universal Postal Union collection
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) collection comprises of stamps from more than 200 countries, dating from 1967 to present day.

Permanent Galleries:
(1) Orange Room : Find out about the world's first stamp, and how stamps are a window to the world to explore many topics such as science, technology, history and culture. Interesting exhibits include the "talking" Penny Black, and stamps made of unusual materials.

(2) Purple Room : Find out the process of how stamps are birthed from their theme selection, design conceptualisation, printing methods and their circulation through the mail.

(3) Room of Rarities : The gems of Singapore philately, including stamps and archival philatelic material from 1800s till today, and artefacts relating to Singapore's postal history are displayed.

(4) Heritage Room : Find out about early traditional trades, different cultural festivals, traditional costumes and musical instruments of the different migrant races who came to Singapore in the 19th century.

Opening Hours:

Monday 1.00pm - 7.00pm
Tuesday - Sunday 9.30am - 7.00pm

Free admission for all Singaporean, Singapore PR students and Permanent Residents aged 60 years and above. (Please present ID or valid pass for verification)

Museum admission is free on New Year's Day, Chinese New Year, National Day, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas Day.

Foreign Visitors

Category Individual
Adult S$6.00
Child (3-12 yrs) S$4.00

Address: 23-B Coleman Street Singapore 179807
Tel: (+65) 6337 3888

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