On Celebrating Hari Raya Aidul Fitri on 19th August 2012, Singapore Philatelic Museum and Peranakan Museum were two among eight museum who held Open House Day, and we were the three among the many who visited the museums. Since it was their Open Day, everyone enter for free. We wouldn’t miss the chance to visit all the museums, and for that day we chose them. Why, because we hadn’t had the chance to visit them on National Day, and since both of them are close to each other, they were the perfect choice for us.
When I asked the lil boy what’s in the peranakan museum (he, as the internet boy) could answer correctly based on the information that he got from Uncle Google. He knew what he was going to see there.
After church, we went home for lunch and took the MRT to City Hall. We planned to had lunch near the museums to save time, not at home. But after a long consideration (my boy will never eat properly if he already sees the places he’s going to go), we decided to eat at home. Luckily, considering “my very poor geography skill”, we could reach the first museum safely and without getting lost.
I studied the map carefully, including the map in the MRT Station, and I decided to take exit B, turn left, follow the street until I saw traffic light, turn right to cross, follow the street again, cross the street, follow the street again until I saw the museum on the left. They put big banners, so actually I acknowledge the museum from afar. Besides, the building was different and one can really tell if it is the museum.
The museum itself is actually very small comparing to Singapore Art Museum and the super big National Museum, but it was decent and nice. The inside building is clean, unique, and child friendly. Although the corridor and gallery rooms are small, we still had fun there, especially that this museum catered the needs of the children. It is only two storeys building, but we spent quite a long time here. To my surprise, we didn’t only see stamps and stamps only, but other things too. I will give detail below. The way they put the stamps is also unique, it’s like a play room for children. My son enjoyed it a lot and never seemed to get bored.
I thought it was just stamps collection that will make us bored, but they made the stamps into puzzle, hopscotch play, video and audio play, and you the children can do the open-close door to find out what’s inside. Super fun…..to my opinion. On the second floor, it’s not just about the stamps, but many interesting things to find. There was also A Dragon for children exhibition, but I guess it’s just a temporary exhibition.
Now, I will take you on a tour to the museum, and hope you enjoy it like us……and before I forget, they provide many chairs and sofas so my mom can sit down and relax while waiting for us playing in each room. How nice…..
First Floor-The Atrium
Upon entering the museum, you will see a lobby where you can sit down and relax while looking at the decoration of the museum, the Olympic games 2012 pictures gallery, and children can arrange the four different kinds of puzzles and playing three different kinds of hopscotch.
First Floor-Orange Room
In front of the atrium are Orange Room. Here are what we found in orange room:
First Floor -Purple Room
Next to the orange room, is the purple room. Here are the collections:
First Floor-Fun Corner
This corner is not designated for children only. Although there was a merlion puppet making by paying $2, but adults could still enjoy this room. The boy didn’t want to take part in making the merlion, as he saw big maps that interest him more (he shows high interest on every maps, every kind of maps, he’ll jump to it and takes his time to look carefully at the map).
Second Floor-Rarities Room
This is located just next to the stairs. It fulls of old things of Singapore’s postal system
Second Floor-Heritage Room
Inside the Rarities Room, we found Heritage Room, where we can see all antiques things here. It makes you feel like going back to the past time.
Second Floor-Spices Room
This is the story of how spices came to Singapore:
We also found a small corridor filled with amazing things too, like these:
Second Floor-Dragon Exhibition
This area is intended for the fun of children. Adults can have fun by taking pictures of their children only, hahaha……., but it’s so true……of course the lil boy spent a very long time here, playing here and there all the time……
Although there are many rooms, actually every room is in small size. I guess my boy didn’t learn a lot, since he likes the playing than the learning, but I think it is worth as the first small step to introduce him to the museums. As he grow, I hope he still has the same enthusiasm of going to the museums and starts learning by himself. Well actually, I think he learnt lot of things too, through his visual, than he showed interest on the movie and audio playing in the museums. He also read the books and some information carefully, and tried to experience the spices, turned the wheels to see what was going to happen, dig the dinosaurs’ bones, etc……
It was a good way to spend the holiday time…..and we still have many museums to visit, and he’s still very enthusiast and can’t wait to visit all of them.
The lesson is, I hope my country can do the same effort too to make the museums more interesting for the children and adults too…..first by increasing their cleanliness standard and make exhibitions that will interest little children and their parents to visit, and as the children grow up they will inherit the spirit to visit our museums to their children, again and again.