With Chinese New Year right around the corner, we will be entering the Year of the Monkey very soon! And to welcome the year of the Monkey, Singapore Philatelic Museum has set up “More Than Monkeys” exhibition from now till 25 September 2016.
More Than Monkeys exhibition is held in a room at the far end of the corridor on Level 2 of Singapore Philatelic Museum. Entering the room, I felt like I was entering a jungle!
There was a sign that said this exhibition was kids-friendly. And I assure you it definitely was!
Being held at Singapore Philatelic Museum, you may be expecting an exhibition of stamps featuring monkeys. But the exhibition was so much more than that. There was an educational element – with a lot of information about primates on the walls.
Of course, putting up words and pictures on the wall would be too boring. So they added interactive elements to many of the exhibits. Like this one that required you to pull the tail of the monkey to reveal more information:
Or this one that required you to spin the log to read about the various zodiac signs.
Or these little FAQs for you to flip open.
And this board filled with pictures of monkey stamps which you could flip over to find out more about the monkey.
For example, one of the boards showed stamps of Singapore’s celebrity Orangutan Ah Meng.
And when flipped over, you would find a paragraph of information about orangutans!
There were also games for kids to play with, like a jigsaw puzzle.
And this Monkey World Wordsearch.
To make the exhibition multi-sensory and all, there was a button you could press to hear the howler monkey’s call.
In the centre of the exhibition room, there was a section where you could hang up tiny monkeys on the trees.
And use binoculars to find fun facts about rainforests!
I also noticed a TV which, based on the captions, I supposed was meant to feature Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani, Japan. We were just there last December! I wondered if it was linked to the live cam at Jigokudani Monkey Park – that would have been pretty awesome.
Since the TV was not working when I was there, let me photoshop a picture of snow monkeys in for you. LOL!!
Moving on moving on… This was Singapore Philatelic Museum after all. So let’s check out some stamps!
Magnifying glasses were provided to allow you to have a better look at the stamps.
I can’t believe the sheer number of monkey stamps they managed to dig out! There were monkey stamps from all over the world.
There was even a section on Monkey God – Sun Wu Kong.
I particularly liked this set of stamps which was a cross between Mickey Mouse and Journey to the West.
And last but not least, there were the commemorative stamps for Year of the Monkey.
I found this exhibition amazingly kids-friendly. All the displays were pretty low and within easy reach of children. And there was so much for the kids to learn through play!
Chinese New Year Open House
If you are looking for a fun way to usher in the Year of the Monkey, visit Singapore Philatelic Museum on 9 February 2016 for their open house! On top of all the above interactive and educational exhibits, extra activities will be taking place that day. Here’s the program for the day:
Admission will be FREE for all during the open house! And while you are there, don’t forget to also check out Snoopy, Charlie Brown & The Peanuts Gang Exhibition on Level 1.
Information on Singapore Philatelic Museum:
Address: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Getting There: 5 min walk from City Hall, Bras Basah or Clarke Quay MRT.
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm
- Free for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents
- $6 for Adult
- $4 for Child (3 – 12 years old)
Free admission for all on Open House Days: New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, National Day, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas Day.
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