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Singapore Philatelic Museum - A Fowl Tale Exhibit - Bumble Bee Mum

Every year around Chinese New Year, Singapore Philatelic Museum will launch an exhibit with a theme surrounding the year’s zodiac.   Last year, being the year of the monkey, we saw the “More Than Monkeys” exhibit.   This year, being year of the rooster, we have…

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Chicken & Egg – A Fowl Tale!

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After visiting More than Monkeys exhibit last year, we were hoping that this year’s exhibit would be as engaging and interactive for the kids.  And we were not disappointed at all!

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In fact, this year’s exhibit was EVEN MORE FUN for kids! Starting with the kitchen set-up.  You would think we visited an indoor playground rather than a philatelic museum based on the photo below!

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MY was absolutely hooked to the cooking set.  He spent much of his time cooking eggs and serving them to me.  He even found aprons which he gladly put on to complete the experience.. LOL!!

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Beside the cooking play set, I found a stack of ‘Maths Recipes’ with interesting Math puzzles for kids to solve.

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And on the refrigerator, there was this super fun game where kids could match pictures of eggs to the way the eggs were cooked!

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Next to the ‘kitchen’, there was a nicely decorated ‘dining area’.

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On the wall, we found the First Day cover for this year’s Singapore zodiac stamp collection. This set of stamps was released on 6 January 2017 and designed by local stamp designer Leo Teck Chong.  The illustrations were based on a design concept of “roundness”, which signified fullness, wealth and prosperity.

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And since we were in the ‘dining area’, we also found a display with stamps showing pictures of food made of chicken or eggs. I thought it was pretty witty!

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On the dining table, there was an interesting chest which we couldn’t resist opening to see what was inside.  Turned out it was an egg crate, used in the early 1900s to mail eggs!

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Moving on, we found a station where kids could read a story titled “The Little Red Hen“.

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As we moved through the exhibit, we found plenty of information related to chickens and eggs.  I was very amused by all the information that the museum curator pulled together.  From ‘How did Chicken Pox get its name’ to folktales and nursery rhymes involving chickens or eggs.

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There was also a section with information about the zodiacs.  Where I found out that my lucky numbers were 5, 7, 8 and my lucky colours were gold, brown and yellow.   Right…

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I really loved not just the selection of information, but the manner all the information was presented.  From pull-out cards, to display shelves behind barn windows.

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There was always something for kids to do.  Like opening a box, pressing a button to activate the light, flipping over the board etc.

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If your kid is suffering from information overload, take a break and play a game of maze – where you need to lead the little chick to its mother hen!

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Or listen to the sounds made the the rooster, hen and chick.

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Or complete a jigsaw puzzle of the stamp design from this year’s Singapore zodiac stamp collection which we saw earlier.

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Or count the number of rooster / hens / chicks in the comic, while learning how to differentiate a rooster from a hen along the way.

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And before you go, don’t forget you are at Singapore Philatelic Museum afterall.  So spend some time checking out the painstakingly curated collection of rooster-related stamps.

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Just like all the previous exhibits we saw at Singapore Philatelic Museum, I left the museum feeling impressed by the curator’s creativity and passion.  You would think being a curator at a philatelic museum would be a rather mundane job, but the curator here clearly went beyond expectation to come up with fresh and engaging ideas each time.  Someone should be given a good employee award.

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This exhibit will be on display till 25 June 2017 – which makes it concurrent with “Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands“, the Harry Potter themed exhibit happening at Singapore Philatelic Museum in the next room (or next next.  Okay, can’t remember, but they were along the same corridor).

With two amazing and very kids-friendly exhibits going on at Singapore Philatelic Museum now, I highly recommend visiting the museum before these two exhibits come to and end!

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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.

Map: Click here for Google Map location

Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm

Admission Fee:

  • Free for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents
  • $8 for Adult
  • $6 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.

Tel: 63373888

Official Websites: Homepage | Facebook Page | InstagramTwitter

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16Comments

  1. […] – Bumblebeemum: Chicken & Egg – A Fowl Tale @ Singapore Philatelic Museum […]

  2. Now this is a fun way to understand the chicken life cycle. I’m looking forward to being able to let ours outdoors to free range again after the current ban. #CityTripping

  3. Kat says:

    What an awesome museum exhibit! Great work on making it so interactive and fun for kids. I kind of want to have a play in there as well! #CityTripping

    • bumblebeemum says:

      The adults there were all very engaged with the exhibits as well. Just short of playing with the cooking set which would probably give me a backache if I attempted to play. But I had fun flipping out all the fun facts and pushing whatever buttons I could find.

  4. This exhibition makes a philatelic museum far more interesting than I would have imagined. You are right, a lot of thought and creatively has gone into it. I like the board where you match the egg dishes. Thanks for linking #citytripping
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      Before I had kids, I imagined a philatelic museum to be a room full of stamps behind glass panels with old people looking at them through magnifying glass. It was only after I had kids and people told me to bring the kids to check it out that I realised how wrong I was. The curators are really doing a fantastic job.

  5. This is fabulous – couldn’t be further from my idea of a dry dusty philatelic museum. They’ve got so creative here, it looks brilliant. And who knew you could post an egg! #citytripping
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  6. Wow, this exhibition really has brought the stories behind the stamps to life! It looks all very hands on and lots of fun particularly for younger children. Also love the egg posting box! #citytripping

    • bumblebeemum says:

      It is very engaging, isn’t it? I met a curator once and she explained that children today don’t come into contact with stamps at all because of the internet. Which is why there is a lot of emphasis placed on engaging children and introducing them to the world of philately here.

  7. Just shows how creative the curator of this museum is – that kitchen is fabulous. I agree with Kat, I would love to spend a morning here as an adult looking at everything.
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  9. Anna says:

    Hi, how long did u spend at the museum? A rough estimate is fine.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      For this exhibit alone, I was there for about an hour. But there were a lot more exhibits at Singapore Philatelic Museum besides this one. I would say give the whole museum at least 2 hours.

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