In a move that marks the first major redevelopment for the Singapore Philatelic Museum and the Peranakan Museum since their openings in 1995 and 2008, respectively, both National Heritage Board institutions will shut their doors this year to update their infrastructure and content. The former is set to close from Mar 18 and re-open at the end of next year, while the latter will close from Apr 1 and open again in mid-2021.
Located on Coleman Street, the Philatelic Museum is known for its use of stamps to showcase local culture. Its current building was formerly part of the Anglo Chinese School, and was later occupied by the Methodist Book Room. Works to be carried out here include essential infrastructural upgrades to the building and an overhaul of the permanent and changing galleries.
But before you bid a temporary farewell to it, swing by on Mar 10 or 17 for the museum’s all-day open house, when entry will be free for all to check out ongoing exhibitions like The Little Prince: Behind the Story. While it undergoes redevelopment, the museum will continue to put on traveling exhibitions and education programs at school, as well as its annual events like the National Stamp Collecting Competition.
As for the Peranakan Museum, which delves into the arts and culture of Peranakan communities in the region, the Armenian Street building was formerly home to the Tao Nan School, built in 1912. It, too, will see its permanent galleries revamped for a new look.
Leading up to its makeover, the museum will host an Armenian Street Party on Mar 15 and 16, as part of the yearly Singapore Heritage Festival. Also look out for its pop-up exhibitions at public libraries, as well as an array of new exhibits at the Peranakan Gallery in Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 later this year.