We used to be the Singapore Philatelic Museum, and we will be opening as Singapore’s first ever museum dedicated for children. Our museum will be a ‘starter museum’ to cultivate a love for museums and lifelong learning.
Our aim is to inspire every child to be an engaged, adaptive and responsible global citizen. Through immersive environments, interactive programming, exciting themes and diverse objects, children can widen their horizons and appreciate our country and world around them in fun and multisensory ways that encourage exploration and imagination. Children can experience the museum through play, interacting with the exhibits, and engaging with others. Children will develop life skills, including social and emotional skills, motor skills, aesthetics and creative expression, and language and literacy.
Children’s Museum Singapore seeks to help children:
- understand Singapore’s diverse, multicultural heritage
- prepare to play their part in their community
- explore their place in the world
The Children’s Museum Singapore’s roots date back to 1995 as the Singapore Philatelic Museum that presented family-friendly exhibitions on a wide range of themes. The museum established a reputation as a children-friendly museum and enjoyed a strong following among pre-schools, primary schools, and families with children. The museum closed in 2019 for upgrading and has been repositioned to re-open as a children’s museum.
Singapore Philatelic Museum is housed in a century-old, double-storey, colonial building. The building was the formerly part of the Anglo Chinese School. It was designed by Tomlinson and Lermit Architects, and commissioned by the Trustees of the Anglo Chinese School in 1906 as an additional school building to the Oldham Hall that was built in 1897. The original plans of this building were approved on 22 June 1906.