“Museums and art stores are also sources of pleasure and inspiration. Doubtless it will seem strange to many that the hand unaided by sight can feel action, sentiment, beauty in the cold marble; and yet it is true that I derive genuine pleasure from touching great works of art. As my finger tips trace line and curve, they discover the thought and emotion which the artist has portrayed.” – Helen Keller
One lazy Saturday, I’ve decided to go museum hopping for a change. If my memory serves me right, the last time I visited a museum was way back grade school days, in which I joined the school’s educational field trip. That time, all of us students are in queues, checking out the artifacts and sometimes pretending everything’s interesting even if it bores the hell out of us.
I have a complimentary pass which is good til June 2010 that I can use for the visit. Also, Singapore is celebrating the Arts Festival this month, so most of the museums around are free of admission. So it’s true after all, that The Best Things in Life are free. 🙂
1st stop: Singapore Philatelic Museum
The museum holds a well presented collection of rare and ordinary stamps from Singapore and around the world. The museum is a must-visit for philatelist (that’s not the exercise dude) or the stamp collectors who do it as a hobby. I learned lots of things here such as what philately is all about, history of stamps, how it was produced and etc. I was also amazed to see that the gallery upstairs also holds exhibit about the Philippine Culture. There was also a special section in the museum dedicated for the tigers called “Crouching Tiger: Hidden Danger”. The information there is mainly facts about tigers, their extinction and how we can preserve them. Entrance fee = 5SGD.
2nd stop: Peranakan Museum
My next stop is the Peranakan Museum. It’s a 3-5 minute walk from the 1st stop and this is where I used my free complimentary pass. 🙂 So what is a Peranakan? Honestly, I have no idea of what it is all about until I went to this place. I just usually know the term every time I passed by Tanjong Katong. Now, I know that they refer to people of mixed ethnic origins which can be either from Chinese, Malay or Indian origin and make a big part of the Southeast Asia community. The museum is divided into 10 galleries, featuring artifacts and multimedia exhibits to introduce visitors to Peranakan history and culture.
3rd stop: Asian Civilizations Museum
My 3rd and last stop is the Asian Civilizations Museum. Admission is free of charge since there is an ongoing Singapore Arts Festival until June. The museum showcases different exhibits on the civilization and cultures of Asia. Everything you need to know regarding Asia’s rich history, you can see it there. This visit reminds me of my 2nd yr HS Social Studies class. The experience is very educational and it’s as if like I’m being transported to another era. Many families spent their weekend there and kids get to enjoy the free face painting session in one of the booths. I also get to watched some kids dancing flamenco. How I wish my kids will be as talented. 🙂