StampNews.com got to know that the Singapore Philatelic Museum is organizing a special exhibition to celebrate the Year of the Goat. This interactive exhibition offers children more than mere information about sheep, goats and stamps.
Tucked away on the top floor of the SPM, the exhibition, called Counting Sheep, Dreaming Goats, isn't just your ordinary stamp exhibition. Firstly, it's meant to engage young children, so the displays are all brightly – coloured, and there are loads of interactive elements. The visitors will get a chance to experience what various different types of wool from difference types of sheep – from angora to cashmere – feel like. Kids can also dress up for photos or lie down on a sheepskin rug and look up at the "constellation" of Aries (sheep) and Capricorn (goat) or "feed" a goat display with an assortment of toy fruit and vegetables.
And yes, there are stamps as well, from first day covers to various stamps from around the world depicting the Chinese zodiac (as well as sheep and goats) from countries such as the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Russia, Mongolia and more.
"We started planning for this about six months ago, with research and we had to plan how to angle the topic so that it can engage the children", said the exhibition's curator, Michelle Lim. "It's not so much about disseminating information – they can just go to Wikipedia for that. We want to make sure that you have a meaningful experience. Our exhibitions are very interactive and encourage exploration as well".
Case in point: Children can play on a toy piano that comes with easy-to-follow sheet music for two of the most recognisable odes to sheep: Mary Had A Little Lamb and Baa Baa Black Sheep.
There are other exhibitions going on at the museum - their key exhibition is called Return To Sender (yes, it's about Elvis Presley) – and while some may not rank the Philatelic Museum high on their "museums to visit" list, it must be said that its location – next to Central Fire Station, across the road from the Peranakan Museum, a mere 10-minute walk from The Singapore Art Museum and about 15 minutes' walk to Fort Canning and the National Museum – makes it an ideal stop for a day out in the heritage district.
Also, the museum's size is its strength – compared to the rest, it's very small, but that means children won't get bored, thanks in part to all the interactive exhibits, you can easily go through all the exhibitions there in less than three hours. This being the Chinese New Year season, the museum has its open house from the 19th to the 20th of February.