In a city state obsessed with perpetual revamping, facelifting and making space for more people, things and buildings and tourists, it is hardly news to hear that two longstanding museums within the CBD—Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) and Peranakan Museum—will be closed for redevelopment.
Yet losing two gems at once feels like a gaping loss—it too hard to ask for staggered closures? In any case, SPM will be closed from Mar 19 and will re-open to the public by the end of 2020; whilst the Peranakan Museum will be closed from Apr 1 and reopen in mid 2021.
Re-opening dates are unconfirmed.
The hidden gem of SPM has been around since 1955 and houses stamps from a long time ago, as early as since the 1800s. Over the years, several well-attended themed exhibitions, including the Harry-Potter Theme exhibitions (ongoing!) have drawn tourists and locals alike. A SPM curator once confessed that stamps exhibitions are particularly challenging because of the lack of in-your-faceness element in stamps, as opposed to, say a century-old jewelled crown. More often overlooked is the fact that you get to trace Singapore’s connections to the rest of the world.
Oh, boy, what will become of our Night Fest now?
On languid days with little to do, it is a treat to walk the grounds of the Peranakan Museum, learning about the clans, marvel over the attention paid to ornamentation; and the luxurious lifestyle of the Peranakans in the pre-war days.
It does seem as though both museums are reticent themselves to go into complete hiatuses. Leading up to the closure, SPM will be organising open houses with free admission; and guests can also expect special CNY programs on Feb 6. During the redevelopment term, keep a look-out for pop-ups and collaboration with local libraries. The Peranakan Museum will also be Armenian Street Party in March. Point is, if you’re ready for them to go out with a bang, join in on the festivities.
So now we have two less things in the CBD, but well you gain some you lose some.