Thursday, 16 April 2015

Philatelic Museum

I am glad to have quite a lot of one-to-one time with An. We frequently go on outings and I am thankful that there are more places with free entry now compared to during J's time. Not too long ago, An and I went to the Philatelic Museum.

The museum is currently running an exhibition called Counting Sheep, Dreaming Goat and we headed for that quite immediately as I had read that the exhibition was interactive and suitable for children. The exhibition area was small, but as we were the only visitors there that weekday, we were able to linger at each display as long as we wanted and the whole visit took slightly more than an hour. 

At this exhibit, visitors trace paths from descriptions (e.g. female sheep) to names (e.g. ewe). Of course, I had to hold An's hand to do this, but an older child would have fun learning that a young of a sheep is called a lamb while the young of a goat is called a kid. 
At these informative exhibits, magnifying glasses are provided for visitors to look more closely at the displayed stamps. Little An was intrigued by the magnifying glasses, but as you can see, she used them for a different purpose despite my attempts to show her how they work. 

At this exhibit, press the buttons to hear the sheep and goat bleat.  Sheep don't actually say Baa Baa as we have been taught to believe. 

There is also a touchy feely section where visitors can stick their hand into a hole and feel the wool produced by different species of sheep. 

Here is another touch and feel segment. 

Little An loves playing musical instruments, so when she saw this piano, she was captivated. The musical score for Baa Baa Black Sheep was provided, and I played the song for her while she did a little dance.

Here house the many things made from parts of the sheep and the goat. 

There is even a wardrobe with sheep accessories that you can dress yourself in. Little An shook her head when I tried to put the head band on her, so I entertained myself by taking a selfie instead. 

Here, visitors can feed the goat with plastic fruits and see the fruits entering the gut of the goat. When little An found out that the fruits could be taken out of the gut and fed to the goat again, she kept saying "Again". I had to hoist her away from this display, otherwise we would end up staying overnight at the museum. 

The Counting Sheep, Dreaming Goats exhibition runs till 27 September, so there is still some time to catch it. 

We also went to the Spice is Nice exhibition next to the sheep exhibition. I initially thought the Spice is Nice exhibit was a permanent one since it was there the last time I visited two years ago, but I found out that it would end on 30 April. I feel it is worth a visit and may bring J there soon. 

At this display, visitors could place each bottle of spice on a basket, which is  connected to a reader. The information for that spice is flashed on a screen. Little An was quite interested to see the screen changing every time a different bottle was placed on the basket. 

Over here, click and drag the ingredients for curry and see them go into the pot. 

An could identify some of the fruits here. Her favourite fruit is also on display. 

I read the names of some of the Peranakan dishes here to An and I have no doubt she will soon be acquainted with their taste as my mother-in-law cooks them very well. Yum! 
With that, we ended our tour of the Philatelic Museum. There are other permanent exhibits like the Heritage Room and the Room of Rarities, but we had to leave to avoid peak-hour traffic. 

Parking is available at the public carpark next to the Peranakan Museum. From there, you need to walk about 2 minutes unsheltered to the Philatelic Museum, so do arm yourselves with umbrellas if you are going on a wet day. 

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