Spice is Nice Exhibition at Philatelic Museum

We took advantage of the open house day on National Day to checked out the Philatelic Museum and are pleasantly surprised to see a new exhibition about spices. Well, its not just about spice but the voyages explorers took in the 15th to 16th century in their search for spices and of cause, the stamps that depict the spices, the trade and voyages.

Spice Is Nice Exhibition

Spices are so commonly available now it’s hard to imagine that spices like pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, are valuable commodities five centuries ago.  European countries such as Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands sail vast oceans to track down the origins of spices. This eventually lead to Sir Stamford Raffles finding  Singapore in 1819 and establishing her as a trading port.

The  European countries in Asia

Interesting nautical instruments used in the past.

While our 7 and 4 year olds may not understand the implication of all these, it certainly did not stop them from running in and out of the exhibition hall, the “dark cargo hold of a ship” and checking out the spices.

Replica of the cargo hold

The inside of the cargo hold.

Spices in sacks and labels telling us what they are.

The boys love the interactive shipping routes and origins of spice map.

Interactive map the lights up when you press the buttons.

Stamps with pictures of spice plants. Press the buttons to see where it came from.

The great explorers and their routes.

Where:Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
When: 22 Aug 2012 – 30 Apr 2015

Author: scoutiemum

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