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.
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.
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.
The boys love the interactive shipping routes and origins of spice map.
Where:Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
When: 22 Aug 2012 – 30 Apr 2015