Singapore Philatelic Museum is the custodian and curator of Singapore's treasure of philatelic materials. The museum collections range from stamps and archival philatelic material of Singapore from the 1830s to present day, and stamps from member countries of the Universal Postal Union.
The permanent galleries introduce the world of philately, the world's first stamp, and how stamps are a window to the world - to explore different topics such as science, technology, history and culture. Throughout the year, the museum holds special exhibitions on current topics. Educational activities are organised for schools and members of the public to discover the heritage of Singapore and other countries through philately.
The mission of SPM is to stimulate interest in philately. Through philately, the museum promotes the educational use of philatelic materials to learn about national history and heritage, and the world.
Singapore Philatelic Museum was officially opened on 19 August 1995 as a project of the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore (TAS). On 1 April 2000, the museum was transferred to the National Heritage Board (NHB) as a fully-owned subsidiary. Singapore Philatelic Museum is the first philatelic museum in Southeast Asia.
Singapore Philatelic Museum is housed in a century-old, double-storey, colonial building. The building was the formerly part of the Anglo Chinese School. It was designed by Tomlinson and Lermit Architects, and commissioned by the Trustees of the Anglo Chinese School in 1906 as an additional school building to the Oldham Hall that was built in 1897. The original plans of this building were approved on 22 June 1906.