Jun 7, 2017

20 Melaka : Stamp Museum

Once the home of Dutch dignitaries, now a stamp museum. For some, paying RM3 to catch up on the postal history of Melaka may not be an exciting way to spend the holiday but it is different with me.

I was formerly an enthusiastic stamp collector. The hobby slowly slid out of my life as the world connected through the internet and letter writing became obsolete. I stopped having penpals. To continue purchasing new stamp releases direct from the post office seemed a meaningless activity. Handwritten letters, to me, were the heart and soul of stamp collecting. I guess I'm just old-fashioned!

Melaka Stamp Museum

This museum is a simple two-storey setup with information boards and stamps on display. The ground floor houses a stamp store and the ticketing counter.

Information Boards

As you enter the gate, you will see several olden day postboxes displayed within the compound. Pictured below is one of it.

A Postbox

It took us only 20 minutes to explore the place. There isn't much to see if you have no interest in postal history but just as important if you want to show kids how regular people communicate with the outside world back in the old days, before the era of computers and besides using the telephone or telegram. Ticket prices for kids are RM2 each.

For me, this was more of a trip down memory lane and I gladly parted with my money to help maintain this place.

Melaka Stamp Museum
(Around the corner from A Famosa)
Address: Jalan Kota, Melaka 75000, Malaysia.

20 comments:

  1. wow stamp collector! lol i remember collecting a lot as well but after i moved my house then I stopped all and even threw it away already. :(

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    1. That is sad but usually necessary to keep house clutter at bay especially if we no longer have an interest. I've given up many of my childhood stuff too. :)

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  2. RM3 is nothing. Part of our history, the past. I used to be a collector too. Having pen pals,collecting momento and stamps from them. The waiting. The excitement of seeing the postman. Those were the days.

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  3. When I was a kid, I used to collect stamps, but not now...

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    1. You too? High 5! Surprised to find so many stamp collecting blogger friends :D

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  4. I didn't know that a stamp museum existed in Malacca. That shows how long I haven't been to Malacca. I was a stamp collector too but later I lost interest and pass all the precious stamps and albums to a friend.

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    1. I am still keeping mine .. having yet to decide on its fate.

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  5. I was also once an enthusiastic stamp collector! I have lots of antique first day covers and old stamps to sell. hope to exchange for some cash to buy air tickets to Europe.

    Thanks for sharing about this Stamp Museum which would definitely interest me.

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    1. I could be wrong but I bet the store at the museum would be very keen to get their hands on old Melaka stamps ..

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  6. I enjoyed your photos, Sharon! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Yes, there is so much to love about it :)

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  8. Paiseh paiseh...been to Melaka many times but didnt know about this place. LOL...guess we went there to eat and eat only

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    1. Hah ...no paiseh here. There's still so many places I have yet to explore although I've been to Melaka several times too..haha.

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  9. I used to collect stamps as a hobby when I was young. This sure brings back memories....... xoxo

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    1. I'm happy that they chose to maintain this little piece of history ;)

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