India Post inaugurates the National Philatelic Museum

The Department of Posts  inaugurated the National Philatelic Museum on 11th July, 2011 which will exhibit rare postage stamps from across the world and also provide a platform to philatelists to exhibit their collections. Radhika Doraiswamy, secretary Department of Posts informed that the museum will provide enhanced and interactive platform for promoting philately and will stimulate interest for stamp collection among children. Situated near Connaught Place, is Dak Bhawan which has a post office with an outlet for philatelists interested in Indian stamps. It is an ideal destination for those with an interest in philately. For those who want to enrich their personal collection

The museum will be open Mondays to Fridays — it will also be open on Saturdays for school groups on request. It will have an nominal entry fee but the amount has yet not been decided.

The museum has bays dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and the prime ministers of India, along with freedom fighters. It also has stamps on several themes such as science and technology, transport and wildlife. There are stamps from abroad, and displays from the Army Postal Service and India Security Press, Nashik.

The museum also has an amphitheatre for talk shows and presentations along with a reference library. In the artists corner, the department has showcased the actual designing of a stamp and also plans to invite artists from time to time to give live demonstrations.