Monday, March 3, 2014

MUFI- The Stamp Museum in Oaxaca

MUFI - the Philatelic Museum, the only museum of its kind in the entire Latin America.  
In 1840, it was the English postal service that created the first stamp.  And with that, stamp collecting was born.  
But it was not until 1856 when Mexico issued its first stamp, the blue Hidalgo for half a real.
As you enter the MUFI, there is a large map of the world with a trail from different countries to the stamps on display.  I was intrigued by the hot air balloon stamps for the Cook Islands
And this stamp of Lucy hugging the lion, Aslon, from the movie Narnia.
The interior is very serene with four courtyards.
The blooming bougainvillea was simply magnificent against the blue sky.
One of the courtyards had table and chairs in it where we sat and wrote a few postcards to friends back in the states.  The adobe walls had a series of contemporary stamps that had been enlarged on display. 
I love the simple graphics of this street scene.
And the Calaca (skeleton) with his guitar.
And these cars are just great.
There is a workshop, mostly used for children programs.  The picture of the large white seagull in flight was created by only using stamps!
On my last visit to the museum, there was an exhibition on baseball stamps.
This baseball park had billboards lining the stadium all featuring baseball stamps.
What a great stamp, so simple but so "all baseball".  
Like the Museum of Contemporary Art, I can hardly wait to see what the next exhibition will be.

The gift shop is also a little gem.  I bought some great stamps, a book and few other gift items.

Museo de Filatelia
Calle Reforma 504
Open Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

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