Stamp Expo: Museum for Communication Berlin

The Museum for Communication Berlin, founded as the Imperial Postal Museum (Reichspostmuseum) in 1872 and reopened under the present name in 2000, is known as the oldest postal museum in the world.

One of the museum's most valuable exhibits include its Mauritius "Post Office" stamps, an orange-red one and a deep blue one issued by the former British colony in 1847.

It and another 16 famous and valuable exhibits, including a postcard sent from China to Germany in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), are housed in the basement Treasure Chamber of the museum.

A gallery of the museum's permanent exhibition contains a series of interactive terminals where visitors can have fun exploring the basics of communication -- from Morse Code to the signal flag alphabet as well as smoke signals.

Another gallery of its permanent exhibition examines other issues such as how the mass media changed the nature of warfare and how media is perceived, and the role it plays in society.

The museum's collection, originally consisting of just postal materials, was expanded to include telecommunication in 1882 and aviation in 1910.

The Imperial Postal Museum was founded on the initiative of Postmaster General Heinrich von Stephan and housed in Berlin's central post office building in 1872. It was opened in a magnificent new building on the present site in 1898. The building was badly damaged during the Second World War and partly refurbished by the East German government during the cold war era.

Source: Focus Taiwan