Pillar box is a kind of public facility that allows people to post their mails. No matter whether it is the prosperous city, quiet countryside or Polar Regions, pillar box is always an eye-catching landscape. Modern technology can help us communicate with our distant friends and relatives instantly. However, when you are away from your home, you may want to write down your festive greetings or the special moments of your trip on a letter or postcard and mail it home.

The theme of the Stamp Festival this year is Pillar Box. Let's go to see the different pillar boxes from all over the world!

Exhibition and Thematic Guided Visit

Although the heavy pillar boxes used in the past can still be found on the streets, the pillar or letter boxes in different parts of the world have changed a lot in terms of their shapes and colors due to the needs of development. In the early days, they were usually made of metal which made it so heavy that several strong men were required to move a single pillar box. Nowadays, pillar boxes are mainly made of glass fiber or other lighter materials, largely reducing their weights. However, for the safety of pedestrians and postmen, these pillar boxes are still mounted steadily on the wall or the ground.

Our facilitators will introduce about the pillar boxes on stamps, miniatures from other places and interesting stories about pillars boxes. Each guided visit takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Schools and organizations are welcomed to make reservations.

Special Activities

Lucky Draw of the Pillar Box Photo Mosaic

Lucky Draw of the Pillar Box Photo Mosaic

Do you "Like" it? Pillar boxes of different countries and regions have their unique special features, but pillar box of Macao has the most special outlook! You are welcomed to join our guessing game by finding the answers in the exhibition and entering the lucky draw.

Participants only have to circle the answers on the game slip and insert it into the collection box. The participants that answer all the questions correctly will automatically enter the grand lucky draw at the end of the exhibition. The list of winners will be announced on the museum's website thereafter. The ten winners will be contacted individually for collection of their prizes.


  1. The prizes will not be repeatedly awarded to the same person.
  2. The personal data provided in the game slip will only be used for the purpose of the activity and handled according to the "Personnel Data Collection Policy Statement" of Macao Post.
  3. All staffs of Macao Post are not allowed to participate in the activity.
Mail to the Future

Mail to the Future

In the busy city life, it is still possible for us to spare some time to slow down and have a look of the things around us. Although writing may not be the fastest way of communication, it can quickly freeze the moment and allow us to record our wonderful wishes and memories. Let us imagine someday in future when someone feels the warmth and greetings while reading this letter or postcard that was sent from the "long" past.

We have placed two mailboxes with two different cut-off times for mailing. Please drop in your handwritten letter or postcard and we shall mail them out to your loved ones on the said dates so that these special mailing dates will be stamped on your letters or postcards.

Latest Posting Time:

  1. 5:30 p.m. on 13 February 2017 - Postal datemark of Communications Museum showing 14 February will be applied on the mails.
  2. 5:30 p.m. on 27 February 2017 - Commemorative chop of the 11th Anniversary of Communications Museum showing 1 March will be applied on the mails.

For Museum Fans:

Please "Like" - Communications Museum of Macao on the Facebook or share the activity with your friends in WeChat, and then show your mobile phone to our facilitators to obtain 1 Macao stamp with face value of MOP2 (postage for one local mail of 20g or below) for posting your mail.

Kind reminder:

If your mail is over 20g or to be mailed to places out of Macao, please buy additional postage at the Museum Shop.

Porcelain Painting Workshops

Porcelain Painting Workshops

Paper is the main type of material for stamp printing. Its source materials come from timber, bamboo, recycled materials, etc. With technological improvement, there are now more and more special stamps made of materials other than paper, including fabrics, leather, wood, porcelain, glass, etc.

We are going to hold four Porcelain Painting workshops that include thematic guided visit of "A Pillar Box Discovery Journey" exhibition. In the workshops, participants will be provided with porcelain tiles pre-printed with the outline of different pillar box images for painting. The set of four different porcelain tiles from the four workshops will be a good collection of coasters at your home or gifts for your friends or relatives!

Timetable of workshops:

1) 07/01/2017
2) 11/02/2017
3) 04/03/2017
3) 01/04/2017
15:30 ~ 17:00
Participants: 20 persons per workshop
Charge: MOP30.00/person/workshop (entrance fee and materials included)
Registration: Telephone booking or walk-in participation
Location: 1st Floor

Kind reminder: Schools or organizations are welcomed for group booking in other days. Please contact us at least two weeks before the workshop for preparation of materials.

A Tour of Special Pillar Boxes in Hong Kong

A Tour of Special Pillar Boxes in Hong Kong

This is a one and a half day trip of the Stamp Festival. On the first day, participants will spend an afternoon enjoying a guided visit of "A Pillar Box Discovery Journey" at the museum to find out the interesting things about pillar boxes around the world. On the second day, they may invite their parents or friends to join the trip to Hong Kong. They will visit the exhibition at the postal gallery in Hong Kong Post and look for the oldest post office in Stanley to discover the changes that pillar boxes have undergone in Hong Kong.

Date: 3 - 4 February 2017

Age: 9 - 12 years old

Vacation: 12 ~ 18 groups (max. 36 persons of HKTour)

Registration: From now till on 05/01/2017, first-come first-serviced. ( Registration Form )

Charge: Transportation HK - MO, lunch and insurance included

  • Individual: MOP350.00 (Communications Museum + Hong Kong Tour)
  • Group of 2 persons: MOP680.00/group (HKTour, participant + 1 family member or friend aged 16 or above)
  • Group of 3 persons: MOP1,000.00/group (HKTour, participant + 2 family members or friends, one of them must be an adult)
Day 1 Destination Temporary Itinerary
14:00 Communications Museum Assembly and roll call
14:15 - 16:30 Guided visit, games and handicraft.
16:30 - 17:30 Free visit in other galleries
17:30 End of activity. Participants will be picked up by parents or go home by themselves.
Day 2
08:30 - 09:00 Macao Maritime Ferry Terminal Assembly. Pass through customs and go on board the ferry.
09:00 - 10:00 Ferry to Shuen Wan, Hong Kong.
10:00 - 10:45 Ferry Terminal at Sheun Wan Pass through customs.
10:45 - 11:30 Take tour bus to Post Office at Stanley.
11:30 - 13:30 Stanley Visit Post Office at Stanley and surrounding areas, lunch.
13:30 - 14:00 Take tour bus to Hong Kong Post Headquarters at Central.
14:00 - 16:30 Central Visit postal gallery in Hong Kong Post Headquarters. Walk to Statute Square to find the special pillar box - No. 239. Take tour bus to ferry terminal at Sheun Wan.
16:30 - 17:00 Ferry Terminal at Sheun Wan Pass through customs and go on board the ferry.
17:00 - 18:00 Ferry to Macao Maritime Ferry Terminal.
18:00 Macao Maritime Ferry Terminal End of activity. Participants will be picked up by parents or go home by themselves.