Officially opened in 2007, the MINT Museum of Toys, or more formally known as the "Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys" museum, is considered as the world's first purpose-built museum showcasing vintage toys all around the world. This 5-storey establishment displays the private collection of Mr. Chang Yang Fa, an avid collector of various memorabilia and playthings.
|Toys housed inside glass cases|
Over 3,000 pieces of vintage toys and other similar memorabilia are displayed inside special glass cases here; each classified and divided into 4 levels according to specific characteristics.
The best way to go about the tour is to start at the top, starting at the 5th level (Outerspace), home to space-themed toys and collectibles like Dan Dare and Buck Rogers; to the 4th area (Characters) reserved for childhood heroes and other various characters; going down to the 3rd level (Childhood Favourites) where they celebrate various vivid memories from childhoods past; and all the way to level 2 (Collectibles) for a glimpse of highly collectible and valuable pieces.
Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons to visit:
|Caper and Little Audrey tin figures|
|Snoopy and Woodstock plushies|
|Tintin and the gang|
|Old Batman TV series poster (Love this show! Used to watch it everyday during summer break from grade school)|
|Old Felix the Cat dolls|
|Various Disney memorabilia|
|Betty Boop merchandise|
|Vintage Barbie and Ken dolls|
|Matchbox cars (my late tito would have loved to add these to his collection)|
|Old Snakes and Ladders game (Hmmm...doesn't look much different from the current ones...)|
The museum also has a restaurant and winebar aptly named Mr. Punch. Food and drink -- a perfect way to end your tour.
MINT Museum of Toys... simply an educational trip you won't forget anytime soon.
*S$1 = Php33
MINT Museum of Toys
26 Seah Street
T +65 63390660
Planning to visit? Drop by my "Getting Around Singapore" post (click here) for more details on how to get around the Lion City.