We decided to visit the MINT Museum of Toys after knowing there is an exhibit dedicated to Robot Toys. The museum houses a world-class collection of vintage toys and collectible items in an international award-winning contemporary building on 26 Seah Street. If not for my nephew’s sharp eyes, we could have missed the entrance as I have mistaken the place for a pub!
The museum is founded by a private collector in 2007 as the first museum in the world known to be purpose-built for toys. According to the museum, it still remains the only one.
The collections are segregated into 5 levels and we were recommended to start from the highest level.
Roof-top – Enamel Sign Gallery
Other than having a restaurant, the roof-top also functions as a mini gallery for numerous enamel signs.
Level 5 – Outerspace
We saw huge collections of robots, astronauts and spaceships. There is also a little corner dedicated to writing our thoughts on what we foresee will occupy the sky for decades to come. My nephew said jet pack will be a common form of transportation by then.
Level 4 – Characters
On level 4, we found familiar characters like Mickey Mouse, Batman and Popeye. Popeye is apparently still well-known to children these days. My nephew and son have watched his cartoons before and said it was really funny.
Level 3 – Childhood Favourites
This is where toys favoured by children in the East and West are displayed. Other than Mickey Mouse, the children didn’t recognize any other characters there.
Level 2 – Collectibles
Level 2 displays toys from the UK, Netherlands, Austria, Chile, India, and Singapore. The same toy can be recreated in different forms by different cultures.
There is another Enamel Sign Gallery at the basement which also functions as another restaurant.
Getting to the MINT Museum of Toys
You can reach the museum from City Hall MRT. It is located just along Seah Street, opposite of Raffles Hotel.
Tickets for an adult is $15 and $7.50 per child. Click here to purchase tickets online.
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