MINT - Museum of Toys

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Toys and toys and all sort of toys!
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
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3.5
Toys, toys and more toys!

MINT is located at Seah Street and the museum itself is quite well-hidden. My friend and I took quite a long time to find it and realise that the MINT is actually located inside a bar (Mr Punch)! We managed to get our admission tickets at a cheaper price (for students) and if I am not wrong, it should be $12.

There are altogether five stories in the MINT. Every floor is pretty small but every floor has its unique category of toys (for example, teddybears). I did enjoy my time there for I got to see to alot of different ancient toys and posters. Some of these are superheros posters from the past, toys such as batman, astroboy and even Tintin!!! From girly toys to boys' toys! It was quite an eye opener especially for those who are interested to know about the history of toys. What I like most about MINT is that there would be a printed text of the history of toys before you move from one storey to the next.

The museum is everything about toys and I feel that even if you are not a crazy lover of toys, there is no harm paying $14(?!) to enter the museum as this place presents a very unique side of history.

If humans and artefacts can have their fair share of history displayed in various museums with many people constantly viewing, I am sure forgotten toys too can have their share of visitors for afterall, who could deny toys have not been a huge part of their childhood? :)

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Average Spent Per Person:
12
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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Childhood Fantasies
Overall Experience 
 
4.5
Ever wanted to complete collection of teddy bears, or the biggest Tintin statue your mind could dream of. This place offers a collection of your very own childhood fantasies, from immaculate collections of toy sport cars, laid out neatly in precise spacing or the entire teddy bear collection lining the walls of a staircase as you’re walking up. You are definitely bound to get caught up in the excitement that the place exudes. I have been there several times, and on one occasion I saw a couple getting their wedding pictures taken there! On another occasion there, we were celebrating a friend’s birthday and we surprised her on the staircase, where the teddy bears were. The museum itself may not be big, however despite its small size it packs a punch. I have nothing but fond memories of this place, as the emotional content and lingering sense of fun invites you to step back into a world where dreams are possible and fairies and golliwogs are real.
HJ
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too cool for school
(Updated: August 08, 2012)
Overall Experience 
 
4.5
An unconventional 5-storey toy museum located near Bugis, MINT is a perfect place to visit no matter who or how old you. Filled with toys from childhood, toys from movies, toys from cartoons, toys from countries all over the world...you're sure to be filled with nostalgia.

Expect a wide variety of toys - from Mickey Mouse to China figurines to Astroboy to Tintin. They can be made from tin, cloth, wood, paper, plastic, etc. but are all united in the fact that they were crafted to bring joy and fun to children.

This is a haven for collectors and is sure to evoke child-like wonderment in people. Although small, it showcases rare toys dating back decades ago. It helps one get to know about other cultures and they even sell traditional toys such as kutikuti, chapteh and tops as souvenirs!

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definitely worth the trip
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4.5
Personally, I ain’t really a fan of museums; I find them the most boring places on earth. However, the MINT museum is one such museum that makes me think twice about brushing off the idea of visiting a museum.

It is a really tiny and quaint museum; and within vicinity of Bras Basah! In fact, I think you might just walk past it and miss it if you are not on a lookout for it. I find its interior décor quite unique, though I must say its display of toy collection is a little eccentric.

The last time I visited the museum, the toys were displayed on shelves arranged consecutively after each other; and this made them look pretty squeezed and short of space. It was not as spaced out as those you would normally see in ordinary museums.

However, I believe that will not bother you very much because I believe the uniqueness of the toys alone will be enough to distract your attention away from the cluttered arrangement.

I believe this will bring back strong feelings of nostalgia and sentimental thoughts for those born in the 1990s and before; the younger generation no longer play with toys, they play with iPads. It will probably be a more fruitful trip than those of the later generation. It is definitely worth a visit; it has wide collection of vintage toys!

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JL
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A reminder of a time when fun was what we made it
(Updated: April 02, 2013)
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3.5
Service 
 
4.0
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3.5
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
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3.5
What a pleasant place. Those of use ‘of a certain age’ appreciate the chance to relieve our childhood. Three floors of toys. Three floors of nostalgia. Of course the term interactive meant nothing to those of us who played with these toys back then. We created our own worlds through our toys. The toys did not dictate how we should lay, as seems to be the case today.

Mind you, the fact that one cannot feel and touch is a bit disappointing, but hey, these are a wonderful and in many cases rare collection. I would love to go there with a child bought up in the IT age of computer games and see the reaction. Perhaps there would be puzzlement.

I look at the old dinky toys and die cast trucks and wonders made out of what now looks like flimsy tin and I smile. The blurb tells you there that the collection has over 50,000 toys some over a century old.

I saw one piece which had a tag which claimed that its value was almost $15,000. What ever happened to my Batcar, my Little Yellow School Bus, my Triang Train, my Matchbox cars and so on?

It's and interesting enough place, particularly if you are a little older. Perhaps a little pricey, but of you are over 60 you can get a discount. And remember, you look at things behind cages. No touchy feely here.
LT
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boring and pricey
Overall Experience 
 
2.5
Mint Museum of Toys is located within the city area, somewhere in between City Hall and Bras Basah. You might have walked past this place and missed it because it is rather small and not as publicized as the other attractions in Singapore. Im not sure how much it costs for individuals to enter but I once happened to visit this place on a learning tour with my college mates and it cost me $14.

The museum is divided into many sections according to the kind of toys and the era they belong to. Each floor has a theme to it, which the museum guide will nicely explain to you. He will give you an insight into the history behind the toys and it helps if you have some prior general knowledge in order to appreciate fully the value of these toys.

Personally, i found the place rather boring and depressing. The museum is really tiny and I can see why. We were the only ones there and I think the fact that it is not so popular can be attributed to the unreasonable admission rates. Maybe $6 would have been more appropriate.

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Retro toy museum
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2.5
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
2.5
Enjoyment 
 
2.5
Overall Experience 
 
2.5
Before you stepped into this time capsule building, stand on the opposite side of the building and look up to the building. The reason I say to do so is the architecture astounded me when I first went there. It is suspended from the top, vastly different from the conventional idea of being supported by the earth. It is still supported by the ground per say, as it is hung from the top by the pillars. This amazing building teaches me that not only do one have to look at the quality of the services inside to be pampered, but the simplicity of overcoming the conventional was definitely a thumbs up.

The place could use a lot of better designing concept. Same old plain walls hanging different posters of the toys used in the past plastered the wall. I personally think that since it is such a fun place by its marketing idea, I think they should step up more on the decor.

The ticket was no special, typical as usual things in singapore. I went on my way up to the top so I would have the laziness working downwards instead of upwards. The first few floors were mind-boggling, seeing exactly how toys were in the past and how much intricacy there is even with a lack of good materials to use. They also include toys from Singapore Kampung days where you have blown up paper ball and gasing, a malay kampung top spun by wound up strings on the wooden top itself. The details of preservation also suprised me to see that they have kept so many great toy invention in my opinion in either mint condition or good condition.

However, the further down I walked, the lack of interest appear more and more prominent on my face. The toys had paint peeling off and some were simply so bad in condition I did not deem it as museum keepsake anymore. Scold me if you wish for finding historical toys which fascinated kids in the past and that it is a museum and it is part of their job to find and maintain the original and worn out integrity of the toys. I know for a fact that people could donate to the museum and that is why I find that they could find better pieces of the same toy to sort of "upgrade" the quality and give viewers a better peek into toys of the age.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Best part:
The architecture
Location:
Bras Basah
Recommend to a friend:
No
DE
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Interesting Idea But Boring Experience
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Value 
 
2.5
Enjoyment 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
The MINT Museum of Toys is pretty special because it caters specifically to just toys, unlike the Singapore Arts Museum or National Museum. It is really easy to get to as it is located near Raffles City and you can easily walk there from City Hall MRT Station.

The museum is rather small since it is such a niche area. Unlike other museums which have large galleries and with the displays spaced out, this museum is more like a personal collection. The displays are cramped with many different toys, barely spaced out in glass containers. There isn't much space to walk either, it's like going into a rather cramped toy shop. Because of the display style it is very difficult to 'take your time' and appreciate the displays like I like to do when going to other museums. I guess it can be described as sensory overload; there are too many things to look at and you can't really take in everything at one time, so you just glance and move on.

There are many different kinds of toys on displays though. These include the 'golliwog' which is a special kind of rag doll. I used to read about them in Enid Blyton books but didnt manage to actually see what one looked like until I spotted it in the museum. There is also a section for toys specific to the Singapore culture, which may be interesting and will bring back memories for many. Other than that, the nostalgic quotient of many of the toys were completely lost on me because I had never seen or heard of them before. I guess toys aren't really my cup of tea as well. If you are an enthusiast though, I'm very sure that you will have a better time there than me.

The very top of the museum has a restaurant where you may want to have a meal, although I did not because it seems rather pricey. The ground floor of the museum also has a store selling various odds and ends including toys that Singaporean Children generally play with (the self assembled styrofoam airplanes and paper ball that you can blow up are some examples) although I believe that you can get the same thing for a much cheaper price at a convenience store in the housing estates.

The MINT Museum is an interesting idea, but the experience of going there itself was rather bland and boring. If you are not that interested in toys, the entrance fee would definitely be a waste of money.
K
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The one and only toy museum
Overall Experience 
 
4.5
The Mint Museum of Toys actually stands for Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys. I t is known to be the first ever museum specifically built for none other than toys! The museum has an extensive collection of vintage toys, including rare and unique toys! People who visit this place have more than 50,000 pieces of toys to look out. This would certainly ensure that people can remember their childhood memories. The toys include Disneyana toys and memorabilia. There are Character toys such as Astroboy, Batman, Bonzo, Dan Dare, Popeye and many more to be discovered. But one important thing to note when photographing here is that no flash is allowed. This is to prevent the flashlight from degrading the colour of the precious toys. It is understood that more than half of the collection found in the Museum preserve national heritage. The Mr Punch Restaurant and wine bar offered me a memorable experience among the display of vintage enamel signs, bringing us back to the lovely old days. Also you must head down to the basement for a cosy and intimate ambience. People can also head to the mesmerising view of the city skyline at the rooftop wine bar. Anyone who enters this place will be mesmerised by the beautiful collection of these beautiful toys.
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Nostalgia strikes!!!
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.5
Enjoyment 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.5
One of my favorite places to visit and to introduce my friends to.

It is not one of the most location-friendly museums around but trust me, the effort is worth it. The collection in the museum is simply massive and every item you set your eyes on definitely reminds you of something. Of course, being just a young adult, there are some toys and items that I have no connection with, but it's always fun to know about its existence! I do not have a particular favorite! Can everything be my favorite? The atmosphere, the variation and everything about it is worth going back for again. My attention is constantly captured. There will not be a second of boredom in this place.

I visited the museum on a weekday afternoon and it was relatively empty. It is not that well-known as compared to the other big and popular museums. It is definitely worth going back to. The toys are certain to ignite memories of the past and engulf you with a sense of nostalgia.

The toys are placed in glass cabinets which allow for clear viewing. There are some that are not in cabinets as well but I would advise you not to touch it as once broken, it cannot be restored back and since these are vintage items, it won't be available for purchase anymore.

Do drop by and take a look!

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