MINT - Museum of Toys

M March 20, 2012
 
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More like a toy store than a museum...
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Service 
 
4.0
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2.0
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3.0
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3.0
I purchased vouchers from Groupon to visit the MINT Museum of Toys earlier this year. I went on a Saturday afternoon, and this being my first visit, I was highly anticipating it. When I found the building, I was slightly disappointed. It was a situated in a nondescript row of eateries. Imagine that, a museum situated right next door to a chicken rice restaurant!

The staff were courteous enough, and we made our way from the top floor downwards. The toys floor are defined by the era they came from. Literally thousands of toys lined all the display cases! But the downside of it was that the displayed toys all look so cramped up. Coupled with narrow walkways and a mid-sized crowd, it was a challenge to navigate our way through the exhibits.

We were done rather fast, and as we exited the museum, we stopped by the gift shop which was laden with toys and playthings of yesteryear. the whole experience was not really what I expected, but it was something to satisfy my anticipation at least.
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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
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boring and pricey
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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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Revisiting your childhood
(Updated: May 22, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
2.0
Enjoyment 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.5
Located at Seah Street and all the way inside a bar called “Mr Punch” is a sweet and cosy place filled with all your toys from your childhood. Batman, Tintin, Ultraman and Astroboy, to name a few, are all featured in this five level toys museum called MINT. These toys from the past seem to come alive before toys lovers and their history is written and displayed in nicely-done-up posters and glass cabinets. If you are hungry after all the viewing of toys you can have a drink up at Mr Punch wine bar or have a plate of potato wedges at the restaurant below.

However, as i am not a toys person nor do i enjoy visiting museums, i do not find MINT toys museum as interesting or as wonderful as my friends who brought me there. It is located at a very secluded place and you would have to walk rather long from the MRT to reach the museum. Upon reaching there, you still have to pay a price of $12 or more as admission fee. I do not find it worth my money. After walking around the five levels for about 15 minutes i feel bored and restless already.

MINT toys museum is not a place where you can visit frequently and still not get bored of it. After the first time i went, i do not want to go back there again. Therefore, MINT toys museum is only a place for avid toys lovers and people who want to reminisce their childhood.
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