MINT - Museum of Toys

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When the adults become the children
(Updated: November 30, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
3.5
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3.5
Overall Experience 
 
3.5
The MINT museum while it is a toy museum, is definitely one for the parents and the old-at-heart than the young. The museum's entrance was rather difficult to spot, given that the entrance looked more like a bar and it was dwarfed by two black umbrellas perched in the front. The prices of the tickets did not come cheap either, with adults having to pay a $15 entrance fee while children's tickets were $7.50. However, I feel that people shouldn't really complain about the ticket costs, given that the MINT museum is a privately-owned museum and relies on ticket sales and support from the public to even continue functioning as an integral part of history.

When I went over today, the museum was undergoing some renovation works in the bar areas, however all the displays were still up and running. Row after rows of different toys, all from eras completely foreign to me, it was overwhelming and mind-blowing at the same time. It was hard to even concentrate on a single display shelf, as it seemed like my attention was constantly being torn between the first vintage toy to the next. As we wandered around the shelves, my dad would occasionally point out some of the old gems he recognised from his childhood, including a top which he remembered receiving as a christmas present. It was amusing as he retold the story of his love for the toy and subsequent indignation when one of his brothers broke it. This shows how the MINT museum is not merely a museum, but a physical representation of the memories and childhood of the people in the past, which makes it even more important to support it.

Sentimentality aside, even as a teenager, I had a hard time relating to these 'golden-era' toys, stacked high up on the shelves. I imagine it would be an even more difficult concept for the younger kids, who'd probably prefer playing with the toys than just looking at them through a glass panelling. There was a mother-son pair browsing the displays on the same level as we were. The son got restless after the first level of toys and started to run around and jump on the bench impatiently. There was a sudden moment of frustration as the mother yelled at the boy: "Look and pay attention! I came here for YOU." It was at that moment when I realised, the MINT museum was never for the kids that parents would drag along around the different displays, it was for the adults - the parents and the grandparents. Those seeking to remember a little bit about their own childhood and the past that had been forgotten with what is the finality of time itself.

The MINT museum is a place where adults can become the children they once were. Even if it were only for that fraction of a moment, when a beautiful smile becomes painted on your face as you recognise the toys you once played with. As that same mother had, when I saw her eyes light up at a particular doll display shelf - it is definitely a place worth checking out - for old time's sake.

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A reminder of a time when fun was what we made it
(Updated: April 02, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
3.5
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
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.
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Toys and toys and all sort of toys!
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3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
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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12
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Everything is just about toys
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.5
Initially, I had no idea that there is such museum of toys called Mint Museum. I happened to see the deals online on Groupon and found there is a good deal for visiting MINT Museum. So, without even knowing where this museum is, I just decided to purchase the deal.

It is located at 26 Seah St Singapore, somewhere nearby Raffles Hotel. A convenient walking distance from CityHall MRT (although initially, I got lost in the middle of nowhere)

The exterior seems too small to be a museum, it is like any other shophouses with 5 storeys.

Upon entering the museum, I passed by a cafe (I believe it is connected to the museum). It was named Mr.Punch. I went in, welcomed by the friendly staffs. After giving them the groupon ticket, I got an admission ticket as the exchange. The admission ticket really looks nice.:) The staff advised me to take the lift and go all the way up to level 5 before going down, back to level 1.

Everything that I saw was impressive. They have everything, from the tins and cans collections, big Darth Maul, Tin tin, and Ultraman figurines.

The feeling just brought you to the old days, where those cartoons were popular.

Each level is differentiated to different categories of toys. So, basically, they have every toys that you wish to see, mostly are those that belong in the olden days.

I would definitely recommend my friends and everyone to visit MINT Museum. It was a great experience overall

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Average Spent Per Person:
7
Best part:
Toys
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