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The crew had the privilege of visiting the MINT Museum of Toys a couple of weeks ago. We’ve been interested in the place for a while, so when we heard that the museum had collaborated with local illustrator MessyMsxi on an exhibition, we thought it would be a good time to check out the place. (We’re giving away passes to the museum as well, scroll to the bottom to find out more!)
The museum spans 5 floors (not including the Mr Punch restaurant in the basement and the Winebar on the roof!) of a narrow shophouse, and was designed from scratch specifically to exhibit these toys. All 50,000 over toys that are held under the curatorship of the museum belong to a single Singaporean collector. The collection is so extensive, that the MINT museum is only able to exhibit 10% of his total collection at any one point!
Mandylyn Bow, Assistant Marketing Manager at the museum was kind enough to give us a tour of the place and of the new German penny toys exhibition they’d just launched.
Growing up with Enid Blyton, I ALWAYS wanted a golliwog as a child (I also used to talk to my toys and apologize to them, thanks Enid.), but no one in Singapore and none of my classmates ever knew what I was talking about.
Now this is the toy in the museum with the highest estimated valuation. While stated at $35,000USD, Mandylyn shared with us that a similar piece had just been sold at a far higher price at a recent auction, and it wasn’t even as mint as the one the MINT museum (no pun intended) possesses.
The new exhibition that the museum has recently installed showcases a series of German penny toys from the 1930s, and as part of the exhibition, engaged local illustrator Tan Zixi (who goes by her illustrator moniker MessyMsxi). Zixi, who graduated from Central Saint Martins London in 2009, designed a series of stunningly beautiful, hand-drawn 3D-popup backdrops to accompany the penny toys. The illustrated backdrops really bring to life the worlds that these toys must’ve created in the minds of children.
If you’ve time over the weekend, need somewhere new to go for a date or just haven’t been there yet, it’s probably a good idea to check out the MINT Museum of Toys.
In fact, why don’t we just send you there? 😀
We have five pairs of entrance passes (worth SGD$30) to give away to 5 RediscoverSG readers (kindly sponsored by the MINT Museum). All you have to do is fill in the form below and answer a very simple question:
What does MINT in MINT Museum stand for?
Send us your answers by 18 June 2011 (Saturday) and 5 lucky readers will be chosen at random (we’ll put all your names into a hat if we have to) to win a pair of MINT Museum passes!
(This giveaway has ended!)
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