MINT Museum of Toys (and a giveaway!)


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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!)

MINT Museum Singapore

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.

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Daleks for all the Doc­tor Who fans out there. 🙂

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Tin Tin hand pup­pets!

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The Muse­um also hous­es a large col­lec­tion of Bea­t­les mem­o­ra­bil­ia.

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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.

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This is prob­a­bly one of the first few toys ever made in Sin­ga­pore, a chef doll for a local hotel.

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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.

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The old­est toy in the muse­um! (I thought the con­cept of rolling peo­ple down the stairs was slight­ly mor­bid though the design was def­i­nite­ly cre­ative­ly intel­li­gent.)

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.

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Tan Zixi (MessyM­sxi) pos­ing with her work.

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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!)

For more pho­tos, vis­it our Flickr page.


2 Comments

  • Veron

    June 15, 2011

    A friend of mine went to the muse­um a few years back and wrote about his expe­ri­ence at http://eggyolk.blogspot.com/2008/05/last-week-on-sunday-i-needed-some-peace.html . It’s a lit­tle on the neg­a­tive side, albeit still a hilar­i­ous read. You def­i­nite­ly have bet­ter pho­tos and a more bal­anced view.

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  • James Lee

    August 6, 2011

    hi, i was won­der­ing if there was any for­eign influ­ences in the toys or struc­ture of the build­ing etc. Can you tell me more? Thanks.

    Reply

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