Sunday, August 24, 2014

MINT Museum of Toys

Visited MINT Museum of Toys this afternoon. MINT stands for Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys. It's said to be the first purpose-built museum for toys, one of the largest in Southeast Asia.

Located in Seah Street, behind Raffles Hotel, it has no distinct sign on its building. There is a big street sign at North Bridge Road though, and we easily spotted it as we knew there's a restaurant called Mr. Punch occupying the first level.

The museum has a collection of over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys that originates from 40 countries or more. The toys are arranged neatly on shelves according to theme. We started the tour from the top-most level and continue downwards. The themes are: Outerspace, Characters, Childhood Favourites, and Collectables. Level 1 houses the restaurant and also a small shop selling souvenirs and memorabilia.

All in all, the toy collections are impressive. I agree with the reviews circulating out there, it is more suitable for adults who enjoy toys. For kids it would be boring as they can not touch, let alone play with the them.

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