I don’t think I have to tell you that I’m a girl who loves things that are different and quirky, I’m pretty sure you know that already. So, it should come as no surprise that when I saw a brochure for the Mint Museum of Toys in Singapore, I just had to go. After all, I’m usually a little childish from time to time. It only makes sense that I would want to look at (and possibly drool over) old toys from around the world.
Mint Museum of Toys is a five storey museum. Once I paid the entrance fee ($15SG for Adults), I was directed to an elevator and instructed to start on the 5th floor. Outer Space. The room was small, but the display of outer space and robotic toys was impressive. There were toys from around the world on display. The displays were not brightly lit. I assume this has something to do with preserving the toys, or perhaps the museums electric bill was too high last month?
Each floor of the museum offered a different theme. Outer Space, Characters, Childhood Memories and so on. When I was finished looking around a room, I would take the stairs down to the next room (I could have taken the elevator, but I decided to use the stairs and attempt to get some exercise). In between floors was a floor to ceiling cabinet filled with even more toys. Sadly enough, I loved standing in the stairwell, starring at a Snow White doll from the 1930’s, teddy bears and old tin cars.
Each floor was a new discovery and a re-acquaintance with childhood memories. It was almost as if I were 7 years old again and watching Saturday morning cartoons (back when they were actually good) or sitting down with my family on a Sunday night to watch the Wonderful World of Disney. Sadly, I actually miss those days. Which probably explains why I get so excited when I see old cartoons on T.V. or hear about a museum of toys which houses dolls, figurines and other childhood memorabilia.
The Mint Museum of Toys is a great was to spend a rainy afternoon. The museum itself can take anywhere from 15 mins to 45 mins to explore, depending on your fascination with old toys from around the world (25 countries to be exact). When you’ve wandered through each floor and end up back at the beginning, there is a small shop with toys and goofy memorabilia for sale. There is also a restaurant called Mr. Punch which is decorated with old tin signs. If you’re on a budget, like I was, eating at Mr. Punch is not the best idea. The food is quite expensive.
The museum was a little dose of spunky with a pinch fun. I enjoyed looking at the toys and snapping a few photos along the way. As I left the museum I started wishing that I had more time in Singapore. I have a feeling that there are a lot more spunky and quirky things to experience there. I guess this means I’ll have to return and explore some more.
*The above photos were taken with my iPhone4 using the Camera+ app and the miniaturize filter.