Mint Museum of Toys, Singapore


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Last Thursday and Friday I accompanied Kelly on a business trip to Singapore. I’d never been before so it was an opportune time to go (with company-paid accommodation) but also because three of my former clients were now working in Singapore, and I managed to organise a lunch for us all while there.

I spent my time taking wandering around and taking photographs at various locations along or near Orchard Road, but a particularly cool location I stumbled across was the Mint Toy Museum. It’s a physically small, but collection-ally large museum of vintage toys. It claims to be the world’s first purpose-built museum for toys, and boats more than 50000 pieces from 40 countries. If you go weak at the knees for vintage toys, and want to clap eyes on some seriously rare pieces — some being the only piece in existence, then this place is for you.

Old tin toys including the classic tin-monkey (and it’s colourful history), Batman & Robin, Tin-Tin, Felix the Cat, Golliwogs (complete with political incorrectness), Superman, Flash Gordon, retro tin robots, Betty Boop, Popeye, Mickey Mouse, airplanes, and Matchbox cars, as well as classic Asian toys and characters were all on display. And these are just the ones I remember.

I’m not super-into vintage toys, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a good way to kill some time before my ex-client meeting.