Toys? More toys! Lots of toys! But these toys are relics of the past, some are very old that I think your grandparents may have played it when they were still young while some are so valuable that its even more expensive than my newest Playstation 3 console.
Its officially called MINT, the Museum of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys, which is the first purpose-built museum for toys. Vintage toys are from all over the world such as Germany, Japan, UK, and the USA.
The museum houses a world class collection of over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia dating from the mid-19th century to mid-20th century. It is thematically exhibited over 4 levels: (1) Outerspace -- which contains mostly sci-fi toys; (2) Characters -- which contains famous action figures; (3) Childhood Favourites -- which contains various childhood memorabilias; and (4) Collectables -- which contains collectors items. They also have a souvenir shop as well as cafe. The cafe serve exquisite dessert, and I mean exquisite.
"Whoever has the most toys before he dies, wins." Thats most interesting sentence that I encountered in the museum. I guess that speaks for itself.
I never had so many toys in my lifetime, in fact, my toy collection interest was suppressed when I was a kid. My aunt used to keep all our toys inside a locked cabinet, we can only play it when she wants us to. She doesn't want the toys to be destroyed because it's too "expensive" but whats the reason for playing the toys? All toys will soon worn down and ultimately damaged for good, right? When I got older I finally saw my toys in "very bad condition" and I saw the toys at the museum, it gives me an idea to make a vintage toy museum myself. I'm not kidding, am I?
Would love to create a museum just like that but first I have to collect toys before it's way too late! Perhaps, I would start with freakishly Chuckie-looking ventriloquist doll.
Check out the toys at the Singapore Toy Museum if you want to relive your lost childhood.
MINT Museum Of Toys
26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
+65 6339 0660
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