Sunday, December 06, 2009

Uniquely Singapore - Mint Museum

After lunch at the Maxwell food court, headed on down to the Raffles Hotel (which I skipped)

But before that, we went opposite of Raffles Hotel to this place:

It's called the Mint Museum of Toys. It's a museum with a collection of toys. Mint short for Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys, contains a whole lot of range of vintage toys that has been acquired from around the world, mostly toys originating from Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States plus a whole lot more.

Unfortunately I do not have a lot of pictures to show since no flash towards the toys are allowed. And so with my measly compact camera, I only manage lousy shots and here's one of it.

Look at the exhibits of toys! The shelves are designed in such a way that the lights won't directly hit upon the toys but rather the light travels through the shelves in turn bright enough to illuminate up the showcase of toys. This ensures that the toys mint condition and that the colors will not fade through time. Heck, some are even highly flammable which is dangerous to expose to sunlight! You'll never know what kind happen.

Anyway, there are 4 levels of exhibits according to theme. With level 5 being outerspace, level 4 filled with characters like batman and such,level 3 are childhood favorites and level 2 are collectables.
Level 5 - Outerspace has the most newest exhibits of all in the museum with toys like Star Wars, Dan Dare merchandise and whatever that has to do with space.
On level 4 we have the likes of Batman, Popeye and a menagerie display of robots. At the staircase in between levels, there are also interesting displays of Astroboy.
Level 3 has some ugly Mickey Mouse dolls and many dolls like the Golliwogg (even had a pack of Darkie toothpaste! Remembered using those before they changed it to Darlie toothpaste with a white man instead. Even remember seeing the commercials) and teddy bears.
Level two has a unique transparent floor overlooking to the entrance in front of the staircase leading to the cafe.

Great for those who like to sit and eat at the outside area and look up to get an upskirt shot if you're into those things! heheh

From there also you can see the other floors as well and from this floor it also showcase some of the toys which are produced abundantly by various manufacturers due to nobody copyrighting the character.

Also, up at the rooftop, there is a bar there as well.

A closer look at the bar:

And at the basement level below the level 1 Mint shop would be the Mint cafe and restaurant.

The Mint Museum of Toys is open from 9.30am to 6.30pm daily while the cafe opens till 10.30pm. They also do dinner functions if you wanna hold your functions at the Mint Museum but that doesn't mean you can hold wild parties with the expensive antique toys around!

The rate is S$15 per adult and half the price for children and Senior Citizens.

The address is 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382.


Sharinginfoz said...

singgah jap... kalau free singgah le ya