MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys
is the world's first purpose-built museum for toys, and opened its door to the public in May 2006. It was officially launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr George Yeo, on 5 March 2007.
Belonging to a Singaporean collector, the private museum showcases an extensive collection of vintage toys, including rare and unique one-of-a-kind pieces. It is considered to be the largest collection of its kind within Southeast Asia, with more than 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia, ranging from the mid-19th century to mid-20th Century.
One of the objectives of the museum is to reach out to the child in every one of us, giving visitors an emotional link to their childhood, one which has often been long forgotten. In addition, a visit to the museum is also a journey of discovery. More than mere playthings, the vintage toys on display reflect interesting international cultural trends and historically accurate events that have taken place over the centuries. Each of them tells a different story that represents the era in which they were made in.
The unique collection valued at over S$5 million originates from more than 40 countries including Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and even Bulgaria. These include Disneyana toys and memorabilia; Character toys such as Astroboy, Batman, and Popeye, Pre-war Japanese toys and Tintin collectables, amongst others. More than half of the collection was found in Singapore and can be regarded as part of Singapore's heritage.
The collection, one of the finest in the world, is housed in an award-winning contemporary five-storey building designed by Singapore architectural firm SCDA Architects. Mint Museum of Toys has clinched 3 international architectural awards including:
Winner for the Tourism, Travel and Transport Category (2008 Cityscape Dubai Architectural Awards),
Runners Up for Commercial Building Category (2006 Cityscape Dubai Architectural Review Awards 2008) and
Best New Global Design (2007 Chicago Athenaeum International Architectural Awards).