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Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Side-Trip at the MINT Toy Museum!

11.27.2010 - Last year during my first trip to Singapore I didn't commute from Bencoleen Hotel, where I stayed. I usually walk all to the Suntec International Convention Centre, which is the current venue of this year's Singapore, Toys, Games, and Comic Convention.

Mint stands for Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys.

At first the word "MINT" didn't mean anything, but when I looked back it does make sense how awesome this place can be the world's first purpose-built museum for toys.
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I've heard about the MINT Toy Museum previously from a friend, but was unaware about its current location until I took a different route going to Suntec on foot. There along the Seah Street near Raffles Hotel the museum was located.

During the time I was doing a coverage for STGCC 2009 I would take a side trip to visit some places in Singapore, since this was my first time to travel to this wonderful country.

Though I never had the grandest time touring this magnificent due to that most of my time was at the Suntec Internation Convention Center. A friend used to be based there had a hectic schedule to bring me to places I had on my list. Evidently we mostly hang out at STGCC up until my last day. The only place I was going back and forth from Suntec to my hotel is passing though Seah Street.

Due to the limited time that was an overwhelming experience going to Singapore.The only side trip aside from doing a coverage for STGCC is the Mint Toy Museum. There was one promo in the STGCC 2009, that I only paid the entrance for half the price.

When the opportunity came for me to visit the museum, I went there early in the day prior to going to my second day covering STGCC. At the ground floor you'd be quite ecstatic being a toy collector seeing the vintage sample displays they had.

This was on a regular day when I went and it was indeed a sureal experience seeing exquisitely displayed a world class collection of over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia dating back from the mid-19th century to mid-twentieth century and thematically exhibited over four levels and namely Outerspace (Level 5); Characters (Level 4); Childhood Favourites (Level 3) and Collectibles (Level 2). They have a lift that will take you to Level 5, where there's a phrase "Whoever has the most toys when he dies wins." in the wall.

No visit is complete without shopping at the Mint Shop located at Level 1. From exclusive Mint souvenirs, vintage toys, to nostalgic memorabilia, there's something for everyone you might take home.

They also have an in-house Mint Cafe located at the basement (Level), where i had my lunch before proceeding back to STGCC 2009.

The Min Toy Museum is not just a museum of toys, but also a place of art with unique graphiti of toy art painted in the wall. Its a great place to appreciate one collection that you'll never see anywhere. It was awesome to be there and hoping someday I might drop by and see it again.

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