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MINT Museum of Toys houses a world-class collection of vintage toys and collectable items, including vintage posters, confectionery tin boxes, advertising signs and more in an international award-winning contemporary building on 26 Seah Street.

Since its inauguration, the museum has expanded its collection, amassing well over 50,000 items, 8,500 of which are on display in the museum. The toys and items hail from over 40 countries and range in date from the 1840s to 1980s. These are displayed across four thematic levels of the museum (Outerspace, Characters, Childhood Favourites and Collectables), including an enamel sign gallery at the rooftop level which also serves as a bar overlooking the City Centre.

 

 

The collection is made up of various key collections, including the only known complete Batman robot toy, the only Mekon Mask from Dan Dare in existence, a century-old Steiff Teddy Bear, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ Doll owned by Alice Liddell and the first mass-manufactured robot before World War II. In addition to toys, the museum houses a collection of vintage posters, confectionery tin boxes, large-item displays such as Mobo horses, pedal cars as well as original enamel advertising signs. Over the years, these have been incorporated into various exhibitions and programmes run by the museum, serving as windows into the past as well as inspirations for the present.

Today, the museum serves diverse and expanding audiences, including locals, tourists, families, collectors, artists and students. We continue to fascinate and inspire the imaginations of audiences, taking them on a ‘Journey of Rediscovery’ to rekindle that ‘Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys’ (MINT).

OUR HISTORY

The museum began as an idea in the mind of founding CEO,
Mr Chang Yang Fa.

Driven by his passion for design and the arts, Mr Chang, who is an avid toy collector, imagined a space that is devoted to presenting vintage toys and childhood memorabilia – a space where visitors can also rediscover the past and revisit wonderful childhood memories.

The museum began as an idea in the mind of founding CEO,
Mr Chang Yang Fa. As an avid toy collector driven by his passion for design and the arts, he imagined a space that is devoted to presenting vintage toys and childhood memorabilia – a space where visitors can also rediscover the past and revisit wonderful childhood memories.

 

When the MINT Museum of Toys was founded in 2007, it was the first purpose-built museum for toys in the world and to date, it remains the only one. The MINT Museum of Toys was envisioned to be a world-class toy museum, with the objective of reaching out to the child in each and every person. Today, it continues to promote that belief.

The building was also conceptualised to be a space that would provide visitors with a holistic experience. In 2007, the retail space, MINT Shop, and a dining space opened alongside the museum, promoting both the spirit of imagination and nostalgia. Later in 2015, the dining space evolved to become Mr Punch Public House, a gastrobar whose name took inspiration from the museum’s rare and unique collection of Punch & Judy puppets and memorabilia. Today, Mr Punch Public House doubles up as a rooftop bar and enamel sign gallery serving an array of beverages and house-exclusive punches, accompanied by a splendid panoramic view of the City landscape.

OUR BUILDING

Designed by world-renowned firm, SCDA Architects, the building was built specifically to accommodate the collection.

The Facade was designed to exclude external lighting that could potentially damage the exhibits. It is also one of the iconic features of the building; made up of twenty-six glass panels shaped into a wave-like structure, the facade lends fluidity and movement to the building.

Awards

Runner Up in the category of Commercial Building
Cityscape Dubai Architectural Review Awards, 2006

Best New Global Design
Chicago Athenaeum International Architectural Awards, 2007

Winner in the category of the Tourism, Travel and Transport,
Cityscape Dubai Architectural Awards, 2008

OUR TEAM

Chang Yang Fa

CEO

Christopher Ho

General Manager

Ou Ting Ting

Finance & Office Manager

Richard Tan

Curator

Christine chong

Museum education associate

Anna Koh

Marketing Executive

Tanya

Museum Education Executive

Jeque

Operations Supervisor

tammy loh

Digital marketing trainee