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MINT Museum of Toys houses a world-class collection of vintage toys and collectable items in an international award-winning contemporary building on 26 Seah Street.
Since its inauguration, the museum has expanded its collection, amassing over 50,000 items, 8000 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 1970s. These are displayed across the rooftop, basement and 4 thematic levels of the museum: Outerspace, Characters, Childhood Favourites and Collectables.
The collection is made up of various key collections, including Batman, Dan Dare, Japanese character and space-related toys, and collectables. In addition to toys, the museum houses a collection of confectionary vintage tin boxes, large-item displays, such as Mobo horses and 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, MINT Museum of Toys serves diverse and expanding audiences, including tourists, families, collectors, artists and students. It continues to fascinate and inspire the imaginations of audiences, taking them to on a journey of rediscovery to rekindle that Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys (MINT).
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.
When Mr Chang founded MINT Museum of Toys in 2007, it was the first museum in the world known to be purpose-built for toys, and to date, it remains to be the only one. MINT 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 conceptualized to be a space that would provide visitors with a holistic experience. In 2007, the retail space, MINT Shop, and the 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 serving modern European cuisine. The name took inspiration from the museum’s collection of Punch & Judy puppets. The space doubles also as an enamel sign gallery.
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.
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