Take a walk through the heart of Singapore’s city centre and you’ll stumble across a mini museum featuring something truly unique: a collection of over 8,500 valuable vintage toys and collectibles! The MINT Museum of Toys first opened its doors in 2007, and was envisioned by founder and avid toy collector Mr Chang Yang Fa as a space for visitors to reminisce about their childhood through both familiar and new toys from over 40 countries.
Apart from showcasing interesting vintage toys – some of which date back to the 1840s! – the Museum also provides Singaporeans with an opportunity to learn about the world through the lens of toys by hosting creative and collaborative pop-up events. Their Guerrilla events are open to any creatives interested in celebrating the unique local culture of Singapore, as well as shining a light on the intriguing world of vintage toys and collectibles.
Get in touch with the museum for more information about their venue rental options, or keep reading to find out more about some of their previous Guerrilla pop-up events:
1. Back in 公 Kong’s time
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In 2018, the Museum held the ‘Back in 公 Kong’s time’ pop-up event in collaboration with SG/MY Advertising Collectors Forum, a group of vintage collectibles enthusiasts. The event gave Singaporeans a chance to dive into traditional ‘kampong’ nostalgia with memorabilia from the 1930s to 1960s, featuring toys, collectables, and nostalgic old-school local delights. Not only did this give collectors a chance to show off their hard-found collectibles and rarities, but visitors could learn valuable lessons about an era of Singapore different from the fast-paced modern city of today.
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Members of the Forum showed off their personal tin can collectibles including vintage tin cans from brands such as Milo and Milkmaid, allowing visitors to marvel at just how much things have changed (as well as stayed the same). Organisers also shared the stories behind each piece, and visitors dined on a special 公 Kong’s dinner set packed into a vintage-style mini three-tiered tiffin carrier!
2. The Adventures Of Tintin: The Hunt For The Rare Toy
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Eager to host your own pop-up event but don’t have a collection of your own to showcase? Don’t worry because you can make use of the Museum’s own expansive vintage toy collection instead! The ‘The Adventures Of Tintin: The Hunt For The Rare Toy’ pop-up revolved around the Museum’s authentic Tintin collectibles and the stories behind them. Visitors dove into the Tintin stories behind four featured toys and learnt a little more about this beloved comic book character. Participants even ended the night with a fun trivia quiz about Tintin and his friends!
With shelves full of Steiff bears, pre-World War II robots, Looney Tunes collectibles and more at your disposal, just imagine how exciting your corporate events or private parties could be! Get in touch with us today to find out how you can organise your own ‘treasure hunt’ or trivia game night at our Museum.
3. Nostalgic Singapore Toys: Your Childhood and Mine
Keep your eyes peeled for limited-time special exhibitions too. The ‘Nostalgic Singapore Toys: Your Childhood and Mine’ pop-up event was organised in 2018 to celebrate National Day, where museumgoers could try their hand at old and familiar childhood games as well as check out vintage toys made in Singapore. The event wasn’t just a showcase of toys such as chapteh or five stones but had interactive game booths that visitors could engage with too. The sky’s the limit when you’re at the MINT Museum of Toys – where the whole family can play and have fun together!
Experience exciting pop-up events at the MINT Museum of Toys
Whether you’re a creative person trying to showcase your interests or just looking for a new place to hold your corporate excursion, reach out to us to find out how you can hold your own unique and unforgettable pop-up event at the MINT Museum of Toys. Our event spaces are all available for private venue rentals and booking, so enquire with us today about opportunities to experience the wondrous world of vintage toys and collectibles.