THE PUBLIC GALLERY
“A VERSATILE YET UNCONVENTIONAL GALLERY SPACE THAT WELCOME COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN ARTISTS AND CURATORS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS
VINTAGE ENAMEL SIGNS
Enamel signs emerged in the mid-1800s as a form of advertisement for food, household items, petrol and a variety of services in the United Kingdom. Signs were constructed out of vitreous enamel, involving a process where coloured glass was fused to iron plates. Enamel signs were often displayed outdoors, using catchy slogans and vivid colours to attract customers; this led them to be known as “street jewellery”. Stores in the 1800s were often highly specialised, and relied heavily on enamel signs to not just inform shoppers about specific products for purchase, but also to act as an effective branding tool to set their wares apart from similar products. Due to advancements in printing in the 20th century, enamel signs were gradually replaced by cheaper advertising hoardings, and virtually disappeared by the 1950s.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
This collection traces how vintage enamel signs document the many facets of everyday life for middle-class consumers between the 1800s to the mid-1900s. Two collections – Tasks at Home and Infant Care – investigate the domestic lives of women, while the Delicacies of the Middle Class collection offers a rare look at historic 19th century chocolate manufacturers. Or, discover the leisure activities of working and middle-class folk through the Industrial Alehouses and Travel and Transportation collections – which explore industrial drinking culture and innovations to transportation respectively.
DISCOVER 1800S CONSUMER LIFE IN AR
Allow The Public Gallery’s wacky host, Mr Punch to introduce you some of the museum’s featured vintage enamel advertising signs reflecting mid-1800s consumer life in action!
BUILT THOUGHTFULLY AS A HYBRID BETWEEN AN URBAN VENUE AND EVENT SPACE AND AN INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION GALLERY, THE PUBLIC GALLERY AIMS TO BUILD A COMMUNITY OF CREATIVES WHO DARE TO DEFY CONVENTION IN THEIR ARTISTIC PRACTICE, AND KNOW HOW NOT TO TAKE THEMSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY WITH A DRINK IN THEIR HAND.
Canvas Paintings by the Visually Handicapped
Singapore Association of Visually Handicapped (SAVH)
This inspiring showcase will feature a diverse range of artworks, including paintings, and art pieces, all created by artists who have overcome their visual limitations to produce stunning and evocative works of art.
NIGHT PREVIEW OF THE MUSEUM WITH DRINKS
Discover featured exhibitions including Vintage Enamel Signs at Level R (Rooftop) and 5 Stairwell collections such as Vintage Decorative Tins, Birth of Astro Boy, Spooky Horror, Bedtime Stories and Beatles Memorabilia between 730pm – 1030pm from this Night Preview of the Museum experience!
Please note the above exhibitions is only a fraction of the museum’s collections. Permanent galleries on Level 5,4,3,2 is not opened during Night at the Museum. You are recommended to download the MINT Museum of Toys app ahead of your visit for scanning of AR touchpoints!
ENJOY A BEER AT ONE OF THE MUSEUM BARS!
A listening bistro with high-end audio equipment, where patrons listen to vinyl records, carefully curated by a bartender, from a record library behind the bar.
HEAVEN @ SEAH STREET
A rooftop bar and lounge located at the highest floor of the museum, overlooking iconic landmarks of Singapore include Raffles Hotel, Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade. The perfect hideout for after-work drinks and merry conversations.