Toys, Culture, and History

Culture and history are often addressed together as an inseparable pair. But what of the rituals, everyday objects, and fashion that accompany a particular time period?

words lim sharn images courtesy of MINT Museum of Toys

Culture and history are often addressed together as an inseparable pair. But what of the rituals, everyday objects, and fashion that accompany a particular time period? Toys tend to get overlooked at times, perhaps due to their status as objects of play. A local collector is adamant to give toys the recognition they deserve: his remarkable collection, housed within an award-winning 7-storey contemporary building at Seah Street, hopes to rekindle that Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys (MINT).

An engineering consultant, MINT Museum of Toys founder Chang Yang Fa is as passionate about his vast collection as he is selfless about showing it. “To share with the public my personal Collection,” he declares, “and also to showcase to the World that Singapore is capable of having a World-class Museum of Toys.”

Discover more about the world of toys in the May-July2017 issue of little.