The Museum of Shanghai Toys – Singaporean Childhood Exhibition

Today was the last day for the International Museum Day 2007. Having been to the Red Dot Design Museum yesterday with my sister, I was keen to see the Singaporean Childhood Exhibition at the Museum of Shanghai Toys.

Overview of the display - Museum of shanghai Toys

I’m surprised that I didn’t know of the place earlier as it is along the stretch of road of Little India, which is one of my favourite haunts. But Rowley Road is quite a distance from the train station if one is going on foot. Luckily for me, I had my precious scooter.

Mascot Toys - Museum of shanghai Toys

I paid for the ticket. It was $5 if you could show the lady at the counter your Singaporean ATM card, else, entry for adults is $8. I went up the steep steps of the old shophouse.

The exhibition focused on toys from the 50’s to the 70’s and I was thoroughly fascinated by the amount of toys there and the history that came with it.

Did you know that in ancient China, dolls were used as charms to be buried with the dead? Thats why when Europe, the largest manufacturer of dolls during the time started to export them to China, many of them were too afraid of it.

First dolls - Museum of shanghai Toys

I really liked looking at the toys, some really super cool :

Woah its Godzilla man! - Museum of shanghai Toys

Rawr! Godzilla!

I had a doll like this once - Museum of shanghai Toys

I used to have a doll just exactly like that one in Red

But there were also some freaky ones :

Freaky - Museum of shanghai Toys

Wierd - Museum of shanghai Toys

And there were those which were just plain insane!

Uhm ... I feel like I'm violating Batman - Museum of shanghai Toys

But it was all good. It was humorous and showed the innocence of toys during the era. I enjoyed the exhibition and there were plenty of toys that made me feel nostalgia. It was amazing to find many of toys here which I have played with as a child.

Tikam - Museum of shanghai Toys

Which kid in the 80’s dont remember these colourful animals? We used these shapes to play Tikam.

Singapore Toys - Museum of shanghai Toys

I even remember the black toy on the left where you can shoot aliens with. All the toys in the picture above were made in Singapore.

And now that I looked at the exhibition, I realise that I could possibly have had a vintage toy with me.

Bear - Museum of shanghai Toys

I used to hava a toy bear with the exact cloth logo by its side. Too bad my bear got so worn out that it was thrown away 🙁

Guestbook- Museum of shanghai Toys

I was almost sorry to have to leave the museum. It was really nice to be surrounded by so much toys. Such a lovely place. Do go if you have the time. Then you could treat yourself to some yummilicious food at Little India afterwards! 🙂

16 Replies to “The Museum of Shanghai Toys – Singaporean Childhood Exhibition”

  1. Gosh. What great exhibits.

    And to think my office is like 2 mins away from Red Dot. And I missed this!!! Bahh!

    Hope you don’t mind but i place a link for your terrific blogariffic. 🙂

  2. oooh… looks interesting!

    i shld really do the singaporean touristy thing myself – there are so many places of interest in spore that i’ve never been to myself. and so i get totally flabbergasted when a non-local friend/colleague asks me to bring them ard, cos i usu have no idea wat to recc. 🙁

  3. Edroos

    You work near the red dot museum? Cool! Not sure if the exhibition will still be there since the Museum festival is over. The toy museum is located at little india though. For both of the exhibits, I wish it were more hands on. I’d like to try and touch everthing 🙂 Hehehe


    Really brings memories doesnt it? Gosh! I wish I still had my toys with me! It must be worth a small fortune now. Erg!!!

    Snack Monster

    I enjoyed it alot. It really brings alot of nostalgia when looking back at the toys. Seriously there are quite a number of toys which I can recognize during my childhood days.

    Go go … and take your time looking at each exhibit. I think you’ll like the place 🙂

Comments are closed.