The Children Little Museum is a treasure trove of carefully preserved playthings from a bygone era. Formerly located at Bussorah Street in front of Sultan Mosque, the quaint private museum can nowadays be found along Aliwal Street.
The Children Little Museum is chockfull of toys and memorabilia from a bygone era. It is a throwback to the 1950 and 1960s, with displays brought over from its previous location.
Children Little Museum: A Collection of Memories
The one-storey museum is much smaller than it was previously when it was at Bussorah Street. However, that also means that there is so much to see wherever you look. And there are no longer admission fees to the museum (and it was only $2 in the past anyway). Instead, you can step inside and simply have a look around.
The museum is managed by friendly Mr Ang; be sure to say “hello” to him.
By the entrance, you can find a mish-mash of nostalgic items and memorabilia. These range from ceramic tiles to plastic sharpeners to playable toys like a Chinese chess set and skipping rope. Nostalgic lamps, including one with silent movie icon Charlie Chaplin, make it feel like an antique shop of wonders.
Indeed, old rotary dial telephones set on the wooden and numerous antique clocks add to to illusion of time travel.
Toys from the Past
At the far end of the room, proudly displayed within a glass cabinet are toys from the past. Two rows of robots stand at attention in the Tin Toys section. Dozens of small items seemt to invite visitors to take a closer look.
In another section of the cabinet are plastic toys. Many, of not all, would be unfamiliar to today’s generation but you can imagine how much joy they must have brought to kids of the past.
Indeed, the Children Little Museum is a bit of time capsule, preserving memories of childhoods past.
While it is rather small, it does leave you with a sense that you have stumbled across a hidden gem preserved in time.
Visiting Children Little Museum
Children Little Museum is located at 57 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199933.
If you are interested in more places where you can pick up retro and vintage collectibles in Singapore, including a modern restaurant where you can dine and shop for them at the same time, do read our story here.
Here are some pictures of Children Little Museum when it was formerly at Bussorah Street. These were taken back in October 2012.