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Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

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Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

My First Teddy is a yellow Chad Valley 1960s type Teddy Bear.

Alas, he wasn’t an original but a made in China bear that cost $7 in the late 70s. Fully jointed Ted had movable arms and legs. He could sit, stand or walk. Most of the time, as a lazy bear, he would snooze and lie down. To prevent his joints from wearing out, Ted hardly ever sat up.

He wasn’t huggable as bears at that time were a little stiff. He had a lightweight organic kapok fiber filling, a non-degradable material of that era. Kapok is resistant to rot, non- allergic, non-toxic and odorless.

Modern plush bears are made of washable materials selected for softness and huggability.

Ted was my faithful companion for playtime and naptime. We had a great time together and to this day I still miss my Teddy.

Penang’s Teddy Bears Museum 

I often wished that I could visit a place where all the Teddy Bears live and we could have a picnic together.  The museum is located on the ground floor of the newly opened DoubleTree Resort by Hilton in Batu Ferringhi.

TeddyVille Museum covers 9,000 square feet of the ground floor! Yes, the teddies are very much alive and popular judging from the smiles on the happy faces of old and young visitors.

There is an impressive Mini Penang, where miniature bears and sets are dressed to tell the island’s history.  The collection dates back as early as the 1900s and features Malaysia’s first and largest collection of teddy bears from different eras and various nations. The little bears are dressed and placed in small sets to represent the many attractions in Penang.

The bears come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The range is from tiny miniatures even to larger than human-sized! I was bowled over. There were teddies of all size, shape, and Color, all living in harmony in their museum home.

Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

Can I cuddle the Bears?

All the handmade human-sized teddy bears in the museum are made for touching. You can squeeze, cuddle and hug them to your heart’s content as long as you’re not too rough.

Is there a Teddy Bear Song?

“The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” is a song consisting of a melody by American composer John Walter Bratton, written in 1907, and lyrics added by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy in 1932. It remains popular as a children’s song, having been recorded by numerous artists over the decades. Kennedy lived at Staplegrove Elm and is buried in Staplegrove Church, Taunton, Somerset, England. Local folklore has it that the small wooded area between the church and Staplegrove Scout Hut was the inspiration for his lyrics. ~ Wikipedia

My mom says she learned the song as a little kid and I used to sing it at nursery school. She sang that to me when I was a little girl. What sentimental memories the song brings up of using poems and song.  Enjoy this cute video sing-along for all mummies to teach their children to teach them about ending and spellings of this song and the melody.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Lyrics

 

If you go down in the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain
Because today’s the day the
Teddy Bears have their picnic
Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears
Every Teddy Bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
‘Cause that’s the way the
Teddy Bears have their picnic
Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears

Are there Bear Stories in Fairy Tales?

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” (originally titled “The Story of the Three Bears”) is a 19th-century fairy tale of which three versions exist. The original version of the tale tells of a badly-behaved old woman who enters the forest home of three bachelor bears whilst they are away. She sits in their chairs, eats some of their porridge, and sleeps in one of their beds. When the bears return and discover her, she wakes up, jumps out of the window, and is never seen again. The second version replaced the old woman with a little girl named Goldilocks, and the third and by far the most well-known version replaced the original bear trio with Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear.

What was originally a frightening oral tale became a cozy family story with only a hint of menace. The story has elicited various interpretations and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media. “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” is one of the most popular fairy tales in the English language. ~ Wikipedia

Local Teddy Heros

The exhibits aren’t just about teddies. It’s educational, experiential and fun! You get to pose with the cute and cuddly teddies. This bear town has everything miniaturized from a Teddy Bear eating durian by the roadside stall or even giving a haircut!

Be sure to take photos with Penang’s famous personalities captured in life-sized teddy bears to pay homage to outstanding Penang Lang. See if you could spot all of them immortalized in their own fields.  Tan Sri P. Ramlee, Dato’ Jimmy Choo, Dato’ Nicol David, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei. There’s even a replica bear for of the famous Siam Road Char Koay Teow and the toasts, eggs and coffee, Toh Soon Cafe.

Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

Adopt a Bear Home ~ TEDDY BEAR GIFT SHOP

The venue has various fun and colorful exhibition areas. It is reputed to be filled to the brim with over 1,000 cute teddies. One of the best things I love is the souvenir shop where you could expand your teddy bear collection. Bears need more bear friends you know.

Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

Teddy Bears Live Forever At Teddyville Museum Penang

Getting there

TeddyVille Museum is located in Batu Ferringhi and away from the city center. Taking a public may be an issue due to infrequency. Private vehicles, taxis or Grab would be your best bet.

Entrance Ticket Price

Admission without MyKad

Adult: RM 36.00 | Student: RM 29.00
Children: RM 25.00 | Kids below 3 Years Old: FREE

Admission with MyKad

Adult: RM 27.00 | Student: RM 22.00
Children: RM 15.00 | Kids below 3 Years Old: FREE

Teddyville Museum

Ground Floor, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, 56, Jalan Low Yat, 11100, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
Opening hours: 9am-6pm
Website: www.teddyvillemuseum.com
Tel: 016-550 5949

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