After months of planning to take a look inside The Mind Museum in Taguig, I finally set foot to the first science museum in the country last October 28.
The Mind Museum opened its doors to the public in March 2012, a project initiated by the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI). BAFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization, supported by the contributions of property owners in Bonifacio Global City.
The museum has 5 main galleries showcasing over 250 interactive exhibits: the Atom, Life, Earth, and Universe all housed on the ground floor; and the Technology gallery located on the second floor.
The Story of the Atom: The Strange World of the Very Small
The Atom Gallery is the gallery with the most number of interactive exhibits. It contains the very elemental forces that are so familiar that we take them for granted like gravity and electromagnetism. It also presents the counterintuitive quantum world that resembles nothing from everyday experience, yet serves as the basis for much of the technology of today. – (The Mind Museum)
The Story of the Earth: Nature Across the Breadth of Time
The Earth Gallery features that first permanent T-Rex exhibit in the country along with other unique exhibits that focus on forces at work in shaping and reshaping the Earth. Knowing natural history is the way we can educate museum visitors on how long it took the planet to give us what we now inhabit.
– (The Mind Museum)
The Story of Life: The Exuberance of Life
The Life Gallery features the exuberance of a living planet in all its forms. It features the various habitats that nurture an astonishing number and kinds of organisms. This gallery also features the inner spaces that inhabit this life in the form of molecules called DNA. – (The Mind Museum)
The Story of the Universe: Its Beginning and Majesty
The Universe Gallery showcases humankind’s wondrous fascination with outer space. It features exhibits that show how all of life, as we know it now, found its atomic beginnings in the stars in space. It enfolds visitors in the fundamental elements and forces at play in the universe. The Universe Gallery includes a mini, teaching planetarium that brings guests closer to the wonders of the universe.
– (The Mind Museum)
The Story of Technology: The Showcase of Human Ingenuity
The Technology Gallery is the largest of all the galleries. It is the only exhibition space on the second level, overlooking the other four galleries. This gallery presents technology not as a mere tool, gadget, or industrial advancement but as means to flesh out human values, to help us become better humans. The gallery is divided into five major themes with each theme occupying a Node. The themes of the Nodes are: How We Live, Who We Are, How We Know, How Things Work, and Here to There.
– (The Mind Museum)
Showtimes. The museum has also 3 shows being played at different times. The first two are being shown in Nature’s Hour Glass, a mini-theater inside the Earth Gallery acts as a virtual time machine. Guests can enjoy two original 3D Filipino-made films. Birthplace is an animated film on 4.6 billion years of Earth’s natural History. Ang Simula, is an animated film on 100 million years of the natural history of the Philippines. It can accommodate 50 guests. The other one is being shown in the Space Shell which is the centerpiece of the Universe Gallery. This teaching planetarium can accommodate 40 visitors at a time. Instead of chairs, guests lie on memory foam. The Space Shell features stories about the universe.
Outside the museum is the Science-in-the Park: Nature’s Artful Play, a thousand-square meter outdoor source of scientific fascination. Visitors learn science by rediscovering anew, through play, the wonder of nature’s elements: sunlight, wind, water, and greenery. The park consists of four main play pockets: Water, Math, Music, and Living.
The museum exhibits were designed to be discovered on your own but Mind Movers were available to make your exploration even more awesome. Visiting the Mind Museum will make you realize the answers to the very intriguing questions your school grade science teacher told you. That those science concepts we had battled during our school days can be easily understood in a very simple and interactive way
For upcoming events and ticket inquiries, you can check at their website at http://www.themindmuseum.org/
The Mind Museum
JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
909 –MIND (6463)