Have you been to a “typical” museum?
For sure, even once in your life (especially during educational tours), you’ve seen specimens inside glass jars, paintings of well-known artists, and different exhibits in one of the museums in the metro.
But have you heard of The Mind Museum?
So much has been said about this museum. And if you’re going to google it up, a lot of bloggers/ web content writers have already featured it in their respective websites. Most of which, if not all, are praises for this one-of-a-kind-world-class-science-museum-in-the-Philippines.
Well,its really evident that this project was well-planned and executed. Headed by Architect Ed Calma, a team of architects designed the building and got their inspiration from cell growth and molecular structures. That is, Science + Art= The Mind Museum.
I didn’t really know what to expect when we entered the museum. Unlike in other escapades I had in the past, where I used to read write-ups before going to the actual venue/ event, my experience with The Mind Museum is all spontaneous (don’t take it against me! lol…im just a busy person hehe) In fact, we didn’t know where to go or what to do first! It was a shame!
But later on, I found out that the museum was really built that way- one must make through the maze-like layout of the exhibits (because they are all interconnected with one another) and learn from the exhibits by “interacting” with it.
Yes, interact with the exhibits! (See those li’l fellas and a not so lil fella in the picture?!) Since this is a science museum, they want their visitors to learn through their own discovery and understanding.
One might even say that this is a heaven for tactile learners, but actually its a place for everyone regardless of learning styles and/ or age group.
There are 5 main galleries inside the museum (Universe, Earth, Life, Atom and Technology) and one outside (Science-in-the-Park) that has over 250 hands-on, minds-on, interactive exhibits.
The Atom Gallery is said to have the most number of exhibits, one of which is the ever-famous static ball which I wasn’t able to try because I’m not patient with long lines (lol).
The Earth Gallery is one of my favorites because it showcases the first permanent T-rex exhibit in the country- it’s humungous!
The Life Gallery I believe is the most spectacular (in my own personal opinion hehe) because of the evolution of man exhibit and the gigantic whale shark or locally known as ‘butanding’.
Although the Atom gallery have the most number of interactive exhibits, the Universe Gallery is the most interactive of all. Don’t ever miss to try the Tunnelcraft and you’ll get what I mean.
The Technology gallery is the only exhibition space that is on the second floor. It is subdivided into five nodes with different themes, namely-How We Live, Who We Are, How We Know, How Things Work, and Here to There.
Almost all of the exhibits in The Mind Museum were designed and fabricated by our fellow Filipinos. Isn’t that amazing? Filipino ingenuity has really gone far and truly world-class.
I’ve spent more than two hours for the five galleries alone and another two hours for the Da Vinci exhibit (which will be featured on a separate entry). I wasn’t able to try most of the exhibits because i’m busy taking pictures and I thought “Ok, i’ve learned this in school, might as well give these children a chance to learn this time.” And It was actually fun seeing them not just enjoying but most especially learning from each and every exhibit they play and interact with.
Kudos and Thank you The Mind Museum, specially to Ms. Trixie Tacardon , for this wonderful and very informative experience!
The Mind Museum is open Tuesdays- Sundays.
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