“Did you know that’s there’s a world-class museum here in your country?”, asked a foreigner to his Filipino friend. The Filipino stared blankly at the foreigner, apparently not aware of such a place.
In case you’re like the clueless Pinoy, there is indeed. It’s called the Mind Museum, located at the heart of Taguig – Bonifacio Global City, Home of Passionate Minds. Last weekend, we made an impromptu visit to the museum. It being impromptu, I wasn’t able to bring my camera to take photos. What’s this experience if I can’t share it with you guys though? So armed with a borrowed camera phone (my phone battery went dead), I took as many photos as I could to bring home to you. =)
They limit the museum visiting to 3 hours only so there are time slots that you have to follow. You can go in in the middle of a slot but you have to go out when the time is up. If you don’t want to be constrained by this, you can get the all-day pass for an additional P150. If you are a science buff and wanted to visit all the sections and read all the texts, 3 hours surely is not enough. Otherwise though, you’d be done in the allotted time given.
A few house rules.
Once you get inside, you’d be greeted by the robot Aedi. It’s IDEA spelled backwards! =) There will also be a museum guide to give you a short briefing. Other than that though, you’re basically on your own.
They didn’t have any pamphlets of the museum that we could use as a guide so I’ll share this map that I caught on the second floor.
Clockwise from left: Whirlpool where you press a button and the balls inside go down a spiral motion, Newton’s Cradle, planet balls that you can swing to show Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion – Action and Reaction, Molecule area where you can build molecular models.
Mendeleev’s Periodic Table – a life size periodic table where there are real-life examples inside each element. An example is the banana for Potassium.
Static Ball Van de Graif – This is such an attraction! You can hold the static ball and watch your hairs stand up!
Small Worlds Within – You can use the pointer that acts as a microscope to magnify the many things in the grid, ranging from really small insects to everyday things such as cork and cheerios.
There’s the giant brain and the DNA structure below. There’s also a model on cell parts and a quiz in one of the touch screen monitors.
Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty, Umami – Uma-what?! Oooh, I learned about that here! Umami describes savory taste. Examples are cheese and tomato.
What’s a museum without the bones of a T-Rex huh? You can climb all the way up (the stairs, not on the T-Rex!) to take a photo of it up close. There’s also a fossil digging area to complete your scientific experience. =)
Spin Browser – where you can speed up or slow down a certain activity like the flow of a waterfall.
Earthquake! The city is in your powerful hands as you control what earthquake intensity to give it. Watch as the buildings shake and move. Of course, you can pull the strings afterwards to make the buildings upright again.
Here are 5 not so easy steps to become a fossil. 1. Die with good bones. 2. Make sure to be buried under sedimentary rocks. 3. Wait for at least 200,000 years. 4. Wait for an opening in nature to reveal your fossil. You can read number 5 just fine =)
This is one of the two shows that you can watch in the museum. This is called the Nature’s Hourglass. It’s a 3D show depicting the origin of the Philippines. The movie is done in cooperation with ABS-CBN and is a Chito Roño film.
The white dome-like things below remind me of the movie, MIB. They are actually chairs you can sit on to listen to the sounds of space. There are buttons you can press to hear the next and previous sounds. Beware of getting too comfy here! I forgot my new tablet inside the chair! Good thing hubby was the next one who used the chair and found it! Whew!
The glowing spheres show the lifetime of a star. The image below is of the sun and of earth. There’s a lever you can step on for the earth to orbit around the sun, showing the gravitational relationship of the two.
The dome on the right is the Space Shell. You can watch a show here of the the universe in a nutshell. Inside the theater, the viewers have to lie down on a cushion. Be wary of the contents of your pockets as they may slip out while you’re lying down. Yep, we lost our car key here! As for the movie, we found it a bit too blurry, like a 3D movie without the glasses.
It’s all fun fun fun at the upper level! There’s a kaleidoscope, the beauty of PHI, and even arcade games!
There’s the elliptical pool table wherein every single time you hit one ball, it will surely hit the other, so long as they are initially in the position shown in the photo. The two squares at the bottom left are trying to show the pythagorean theorem. a squared + b squared = c squared. With the same pieces, you are supposed to be able to make one big square out of it. The image on the lower right shows that one can hit a target by reflecting laser off of mirrors. You’d have to arrange the laser pointer and the mirrors properly to hit the target.
This is the Gutenberg press, what we now know as the printer. You can try it out by getting a paper (provided nearby), putting ink and pressing onto the plate.
There are also sections of how things work and of different inventions, simple and complex alike.
There are so many fun and different things to do on the second floor, all in the name of Science of course. Now what on earth could hubby be pulling out of the toilet bowl?! All in the name of Science!
THE MIND MUSEUM STORE
Upon our exit, a gift shop greeted us. There were all sorts of souvenirs, t-shirts, polo shirts, pencils, pens, USBs, bagtags, keychains, water bottles, caps, and so many more!
There’s also a booth where you can take a souvenir photo with the caption I had a close encounter with… Your photo will be taken on a green screen and then you can choose which predefined background to use, dinosaurs, the moon, earth, etc. Their products include 3D and 2D 6×8 photos, 3D iPhone 4 case, and 3D keychains.
SCIENCE IN THE PARK
An extension of the museum is the Science in the Park. You can enter the park using the same ticket used for the museum. Alternatively, if you want to just enjoy the park and not the museum, you can pay P100 to enter. This is ideal for those with children who cannot yet appreciate the Science inside the museum. I can just imagine Ky’s delight when he comes here! There are water fountains, bubble makers, see-saws, slides, drums, flutes, and many more fun activities.
These play things are not there simply for fun however; there is still Science behind it all. As with these slides called Brachistochrone Slides. Looking closer, one will notice that the slides are not the same, one is straight, the other is slightly curved, and the other is curved. Which slide do you think will get you to the bottom the fastest?
For more information, you can visit their website at http://www.themindmuseum.org/