Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Best of the Mind Museum

According to its website, The Mind Museum is the first world-class science museum in the Philippines. With over 250 inter-active minds-on and hands-on exhibits, the museum will be a venue that will present science as entertaining, fun, and engaging. 

The exhibits are divided into 5 parts:
  1. The Story of the Universe: Its Beginning and Majesty
  2. The Story of the Earth: Its Story Across the Breadth of Time
  3. The Story of Life: The Exuberant Varieties of Life
  4. The Story of the Atom: The Strange World of the Very Small
  5. The Story of Technology: The Showcase of Human Ingenuity
Person A organized a Saturday afternoon date with some friends to explore the museum. We also want to see the star that I named after him 2 years back.

97% of the exhibits are highly interactive and meant to be discovered on your own: you should be curious enough to try it, to figure out how things work and well to enjoy it. I won't go through what is inside each exhibit, a lot of bloggers have done so. What I will share are the things I find most enjoyable.

1. Stan, the Tyrannosaurus Rex

My first encounter with a real dinosaur skeleton BLEW.ME.OFF. Surreal.

2. Walk through the Fossil Story

Tips on how to become a fossil. Just in case you have plans of becoming one.

3. The magical moon

The moon is huge, about 5-ft in diameter. The texture looks realistic and looks good in photos.

4. Earthquake Exhibit

Wanna know how strong an intensity 7 or 3 earthquake is? Try this exhibit. It's scary

5. The Van de Graaf Generator

I always try this in science museums. Hair-raising at its finest. Just don't make the mistake of disconnecting the complete circuit (e.g. holding the machine with one hand or raising your foot off the ground). You don't want to risk getting electrocuted.

6. Flying Balls with the Bernoulli Principle Machine

It's cool to see the balls defying gravity and at the same time controlling it with your hands. You can also try to be creative and try catching balls, like what these boys are doing.

7. Frequency and Wavelength Machine

This is also a personal favorite. Sound each tube and you can see the wavelength of each - from low to high frequency.

8. Mirrors and Laser

This exhibits allows you to manipulate a series of mirrors to shoot a target. Since there are two, this is a fun way to battle it out with a date. We did. As expected, I lost.

9. The Playground

This is also a winner. The park is located outside the museum wherein there are numerous stations featuring slides, see-saw, bars, drums and a lot of bubble activities. What's more? You can visit the park for PhP 100. For the activities you can do, it is worth it.

In Summary:
1. The Mind Museum is full of activity-based exhibits which require interacting and tinkering. The downside, some of the machines are damaged. The building is beautiful in white and spacious. The connecting tunnels through each exhibits are also very interesting and exhibit on their own.

2. My friends and I find it okay. To be fair, we have a strong science background that's why we kinda know how most of the exhibits work. Though, it's still a creative way of spending an afternoon. It could be perfect for high school kids who are still starting their formal and deeper science education. As for toddlers? Well, it won't hurt if we encourage their curiosity.

3. Three hours would be too short to explore all exhibits. It's either you do a whole day pass or visit the other things some other time.

4. The Playground is worth the visit. It's your typical playground but with science-based amenities. I like the huge drum, infinity slide, seeing the world through animals' eyes. You can enter for free if you're a museum guest but if you don't have plans on getting inside the building you can enjoy the amenities for PhP 100. Great for toddlers and kids! 

The Mind Museum
JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue
Bonifacio Global City

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