Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Geek is Cool at The Mind Museum

                                                      The Mind Museum

I was in Manila in April and instead of heading out on a road trip to the suburbs or spend a day at the theme park, my friends, brother and I decided to become geeky and trooped to The Mind Museum in Taguig. We arrived a couple of hours before the next batch of museum-goers would be allowed entry to the museum. We bought tickets for the 12:00 noon session and then proceeded to the Science in the Park just outside the museum. It was no ordinary park. Every installation is a lesson on science, mathematics, music, water and living things. A fun way to learning new things for the young and old. And we didn't mind the scorching heat.

 Science in the Park

Weird Balance. 
When the fulcrum is moved off the center, 
there is a need for an increased force to counter the increase in distance.

Bubble Area

We had an early lunch at Jollibee located next to the park and the museum. Finally, at 12:00 noon, we found ourselves at the lobby. But before we could enter the museum, we were given a primer on what to expect inside the museum. In this age of social networking, they didn't prohibit the use of cameras inside the museum but that of course would take away precious minutes from exploring and tinkering with the exhibit. First and foremost, we're at The Mind Museum to be curious, explore and learn.

 Aedi welcomed us to the museum.

There are five galleries in the museum: Atome, Life, Universe, Earth and Technology. Our first stop was the Universe gallery.

La Luna.

Then we took the alley connecting the Universe gallery to the Earth.

Birthplace. The 3D show at the Earth Gallery.

 Experimenting on the tremors felt at different intensities during an earthquake.

 T-Rex exhibit

 Bernoulli's Principle in action. This explains why birds and airplanes fly.

 The Brain.

How do you know your DNA? 

I was happy because I answered correctly most of the items on the DNA quiz. Thanks to my high school biology teacher, Mrs. Virginia Villanueva and those group exercises with my table mates whose last names start with S-Z.

One of the popular exhibits, the Static Ball Van de Graaff. 
Hairs freak out due to the electrostatic energy from the ball.

The Shadowbox
 Take a pose in front of the green wall, a light flashes and voila, 
your shadow is imprinted on the green wall for a few seconds before it fades away.

Putting into practice the Pythagorean Theorem.

The Gutenberg press by Johannes Gutenberg 

Before we had the printer, the photocopying machine and all other devices used in the production of the printed word, our forefathers had to use this painstakingly laborious printing press. But this was way better than having to manually copy by hand the manuscripts in the past.

Spinning Jenny, as invented by Sir James Hargreaves. 
It made the churning out of threads to be used to make fabrics faster.

This display reminded me of the humongous exhibit of cars 
at the Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

My godchild playing dress-up.

With the wave of the fingers, plucking the imaginary strings, 
this stringless harp delighted my godchild.

Of course, you just can't leave the museum without meeting Mind Museum Omnibot a.k.a. MIMO.

There is a cafeteria inside the museum, offering healthy snacks courtesy of Gaita Fores.

Orange, a color that is supposed to make one hungry or have a good appetite.

There are a whole lot more of exhibits which would literally take up much space in this post.. I recommend to the young and old alike to give The Mind Museum a try. It's a fun way of teaching kids math, science, music and the like. At the same time, adults get to test their memory of the principles learned back in grade school and high school.  The sad bit, though, is that some of the displays are under repair.

Three hours flew by so fast. It was time to go and we made our way to the museum shop where souvenir items are sold at reasonable prices. Of course, we didn't leave without something to remind us of that enjoyable, geeky afternoon.

2D image on our keychain.

3-hour time slot. 
Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Adult: Php 600.00
Children and Students from Private Schools: Php 450.00
Students from Public Schools: Php 150.00
Teachers: Php 150.00

JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Online info


meredelmae said...

truly cool. very interesting. nice one, Sol. ;)

Unknown said...

wow! I didn't know that this place really exist in the Philippines.... Amazing! Science freaks, onwards!

sojournersol said...

Thanks. :)

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