Because Science, at the Mind Museum: What to Do in Manila

Because Science, at the Mind Museum: What to Do in Manila

This place surprised me.

I find that when you live in a developing country like the Philippines, the phrase “world class” gets thrown around more than it should. It’s an ambitious term used to generate interest for new developments. When the Mind Museum first opened three years ago, I remember it being used quite a bit. Most of the time, it’s just hyerbole that doesn’t measure up to the reality. But in this case, I think it does.

A 1 billion peso project that occupies 12,000 square meters of exhibit space, the Mind Museum is a great place to spend a couple of hours with your kids. What I liked about it is that most of the exhibits encourage some level of interaction. Not only will they learn about things like gravity, fission, and evolution, but they’ll be doing it in the funnest way possible. I was fortunate to visit the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney a couple of years ago, and though the Mind Museum isn’t on par with that, the gap between the two isn’t as wide as I thought it would be either.

Greeting you before the entrance to the galleries are these sculptures depicting the 10 most beautiful experiments. Can you name them all without clicking on the link?
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

The Mind Museum is comprised of five galleries — Atom, Universe, Earth, Life, and Technology.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Atom Gallery

The Atom Gallery showcases exhibits about infinitesimal forces and particles.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

L: On magnets and currents — at the push of a button, magnetic forces propel a ring from one side of the arc to the other.
R: On radiation — a geiger counter in action
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

The atom centerpiece. Containing a 3D visualization of atoms, this exhibit gives visitors a glimpse of how electrons behave.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

L: On carbon — A game that illustrates why carbon is such an important and versatile atom.
R: On whirlpools — At the push of a button, several balls shoot up before spiraling down a transparent funnel to playfully showcase the effects of gravity and centripetal forces.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

What do these steps look like to you? If you said “piano keys”, then you’re absolutely right. Like playing on a giant piano, these melodic steps were super fun to walk on. They take you up through the light bridge and into the Universe Gallery.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Guests kept running up and down the steps, making impromptu elevator music. Reminded me of Yanni. 😆
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

The light bridge. This tunnel contains exhibits about the different types of “light” — both seen and unseen — in the universe. Really cool.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Universe Gallery

Home to a mini-planetarium, the Universe Gallery features exhibits about the universe and its origins.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

The solar system
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

L: A space suit
R: An exhibit that explains Einstein’s theory of gravity
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Earth Gallery

Home to a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex cast from actual fossils, the Earth Gallery tells the story of 4.6 billion years of evolution. I couldn’t get a good picture of it because it was too dark, but there’s a small room in this gallery as well where kids can play archaeologist and dig up fossils. Pretty cool.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Impressive to behold even for adults, this T-rex display was something else. It was awesome, so much so that I hardly noticed the other exibits in this gallery! It made me feel like Calvin from those Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. RAAAWRRRR!!!! Those itty-bitty arms though. 😆
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Life Gallery

From microbes to living giants, the Life Gallery is all about life on Earth. Here’s a life-sized model of modern and prehistoric humans.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

I’m an animal lover so this was easily my favorite gallery.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Life-sized replica of a butanding or whale shark. I had the privilege of swimming with these gentle giants in Donsol and Oslob.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

“Check out the big brain on Brad!” That giant brain exhibit was pretty cool. Split in the middle, you could walk between the two lobes and step on buttons that would light up and explain the function of different parts of the brain.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

See these three beach balls hovering in midair? They’re meant to demonstrate Bernoulli’s Principle, an idea that explains how birds are able to fly.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

All about cells
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Not sure what these things were. Viruses maybe?
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Technology Gallery

The Avenue of Life, an escalator taking you up to the second floor and the Technology Gallery. There are screens in the middle of the escalators that show videos about the Earth’s major habitats.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

The largest of the five galleries, the Technology Gallery showcases exhibits about the tools and innovations created by humans throughout history.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

A display showing how things work
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

On ships and other forms of transportation
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

L: On fashion
R: On Alexander Graham Bell and the invention of the telephone
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Overlooking the Life Gallery
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

I loved how free-flowing the entire space felt. You never got stuck anywhere. They did a stellar job curating the exhibits.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

Overlooking the Life and Atom Galleries. There’s a cafe on the second floor as well.
The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

On TripAdvisor, you’ll find a few reviews complaining that the admisison fee is too high, that there aren’t enough exhibits, etcetera etcetera. While PHP 625 for adults may sound a little steep, I think it’s necessary to maintain a museum like this. As mentioned up top, most of the exhibits are interactive so I’d imagine the upkeep to be fairly high.

Also, a few commenters complained that many of the exhbits weren’t working, but I personally didn’t experience any of that. The place looked well-maintained, especially after three years of being open. Most everything still looked new to me. Every screen I watched, every button I pushed, every sensor I set off worked as it should.

As for the people complaining that there aren’t enough exhibits to justify the price, I think they probably just breezed through the entire space without reading any of the information. There are signs all over asking you to read read read people! This is a science museum after all. It’s a place of learning, so yes, you are expected to read the information. If you do that, then three hours to get through the entire museum sounds about right. For me, it was time and money well spent.

If you go in the summertime, you’ll be pleased to know that the price for an all-day pass is reduced to just PHP 475. Totally worth it in my opinion.

The Mind Museum, Manila, the Philippines

JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
Tel: 909-MIND (6463)
Website: themindmuseum.org
Facebook: themindmuseum
Twitter: themindmuseum
Instagram: themindmuseum
YouTube: themindmuseum
Email: inquiry@themindmusuem.org
Hours of Operation: Tue-Sun, 9AM-6PM
Suggested Length of Visit: 2-3 hrs

ENTRANCE:
3-hr time limit — 9AM-12NN, 12NN-3PM, 3-6PM
Adults: PHP 625
Children and Students: PHP 475
Public School Students and Teachers: PHP 190

All Day Pass (no 3-hr limit): PHP 750

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JB Macatulad

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There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Uptourist at 4:27 pm

    I love that Manila has more to offer than its natural resources. I watched how the country evolve and I am happy to see that they are now offering lots of new fun activities.

  2. Maria Isabel Garcia at 1:40 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind words about The Mind Museum. We wanted to give Filipinos the science museum that they deserved – something that they can truly call a collective place for wonder. Thank you for your visit and even more, for writing about it. Every guest creates his or her own story with every visit to The Mind Museum. Yours was a captivating one.

    Sincerely,

    Maribel Garcia
    Curator, The Mind Museum

  3. JB Macatulad at 2:27 pm

    It was my pleasure Maribel! You guys did a stellar job with the Mind Museum. Not only were the exhibits captivating, but you presented it in the most enjoyable way possible. Truly a world-class facility that’s fun for kids of all ages. Thank you! 🙂

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