Friday, August 10, 2012

Mind Museum

The Mind Museum is thew newest science-oriented museum in the Philippines. Located in Fort Bonifacio district, the museum has five interactive galleries: Story of the Universe (astronomy and cosmology), Story of Earth (geology and paleontology), Story of Life (biology and life sciences), Story of the Atom (physics and chemistry) and Story of Technology.

With more than 250 interactive displays, the museum aims to make learning fun and interesting for the kids.

The highlights: 

A small planetarium can be found in the astronomy section, which shows documentaries about the Solar System, asteroids and comets.

A nearby 3D theater also shows movies that depicts how the islands of the Philippines formed millions of years ago. 

There are also dioramas that show early hominids that later evolved into humans.

The museum is big on robots. In the entrance visitors are greeted by a robot that introduces the galleries and attractions of the museum. 

Inside the physics and chemistry section, another set of robots is found, this time the robotic arms (left) holding a sample of radioactive cesium, which  the visitor can manipulate to bring it near a Geiger counter.

Other mainstays include hair-raising (literally) experience with a van de Graaf generator, a working model of the Gutenberg press, several scale models of spacecraft, and a giant model of the brain

The main attraction, of course, is a full scale cast of a dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus Rex, climbing the stairs (below). In its wake are huge mounds of coprolite, which are fossilized dinosaur poop. 

Useful Info: 

How to get there: The museum is at J.Y.Campos Park in 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. There is no public transportation going to the area so you may have to take a cab to get here.

Tickets: can be purchased online or at the gate (limited number). You may opt for an all-day pass (adults PhP 750) or 3-hr slots (9am-12n, 12n-3pm, 3pm-6pm, and 6pm-9pm on Saturdays and Sundays, adults for P600).  

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