I love museums. Being the history buff that I am, there’s something about museums that I find blatantly creepy yet oddly comforting. I don’t know about you but I love the sweet smell of old clothes slowly disintegrating through time, the aged books and the little manuscripts bearing a past hero’s secret.
That is why history museums bring an old nostalgia each time I step foot, anywhere they may be. Sadly in Manila, there’s only a few historical museums and I pretty much seen almost all of them during elementary field trips.
Imagine my excitement when I started planning our activities for the media event (which turned out to be successful yet proved to be exhausting) and found out that we will be going to the newly-opened The Mind Museum, located in Burgos Circle Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, a nice developing commercial area a few minutes away from Makati City, the country’s business district.
The Mind Museum, is the first science museum of its scale and scope currently in the Philippines. With displays that entice students to learn on their own and through active questioning on the roving “mind movers” — the Mind Museum allows kids to play and learn from the impressive displays in the area. Currently, the museum accepts limited people in every three-hour time block, from 9AM to 12NN, 12NN to 3PM and 3PM to 6PM.
After reading some of the blogs about The Mind Museum, my attention definitely zeroed in on one distinct display:
I love dinosaurs! Being a history buff — it also follows that I am crazy about geology and paleontology. As long as it is featured on The History Channel and The National Geographic, you can be sure that I am also extremely interested.
Comparing both my shoe sizes against a single T-Rex footprint gave me an epiphany. (Yes, I find meaning during random times of the day): Sometimes, I worry too much about the little things. But when you actually look at it on a bigger perspective…my worries are too minuscule compared to the worries of the world. In this great universe, I am nothing but a speck of dust. Now, I am thinking of printing above photo and hanging it somewhere in my office cube so that I’ll always be reminded not to worry too much on small things.
This display, showing prehistoric men, is one of the interesting ones on its side of the museum. However, I was also freaked out taking this picture because of one thing:
Maybe I watched too many “Shutter” (Ananda Everingham!!!) reruns but I kept thinking that this lady will slowly turn its head to look directly at the lens while I was shooting her pictures. It didn’t help that we chose the last time block and were the only guys inside the museum by closing time. Anyway, after taking this picture, I immediately went over to the next gallery. Classic wuss, I know.
After looking at the third species of insect, I’ve began to lose interest. Maybe because science was never my strong subject even while I was studying and I was failing miserably in Chemistry. Finally, after another quick tour of the second floor, I called it quits and decided to just sit near the museum entrance to wait for my companions.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen kids inside the museum and they were ecstatic, and simply loved everything they could get their hands into. Kids will love the interactive games and even the 4D film showing detailing the history of civilization.
The Mind Museum is not just a place to keep the kids entertained. It’s also an opportunity to teach kids that well, learning can also be fun.
The Mind Museum
Entrance: PHP600 for adults; PHP450 for kids; PHP150 for public elementary school students