When a very good friend informed me that Children’s Hour was looking for friends to help around the Mind Museum, I was absolutely thrilled. I’ve been wanting to visit the newest member of the BGC area since their opening, and the idea of helping a well respected non-government organization was aligned with my life objectives of encouraging the children of today.
Growing up with a schoolteacher as a mother, I had a constant recognizable attachment to spontaneously visiting these places of knowledge. I could also fondly remember every weekday morning when I wished that there was a bus to whisk us away from the four corners of the classroom, only to bring us somewhere new and inspiring, someplace where we could interact with real people and machines from their fields of work. A museum pretty much serves as a conglomeration of the different sectors of learning and industry; it is a decent window to the wonders of the world and the people living in it.
There were no hesitations as we attended the volunteer orientation on a Monday. Seeing the whole edifice in its resting state made me look forward to actually touring the place, functioning and lively, two days after. We were given the afternoon to go around and explore every possible hiding place so that we would not lose sight of any child during the tour day itself.
I was assigned to the morning session for team Pasteur, the yellow-clad guides in a squad of youngsters right about the ages six and older. We had a specific schedule to follow, since three other groups had to navigate through the museum too. Mind Movers, or museum guides made mobile with Segways (no doubt the best way to get around), accompanied us through the galleries and explained in the best way for the kids to understand.
There are different galleries in the MM:
1. The Aedi Introduction area (to welcome and brief visitors)
2. Ten Most Beautiful Experiments & Hall of Philippine Science (where you can find out which is the home of the most number of math geeks in the country and other Philippine trivia)
3. Universe (where apparently, Tom Jones is an astronaut)
4. Atom (get your hair to stand and make slime too!)
5. Earth (a place to summon your inner archaeologist or maybe learn how to become a fossil)
6. Life (My favorite of all the galleries, since it has this colossal brain)
7. Nature’s webways (an entertaining escalator ride thanks to National Geographic)
7. Technology (which occupies the whole second floor that leads to…)
8. The Science Lab (where you can get ideas for the science fair!)
9. Science in the Park (outdoor playground backed up by scientific concepts)
You probably might have seen the entirety of the MM due to some bloggers who photograph every display in every gallery (which is allowed, although visitors are encouraged to allot more time in reading). For me, it spoils the excitement and wonder of seeing it first hand. I would say that some displays are similar in concept, albeit more appealing for play, to the ones in the Philippine Science Centrum in Riverbanks, Marikina City. Sponsored by various corporations, the Mind Museum’s displays are genuinely maintained round the clock and have a knack for design. I also like how they tap into local talent, such as commissioning a group of Filipino artists to make a 3D animation feature about the evolution of man. And before I forget to mention, Cibo serves food in the second floor cafeteria and there is a Jollibee on the ground floor, in case you want to grab a bite. You could also spot a sale in the museum store on the ground floor.
Call in advance to schedule your 3 hour viewing period. Ticket prices are P600 for adults (But I think they change it to P450 on specific days…), P450 for children & private school students (up to college level), P150 for public school students (up to college level again, and mind you, it’s verrrrry reasonable) P150 for teachers (bring your ID). An all-day pass is for P750 and anyone standing below two feet get in for free. Thanks to Childrens’ Hour, I was able to fulfill my interest in visiting this museum.
Visit the indisputable and premier interactive science museum in the country today! http://www.themindmuseum.org/