The Mind Museum – Taguig
Having children means you have to be constantly looking for places you can take them to that isn’t the usual mind-numbing places. The newest and one of the best places to take your kids on weekends (or even weekdays) is the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
The museum is the latest and most anticipated place to go to this year after having almost a year of pre-opening promotion. It is supposed to be the best and most interactive science museum in the country today – rivaling that of Museo Pambata. We decided to take a trip to the museum and bring along the most critical of all critics: actual kids and their parents.
Getting to the museum may be a bit troublesome because it’s within BGC. To get there, you either need your own transportation or you can get a taxi. You can also take public transportation to BGC and then flag down the electronic trikes/open cabs and ask them to take you to the museum. Tickets are quite steep for the regular Juan or Juanita. Adult admission is at 600 pesos while students from private schools (Elementary to college level) are at 450 pesos a pop.
Public school students and teachers cost a very affordable 150 pesos but you would have to show them your ID for verification. You can purchase the tickets on the day you visit but if it’s going to be on the weekends, it’s best to purchase it online through their website to secure your slot. The museum only sells limited tickets per day and limits that even further per period. You can have a roam around the museum for a maximum of three (3) hours – which is more than enough time to go around the two floors and play with their exhibits. If you are the type who would like to linger, you can purchase the all day pass but if you ask me, the three hour pass is good enough.
The fact that most of the exhibits are interactive is great. It encourages the kids to learn for themselves, explore by themselves and understand the concept of science and how things work by actually seeing it in action. This type of tactile learning gets brownie points from us and I personally love seeing the kids’ eyes get bigger when they discover something for themselves.
The interactivity with the exhibits also encourage interactivity between the parents and the kids. Our kids would be running and playing with the exhibit and then they would turn to us and ask questions about that particular theory or activity. We would then explain it to them so that they’d understand it more.
The variety of the exhibits also keeps the kids entertained and captures their curiosity: Ecology, environmental conservation, space and space exploration, history, archaeology, biology, microbiology, human anatomy, electricity, machines and technology – the museum has a great mix of subjects and categories.
Kids (and even adults) are encouraged to touch, feel, explore and take part in the experiments and presentations. This is learning in a realistic and practical level.
Security guards roam around, reminding people of the remaining time they have as well as prevent kids (even adults for that matter) from hurting themselves or wrecking the exhibits.
There are tour guides that have a number of people within a group that try to assist you in each of the areas within the museum. We gave up 30 seconds after the guide ushered us in the museum because the group was too big for just one guide and the microphone was just so terrible that we cannot understand anything but muffled words. I’m sure the intent was good but the delivery was just not working.
Another issue with exhibits that are touched by visitors is that they tend to break down faster. The remote controlled Mars rovers were not working at all, the space sound seats (cool egg seats with built in speakers) were barely functioning – out of the four seats only 2 were actually working and other exhibits were broken, in the process of being totally broken or were not even on at all. Not what you would want to experience with a fee as pricey as theirs.
The museum personnel and staff should do regular checks and immediately fix the broken exhibits. It totally ruins the experience and annoys the parents who have spent so much just for the privilege of visiting the establishment.
It also seems like it may be a minor issue but the hand blowers in the bathroom shouldn’t be blowing COLD air. The kids came out with extremely cold fingers and numb hands. I understand that they want to make sure that the visitors conserve paper towels and tissues but please, not cold air!
The video message is also great but perhaps the staff should screen the videos being shown. It bothered me ever so greatly to see a child doing a dance on screen for everyone to see. It would have been cute if the kid was just doing a regular dance, but he was sort of grinding and even raised his shirt to expose his belly with the mom nowhere to be found. The mom eventually came in the picture a couple of minutes later but she reprimanded him on screen by grabbing his hand and sharply pulling his shirt down. Not exactly, how I would do it but then, that’s me. I wouldn’t be allowing my kids to do a public video without me being there.
I would still encourage parents and educators to bring the kids over. It is a great place to learn about science and technology. I would however strongly suggest that you visit on a weekday or a non-holiday so that you can avoid the crowd. If you’re going there as a large group, coordinate with the staff and let them know that you would like to be assisted.
Inform the staff immediately about the exhibits that aren’t working and let them know what you think. Feedback is important for places like this so that they can maintain the quality of their exhibits.
The Mind Museum website can be found here and you can purchase your tickets here. You can try to trek to the ticket office the day before your intended visit to secure your tickets as well. I would suggest that you take the morning slot if you’re going on a weekend.
Operating Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays(closed on Mondays)
TIME SLOTS ARE:
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.(Sat. & Sun only)
JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. 909-MIND (6463)