Our friends from Sony Philippines invited the media and the children of Buting Elementary School and Virlanie Foundation to a special preview of the much-awaited The Mind Museum. We were among the lucky few to first interact with the exhibits and to witness how Sony is helping in bringing science and technology to the Filipino youth. Read more…
With a public opening slated on March 12, 2012, The Mind Museum is set to feature over 250 interactive exhibits in five engaging galleries that tackle life, the atom, the earth, the universe, and technology. It likewise showcases The Hall of the 10 Most Beautiful Experiments based on the book The Prism and the Pendulum: 10 Most Beautiful Experiments in Science by Robert Crease and The Hall of Philippine Science that interactively highlights conservation science, sustainable communities, rice culture, and the contribution of Filipino scientists. Right outside the museum is the yet-to-be-opened Science-in-the-Park.
The first main gallery we visited was the The Story of Life. It was the gallery I could greatly relate to, as I am a biology major after all. It focuses majorly on human life, with models and displays of the brain, the tongue, the DNA, and human evolution, among others. It also has a huge display of earth’s life composition and a huge whale shark model.
The next gallery we explored was The Story of the Earth. The centerpiece of this gallery is the only T-Rex fossil model in the country. Complimenting it are exhibits on the natural history of the earth from 4.6 billion years ago.
Arguably the most exciting gallery is The Story of the Universe. It has a mini-planetarium, and it features how the universe came to be as we know it from mere atomic particles. On this gallery too is a unique stargazing experience, where visitors can lie on a big bed while watching a short feature film beneath a canopy of stars.
Up in the second floor of the museum is The Story of the Atom. My favorite exhibits there were the static electricity ball and the big periodic table of elements. This gallery carries the most number of interactive exhibits that tackle aspects in physics and chemistry.
The last gallery we saw was The Story of Technology, which showcases human ingenuity through the years. Featured in this gallery are an x-ray machine, a kaleidoscope, a robot, pasteurization and refrigeration exhibits, and a toilet exhibit, among others.
Sony Philippines is committed to bringing Filipinos to the frontiers of science and technology as part of their corporate social responsibility. As such, they have provided all galleries with top-of-the-line and state-of-the-art technology. Among the gadgets Sony donated to The Mind Museum were Bravia LCD televisions, VAIO touch screens, and 3D projector systems.
The geek in me got enthralled by the interactive magic that The Mind Museum and Sony Philippines bring. All I could say is the museum really is world class.
The Mind Museum is located at JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines. Know more about it by visiting www.themindmuseum.org.