|The author with his benefactor at the Mind Museum entrance|
I was fortunate enough to get an early look at The Mind Museum thanks to a friend of my sister’s, herself an employee of Ayala Land, Inc. (one of the companies behind this project).
Mind Museum is found in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, a short walk away from St. Luke’s Medical Center. In fact, if you went to Morning Mercato Saturday or Sunday, you could just walk your way down to the Mind Museum later that day.
|The view from outside. The author's sister and some tree repairmen|
also in shot
However, the facility is booked a month in advance, so if you live far and you don't need to go there immediately, I recommend waiting a few months.
Mind Museum brings me back to the days of the old Ripley’s museum in Shang Ri-La. Even if you’re not particularly techie minded or nerdy, it’s an overwhelming sensory overload that's hard to resist. You really won't think you're learning anything as you check out and play with all the different exhibits on hand.
I also want to commend the Mind Museum for bringing a lot of local color to their presentation. In the vestibule going into the main floor they have a section dedicated to Filipino scientists. Similarly relevant exhibits are littered throughout the museum. This addition makes me feel hopeful and is to be commended. I do have concerns about it being a video presentation. More on that below.
|The Filipino Scientists exhibit. Make sure you see this when you go there.|
These are my concerns with the Mind Museum as it is now. Some exhibits are not clear or easy to understand on their own, with some lacking descriptive captions or having the captions placed in inconspicuous areas. Also, technical issues abound. There was a short outage in part of the facility when I was there and some exhibits do say that they are a work in progress. While not deal breakers in any way, you might as well know that the place is not perfect.
I also see a few practical limitations. Mainly, there is simply no way you can fully grasp everything in the Mind Museum in one trip. It will take you less than two hours to go through the whole facility, but you might as well forget trying to squeeze every little piece of learning you can in there. Of course, if you can afford it, it's all the more reason to want to take return trips to the facility.
|One of many video screens people are just passing by|
For those exhibits that have or depend on short video presentations, it’s hard to be patient enough to sit through one of those when the large scale exhibits and interactive sections are far more stimulating. Also, the videos aren't really loud enough to grab attention. This is understandable in that you would want to avoid people getting distracted by them, but I think the video exhibits need to be thought out again.
|Giant human brain. Now we're talking! :D|
In my mind, it’s the giant Human Mind exhibit and not the T-Rex which is the highlight of all the large scale exhibits. The T-Rex skeleton is a tourist attraction for sure, BUT a closer look will let you know it’s not up to scale and the bones are not very accurate. I take particular offense at the bottom rib bones bound up together like a book spine. The brain, however, it’s big and it's impressive. All the main parts are identified and labeled and you can walk through the two lobes. It's certainly eye catching and the sort of thing that can grab your imagination. It's representative of the best the Mind Museum has to offer and what you can expect to find there.
Overall, I don't have to convince you to go to the Mind Museum. There have been more than enough press releases and blog posts about it. If you're reading this, you're probably already convinced you want to go, or at least curious enough to find it. Here's a map showing where it is in relation to St. Luke's/ S&R.
If you are bringing a car, you'll be happy to know that parking around the area is plentiful. There's an open lot at the left side and parking areas in the entrance and back of the building. Here's another map showing the parking lots.
You can also commute to the Mind Museum. For those not in the know, there is a bus route that goes through Bonifacio Global City, with pickups at Market Market and Fort Bus Terminal, beside Ayala MRT station. I've embedded the maps below for easy reference. Bear in mind that the bus will only drop you off at specified stops, so check the maps for the most convenient way.
You can get directions on how to go to Fort Bonifacio (Global City) itself here and more information on the Global City bus routes here.