Two years of wide-eyed wonderment

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Over half a million people have left inspired after visiting The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City since its opening in 2012

Over half a million people have left inspired after visiting The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City since its opening in 2012

The Mind Museum marks two years of science, exploration and creativity this month with adventures that have taken kids and kids-at-heart on an unforgettable journey.

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Over half a million people have come away inspired after visiting The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City since its launch in 2012. Many of them are Filipino families and students, both from private and public schools, all of which have witnessed science and nature roaming, talking, exploding, and flying, be it thru the exhibits, or the museum’s educational programs.

‘Back to the Moon for Good’, the newest show in the planetarium, is narrated by actor Tim Allen

‘Back to the Moon for Good’, the newest show in the planetarium, is narrated by actor Tim Allen

The Mind Museum, a non-profit organization of the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc., takes pride in being a museum designed by Filipinos for Filipinos, as it reaches out to the world to contribute to the public understanding of science.

International recognition

The world has reached out to The Mind Museum too, setting it apart from other learning destinations, with the accolades garnered within its two years of existence. For one thing, the museum has earned a Gold Leed certification from the US Green Building Council for being a paragon of modern, environmentally-sustainable architecture.

The Mind Museum’s most recent honor is an award dubbed as the “Oscars” of the themed entertainment industry around the world. The THEA Award given by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) for this year’s “Outstanding Achievement,” cites that the museum “expands science into a fully experiential world,” and that “the thematic thread and artistic treatments throughout is what makes this project extraordinary by any standards.”

Dr. Joven Cuanang leads a free science conversation at ‘Cafe Scientifique’

Dr. Joven Cuanang leads a free science conversation at ‘Cafe Scientifique’

Awardees include the Disney Parks, Cirque du Soleil and Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. This is a proud moment for the Philippines for having the first science museum in Asia to receive such recognition in the entire 20-year history of the TEA.

In these two years, the Museum has also hosted fantastic and beautiful travelling exhibitions from around the world like Da Vinci—The Genius in 2013, and Biorhythm from Ireland in 2012. It is also an institutional partner of the World Science Festival and the California Academy of Sciences.

New sense of wonder

Catch a special exhibition dubbed ‘The Apocalypse Project—Imagined Futures’ at the museum in April

Catch a special exhibition dubbed ‘The Apocalypse Project—Imagined Futures’ at the museum in April

The journey never ends. The Mind Museum constantly evolves by coming up with new ways on how to present science. This year, patrons can expect more awesome exhibits, shows and activities presented in a whole new level.

For instance, one can now catch three planetarium shows, the newest being “Back to the Moon for Good,” narrated by actor Tim Allen. The stunning visuals and compelling narrative highlights the history of exploring the moon, and an inside look into the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize, the largest incentivized prize in history.

The Mind Museum premiered the show last February, alongside select planetariums around the world that are authorized to feature it.

By end of April, a portion of the museum’s second floor will be housing a special exhibition for a limited run. Launched in Singapore last 2013, “The Apocalypse Project—Imagined Futures” explores possible creative lifestyles under climate change. One area will display Climate Change Couture for the future.

An eager child accomplishes a task for the Marine Science Game. A Marine Science Camp is slated in Anilao, Batangas this summer

An eager child accomplishes a task for the Marine Science Game. A Marine Science Camp is slated in Anilao, Batangas this summer

Besides the new exhibits, visitors can also choose from a list of unique and really awesome summer programs.

There’s Crime Scene Investigation 101 where kids can learn how to gather & analyze evidence from a crime scene. Another is the Junior Mind Mover Program which will expose young minds to the work of scientists in museums, from creative science communication to demonstrating experiments; or the Marine Science Camp, where marine biologists from the California Academy of Sciences take the explorers to a closer underwater look into the coral reefs of Anilao, Batangas. There’s also Soccer Science, a soccer game training and a science workshop rolled in to one.

There are also the staple features such as monthly science parties called “MindBursts”, and free science conversations with known scientists from here and abroad in “Cafe Scientifique”.

For more information, visit www.themindmuseum.org  www.facebook.com/themindmuseum or www.twitter.com/themindmuseum.

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