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The Mind Museum
Written by Cherry   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
The first Mind Museum at Taguig was inaugurated in a pre-launch reception headed by Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano and the board of trustees of Bonifacio Art Foundation (BAFI) and the proponent of The Mind Museum led by its chairman Jose D. Campos and vice chairman Fernando Zobel. The city government officials, guests and donors had seen the new building and its center piece exhibits for the first time. The museum can occupy seats in a 12,500 square meters lot located at JY Campos Park on 3rd Ave in Bonifacio Global City. This project’s budget is P1 billion which was conceived in 2006 by BAFI, the group in charge of Bonifacio Global City’s public art program. Companies, families and individuals had supported Science education in the Philippines to help the economy in long term. Vice-President Binay delivered a message in behalf of President Noynoy Aquino, he said that the president offered his thanks and congratulations “to all those who made this facility possible through their generous donations.” Binay further explained that as Filipinos gave importance in the development of scientific research, science is transformational and should be put to work for the benefit of Filipinos.

According to the speech delivered by Cayetano, the project will benefit the youth, not just in Taguig, but in the whole country. International group such as Science Centre Singapore and Jack Rouse and Associates were hired by the Mind Museum as consultants. Filipino artists, scientists and engineers clearly delivered the Science facts and principle. These people also work for science museums abroad. They have already finished 90% of the exhibits in the museum. There were 250 interactive exhibits classified into five subjects which are being displayed in the museum’s five main galleries. It included the following: a) Atom Gallery has exhibit pieces that show the strange world of the very small in terms of forces and particles; b) Earth Gallery tells of the story of the planet and our archipelago across the breadth of time; it includes a 3D animated film made by an all-Filipino crew that features 4.6 billion years of the planet’s natural history and evolution in 12 minutes; c) Life Gallery is a dive into deeper understanding of how life surrounds and inhabits us – from microbes to large animals (such as a life size ‘butanding’), and from DNA cells to a giant human brain model; d) Universe Gallery features the vastness of the universe and holds clues to where we came from and where we are going; it also contains a unique planetarium which simulates star-gazing from the point of view of literally laying down on a bed beneath the stars; e) and Technology Gallery shows how we, with the tools we invent and innovate, are able to express our evolving humanity.

The public may visit the museum starting this coming summer. Visitors may experience playful science thru the museum’s outdoor Science-in-the-Park. The four-themed pockets are Music, Math, Living and Water. Facilities in the museum include auditorium, laboratory and classrooms for educational workshops. The museum’s architecture reflects its design in the functionality of nature. The building’s design include a curved roof for more efficient rain collection, slanted exterior walls to minimize the entry of sunlight, and strategic orientation to utilize the shadows of adjacent buildings, all of which contribute to greater energy efficiency. [via manilastandardtoday.com]

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