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Barkada Must-Do: Visit The Mind Museum At The Fort

Reignite your passion for learning at this new museum that opens tomorrow. Explore its many interactive galleries with friends--you'll find that science is fun, not intimidating!

Did you find science intimidating--and one of the causes for a drop in your grade point average? Or, were you actually a science geek back in school? Whichever extreme you fall under, you'll find something to love about this cool new place devoted to the sciences right here in the metro.

The Mind Museum, a project of the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Sony, is the country's first world-class science museum, created with the help of international experts and Filipino scientists and engineers. It has over 250 interactive exhibits that will impress people of all ages, and you will finally get to experience it: they are opening it to the public tomorrow, March 16. Make sure to visit it soon with your family and friends.

As soon as you enter the futuristic-looking building at The Fort, you'll be greeted by a robot named Aedi (idea spelled backwards) that will prepare you for the science journey within. You can whet your appetite for knowledge at The Hall Of The 10 Most Beautiful Experiments and The Hall Of Philippine Science, both located near the entrance. You will then be guided by trained Mind Movers through the museum's five different galleries:

The Story Of Life

This gallery offers a deeper understanding of how living things survive. It features a giant human brain model that lights up when you touch respective sensors and a life-size model of a whale shark or butanding.

The Story Of The Earth

This gallery showcases natural history, which began 4.6 billion years ago. One of its highlights is a 40-foot T-Rex skeleton cast named Stan (named after the man who unearthed it)! You can also learn about the history of the Earth and the Philippines by watching short films that use the exclusive Sony 3D Projection System.

The Story Of The Universe

After exploring life on Earth, you can venture into outer space by visiting this gallery. Highlights include a spinning walk-through tunnel, a planetarium which screens films above you while you lie on the cushioned floor, and cool pods that simulate the sound of space.

The Story Of The Atom

From the vastness of space, you can then discover the basic unit of matter in this gallery, which uses Sony screens and 3D active glasses to explain nuclear energy. You'll especially have fun experimenting with the hair-raising static ball and light-preserving shadow box!

The Story Of Technology

You can learn all about the achievements of mankind in this gallery. Located on the second floor, it features hands-on inventions and innovations that have had an impact on our daily lives, such as machines, lasers, and even language, music, and fashion. There are arcade games, as well, that kids (and men) would surely enjoy! Watch out for MIMO, the obstacle-avoiding robot that freely roams the second floor while playing funky tunes to entertain you.

Other educational offerings at The Mind Museum include an outdoor Science-In-The-Park, an auditorium, a laboratory, and classrooms for educational workshops. Though it was primarily created with children in mind, it's a great place for all you Cosmo chicks to reignite your passion for learning and discover more about the world around us. Visiting it with friends or family makes for a great weekend activity, too.

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The Mind Museum is located at JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Guided visits are scheduled in three-hour time slots from 9AM to 9PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Only a certain number of visitors are allowed per time slot.

Ticket rates are P600 for adults, P450 for children and private school students up to college, P150 for public school students up to college, P150 for teachers, and free for those below two feet in height. An All-Day Pass is P750. For inquiries and ticket purchases, call 909-MIND (6463) or visit The Mind Museum website.

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