RP’s first Mind Museum to rise in Global City
The first world-class science museum in the country dubbed “The Mind Museum” will soon rise in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig.
The Mind Museum, a P1-billion project of the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. (BAFI), aims to contribute to the country’s science education as well as inspire students to specialize in science and technology.
Manny Blas II, managing director of the project, said the museum aims to provide locators and visitors a civic and cultural place to complement the existing residential, commercial, institutional and retail establishments at BGC.
“The galleries in the museum will feature science facts, the process of discovery and their applications in technology. It is to be a place where visitors can learn science principles in a fascinating and interactive way, where teachers can find new and exciting ways of teaching science, and where students can satisfy their curiosity about how the world works. The Mind Museum is to be a venue where visitors will be fascinated with science. Fascination results from learning something in an entertaining and engaging way,” Blas explained.
The museum will be located across the future luxury Shangri-La Hotel and the unified Philippine Stock Exchange building. The Fort Bonifacio Development Corp. is donating the land for the project.
The museum will include various galleries that will be sponsored by major donors, including The Life Gallery (donor: Ajinomoto Phils.), The Theater (Ayala Land Inc. which is also providing consultancy services for the design and construction management of the museum), The Awesome Laboratory (BPI Foundation and the Bank of Philippine Islands), Earth Gallery (Del Monte Phils.), Universe Gallery (Globe Telecoms Inc., IMI Group of Companies, Manila Water Co., and Nutri Asia).
Assigned museum curator is Maria Isabel Garcia, a science writer and author of “Ecologia Filipina, An Almanac (1996)” and “Science Solitaire (2006),” a science book which won the National Book Award last year.
The Mind Museum building is planned to be environmentally friendly and will reflect the principles of nature conservation.
The museum project will also offer facilities and services that include science-in-the-park galleries to be located within the park around the museum structure. These covered galleries will feature science exhibits or sculptures (similar to The Pipes in High Street) which children can use as a playground while learning scientific principles.