In the introduction of her book “The Canon,” Natalie Angier relates how she harangued her sister for letting the family membership in the local science museum lapse. While Ms. Angier was trying to make a point about how science seems to have lost its cachet and fun-factor in the eyes of the general population, my reaction was a tad more basic:
They had memberships at a science museum? Lucky kids.
Nowadays we have places like the Science Discovery Center, but back when I was a child, the science exhibits I visited were for the most part half-hearted, fading things, like a tired three ring circus just going through the motions of wonder in its final tour.
Luckily that’s beginning to change… and how. While on the hunt for scientists willing to lend a hand to the local Speculative Fiction crowd, I was introduced to the gracious Maria Isabel Garcia, science writer for the Philippine Star’s De Rerum Natura column, author of “Science Solitaire: Essays on Science, Nature and Becoming Human“… and the curator of a little thing called the Mind Museum.
Why does it take me so long to learn about the cool things in life?
Set to open in 2011 at the J. Y. Campos Park, a 12,500 sqm lot at the Bonifacio Global City, the Mind Museum will have over 150 inter-active “minds-on” and hands-on exhibits in five galleries classified as follows:
- The Story of the Universe: Its Beginning and Majesty
- The Story of the Earth: Its Story Across the Breadth of Time
- The Story of Life: The Exuberant Varieties of Life
- The Story of the Atom: The Strange World of the Very Small
- The Story of the Technology: The Showcase of Human Ingenuity
Housing these galleries is the sleek edifice designed by a team led by architect Ed Calma. There will also be an 800 sqm garden set aside for science installations with four main “play pockets” dedicated to Water, Math, Music, and Living Things. If that’s not enough, even the hallways will be filled with juicy science.
I have to say I’m thrilled by the prospect of a new science museum, especially one so… ambitious in its reach–you did see those projected expenses right? The project does have the backing of big name players though, so with a bit of good luck we might have a new playground in two years, one which will hopefully allow me children to blow things up in the name of science. (I’d totally donate to a “Story of Explosions” gallery… and I’m confident I know a few icons who would too.)
Tomorrow we’ll have an interview up with Maria Isabel Garcia, but in the meantime mark your calendars folks: there’s more to look forward to in 2011 than Norse Gods.