These Interactive Museums in Manila are Perfect for Kids and Kids-at-Heart
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, October 01, 2018 8:18am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Museums are basically our history, art, and culture in a nutshell. It holds delicate and sensitive artifacts and paintings, which is why we are prohibited to run within the premises, touch anything, or even make noise. For art and history aficionados, this is their kind of field trip. For some, though, they might prefer a less serious exploration.
Good thing there are interactive museums. While most museums require you to behave, interactive museums need you to actively play with the exhibits (unless stated otherwise),, participate in their short seminars and enjoy as much as you can in the different galleries. If that sounds fun, here are some of the interactive museums you can visit around Manila.
The Mind Museum
JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Tuesdays-Sundays 9:00am - 6:00pm
If science is your thing, this particular museum will let you do the exploration. From discovering the atom (which is the smallest particle of matter) to space exploration, The Mind Museum has got you covered through 250 (yes, 250) interactive galleries and an outdoor area called Science-in-the-Park! They also have neat special exhibitions that kids can enjoy. Check out ticket prices here.
Philippine Science Centrum
1800 Riverbanks Ave, Marikina City
Fact: The Philippine Science Centrum first ever interactive science center-museum in the country. It was launched in 1990, but even though it was 28 years since it opened, it will still show you the latest about science. For example, if you want to how it feels like in space, they would gladly give it to you and prepare for the ride of your life. See Facebook photo below for a sneak peek. Up for this experience? Click here for more info about tickets and promos.
Roxas Boulevard cor South Drive, Manila
Tuesdays-Saturdays 8:00am to 5PM; Sundays 1PM-5PM
Remember your elementary school field trips? We bet Museong Pambata had been in the itinerary at least once (or twice perhaps). You probably remember the different exhibits: The Kalikasan, Katawan Ko, Pamilihang Bayan, among others. Take a trip down memory lane and relive your childhood at Museong Pambata, learn more about its admission fees here.
Quezon City eXperience
Quezon Memorial Circle, Diliman, Quezon City
Quezon City can fit its in a nutshell in an interactive museum called the Quezon City eXperience or QCX. Through its 16 interactive galleries, you can experience QC from its history, to the modern street scene, the business sectors and the little gems that made Quezon city what it is today. Even to the the city’s urban legends (Ang Babae sa Balete Drive, anyone?), this museum has it,. How cool can the north be? See their admission rates here.
National Museum Planetarium
P.Burgos St. Ermita, Manila
Tuesday-Sunday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Get a glimpse of heaven on earth--the heavenly bodies that is, in the National Planetarium The National Museum opened its Planetarium to give a "spatial experience" for those who love and want to learn about astronomy in general. Planetarium shows have fees but the galleries are free!
Intramuros and Rizal Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum
Sta. Lucia St, Intramuros, Manila
Now this particular museum is literally a walk through history. Take a glimpse of the Philippines’ pre-colonial era up to Jose Rizal’s death for the country. The Light and Sound Museum has over 100 mannequins, paintings, sculptures and representations, complete with lights and sound effects for a more dramatic exploration. The rate is P150 per person (minimum of 10 persons per group). Better come in groups since it costs P1,500 per show.
Ready for some exploring and photo opportunities? Make sure to add these museums to your itinerary!
This story is part of our Museums Inside Manila series which covers topics related to the theme. Read the rest of the series here.