10 Interactive Museums for a Better Learning Experience
Paintings, sculptures, and artifacts you can’t touch almost immediately come to mind when museums are mentioned—which frankly is true. However, as times develop, came the emergence of interactive museums, allowing for more personal and hands-on learning.
If you want to experience culture and history a little more differently, then these 10 interactive museums in the Metro might just do the trick!
Around the Philippines in two hours? Trust Lakbay Museo to deliver! The museum takes touring the country to a whole new level as they let visitors experience what each region offers through different interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.
Address: Level 1, S Maison, Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission Fee: Php 799 (Walk-in); Php 699 (Online)
Recognized by the National Historical Commission and National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Chinatown Museum presents a visual retelling of the beginning of the world’s oldest Chinatown in Binondo. Its interactive pieces are mostly recreations of works made by accomplished craftsmen from the National Museum.
Address: 4/F Lucky Chinatown Building A, Reina Regente St., Binondo, Manila
Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
Admission Fee: Php 150 (Regular); Php 120 (Senior Citizens); Php 100 (Students)
IMAGE Museo Pambata website
Museo Pambata, which means museum for children, features exhibits where kids can learn while playing. It has eight parts—Environment, Old Manila, Career Options, I Love My Planet Earth, My Body Works, Marketplace, Global Village, and Karapatan Hall.
Also read: Museo Pambata
Address: Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday to Saturday); 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday)
Admission Fee: Php 250 for children 2 years old and above and adults
Quezon City Experience (QCX)
Ever wondered how the largest city in Metro Manila came to be? Well, Quezon City Experience quenches your curiosity and more through a series of life-size exhibits and virtual displays narrating the past, present, and future of Quezon City.
Address: Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Rd., Diliman, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission Fee: Php 150 (Non-QC residents); Php 100 (QC residents); Php 80 (Students, senior citizens, and PWDs)
The dome-shaped National Planetarium reopened early this year and gives visitors a chance to experience an extraterrestrial tour without having to be an astronomer. They also have planetarium shows that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.
Address: National Museum of the Philippines, Padre Burgos Drive, Ermita, Manila
Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
Admission Fee: Free, except for planetarium shows
Philippine Science Centrum
Who says science can’t be fun? Philippine Science Centrum is the first interactive science center-museum in the country. The Marikina-based museum is divided into 10 galleries: Bodyworks, Earth Science, Electricity and Magnetism, Kid’s World, Lights, Liquids, Mathematics, Mechanics, Space, and Vision and Perception.
Address: E-Com Building, Riverbanks Center,Barangka, Marikina City
Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission Fee: Php 200 (Regular)
The Mind Museum
Located in the thriving Bonifacio Global City, The Mind Museum is a world-class interactive science museum. It has five galleries: Story of Atom, Earth, Life, Universe, and Technology.
Address: JY Campos Park, 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
Admission Fee: Php 750 (All-day pass)
Inspired by spots like The Ice Cream Museum and 29 Rooms, the Dessert Museum is a true haven for all those with a sweet tooth! It has different rooms focused on favorite desserts like marshmallows, donuts, and lollipops.
Address: Coral Way, S Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission Fee: Php 799 (Walk-in); Php 699 (Online booking)
Art in Island
We’re all aware that paintings inside a museum can’t ever be touched, but if you’re feeling a bit rebellious then this is the perfect place for you. An interactive museum filled with over 50 trick art murals, Art in Island lets visitors see (and touch) art in a whole new different light (and angle)!
Address: 15th Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Admission Fee: Php 500 (Regular); Php 400 (Walk-in)
Upside Down Museum
Sometimes all we need is a change in perspective, and Upside Down Museum lets you do just that. All you need is a camera and a whole lot of imagination to create mind-boggling and head-turning photos (literally)!
Address: CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
Operating Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
Admission Fee: Php 450 (Regular); Php 330 (Senior Citizens and PWDs)
Which of these interactive museums in the Metro are you most excited to visit? We’d love to know in the comments below!