Thursday, 18 October 2018

THE PUZZLE MANSION EXPERIENCE



We had the opportunity to visit this amazing place, one of the top tourist attractions in Tagaytay.  It was the Puzzle Mansion Museum, located at Brgy. Asasin, Tagaytay, Cavite. Puzzle Mansion Museum displays a wide array of puzzles and currently holds the Guinness World record for the biggest puzzle ever made.   The mansion's location was pretty much in a residential area and the road going to the mansion is quite steep.  There were also pineapple plantations surrounding the mansion.  There was enough parking area at the time we visited because it was a Monday.  We were greeted by the friendly staff and ushered to the reception area.





At the reception, we saw lots of articles where the Puzzle Mansion was featured.  We paid 100 pesos each for the entrance fee.  The Puzzle Mansion Museum is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Entrance fee is waived for children 3 years old and below.  Lucky for our group, almost half of the kids are only three years old so we only had to pay for the adults' entrance fee.  At the entrance to the museum, you need to give the stub to the staff.


Puzzle Mansion Museum is the home to the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles in the world, from flat to spherical to 2D, 3D, and even 4D puzzles, you will find them all here.  They also have a collection of hard-to-find and rare puzzles all made by the Puzzle Lady herself, Ms. Gina Gil Lacuna. 


The kids were oriented upon entering the museum.  They gave us a bit of background about the place, who made the puzzles, how long each puzzle took to be finished and reminded us not to touch anything.  It is so fascinating to think that all puzzles inside the museum were made by one person only.  She must be really, really patient and really love what she does because I wouldn't be wasting time on something I do not love.  According to the staff, Ms. Gina Gil Lacuna is a businesswoman.  She owns the clothing company "Buntis" and collected puzzles from all over the world through her travels.


Ms. Gina Gil Lacuna beat the record of a Brazilian woman who owns the biggest amount of puzzles from 800 puzzles to Ms. Gil Lacuna's 1500 puzzles. On November 19, 2012, she was recognized by Guinness to be the holder of the Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles of Any Size, Shape or Form.  She opened the museum to the public in 2012 in a one-hectare lot owned by the family and later on added a swimming pool and bed and breakfast beside the museum.


The kids were curious about the place.  Our little one kept pointing and identifying pictures which are familiar to him.   He was even very willing to pose beside the pictures that he liked.  Inside the Puzzle Mansion, he learned about history, places, and famous people.  He identified different animals and colors.  It was fun seeing our kid giddy and really interested to learn new things.


You will see a wide variety of puzzles, from famous paintings to animals, cartoon characters, famous landmarks, artists, celebrities, basketball teams and many, many more.  The place is also categorized by theme and puzzles are nicely hung from the walls.  They also have small cubicles where the puzzles were housed so you can see them at eye level.  The kids had fun going to each cubicle and finding their favorite cartoon characters.


The very first puzzle that Ms. Gina Gil Lacuna made was extra special.  The staff told us that it was made as a gift to her son's 7th(?) birthday.  She thought it was only a 500-piece puzzle but it was actually 5000 puzzle pieces.  It was very impressive for a first puzzle and a reflection of Ms. Gil Lacuna's patience.  She was 35 years old when she started doing puzzles.  Since then, Ms. Gil Lacuna got hooked and bought more puzzles.


My favorite puzzles were the famous landmarks.  It felt like you have traveled the world with those puzzles.  They have the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal, Big Ben, Coliseum, Golden Gate Bridge, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sambro Island Lighthouse, Empire State Building, Lincoln Memorial, and the White House.


The husband's favorite is the 4D puzzles of bird's eye view of famous cities in the world.  The base is made from cardboard and styrofoam and buildings and structures made from material similar to Lego pieces.  The puzzles were well maintained and taken care of as they glue the pieces together from time to time to make sure the puzzles stay intact.


Unfortunately, the Puzzle Queen, Ms. Gina Gil Lacuna, died of heart attack in 2014.  Luckily for us, we are able to see her work and continue to inspire us through her puzzles at the Puzzle Mansion Museum.


After spending some time at the galleries, we went upstairs.  I was really excited about the coconut cream pie, but unfortunately, there was none available at the time we visited.  The second floor housed the world's largest puzzles and a small souvenir shop where you could buy puzzles.


These puzzles are not Guinness certified, but they claim to be the biggest puzzles in the world.  This one is the third biggest puzzle in the world, the Educa Borras Life, The Greatest  - 24,000-piece puzzle.


The second biggest puzzle in the world is Ravensburger Keith Haring: Double Retrospect - 32,000 piece puzzle.  This one is my son's favorite because of the colors.


And lastly, the biggest puzzle in the world, the Educa Borra, Wild Life consisting of stunning 33,600 tiny puzzle pieces.  We were all blown away by this one.


They also have a souvenir shop where you could buy all sorts of puzzles from beginner to advanced puzzle solvers.  I found that puzzles were a bit pricey for my taste.


The Puzzle Mansion Museum also makes customized puzzles for you to bring home.  You just need to take a picture and then they will print it for you in puzzle form.  Proceeds of the puzzles go to their chosen charity.


If you do not want to buy puzzles, but want to experience solving them, there is an available puzzle station where you can solve puzzles with your kids.  During our stay, we solved two puzzles.  It was a fun learning and bonding experience with your kid.  Did you know that solving puzzles makes us alert?  It makes us feel relaxed by lowering our blood pressure and reducing our heart rate.  It also enhances creativity, increases concentration, and exercises both parts of our brain.


After we were done with the puzzles, we took a short walk in their garden.  They have plants for sale, both ornamental and fruit-bearing.  The Puzzle Mansion Museum also offers rooms for overnight stay.  You can visit their Facebook page for room rates.


Overall, the kids had fun.  Though they did not really understand some of the famous artworks, they really enjoyed seeing their favorite characters and basketball teams.  It is also a great place to teach your kids about the value of patience and hard work.


Next time you visit Tagaytay, make sure to include the Puzzle Mansion Museum to your list of activities and places to visit.  Your 100-peso entrance fee is super sulit.  The place is very welcoming and has a homey feel to it.  It is also a nice place to learn and bond with your children.

I WANT TO VISIT THE PUZZLE MANSION!



The Puzzle Mansion Museum is located at Cuadra Street, Barangay Asasin, Tagaytay, Cavite.
You can contact them at (+63 2) 425-5195, (+63 2) 661-0019, and (+63 905) 225-0229.
Message them at m.me/PuzzleMansion


Do you like puzzles?  Have you ever been to Puzzle Mansion? Please comment down below!

25 comments:

  1. Looks like such a fun place to visit! I love puzzles but don't find that I have a lot of time to do them. When my son is a bit older it would be fun to do them together.

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  2. WOw! Those are ALL puzzles? COOL! I love puzzles. They are so fun to do as a family.

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  3. This looks so cool! Can't believe they are all puzzles!

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  4. How exciting? This looks really fun.

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  5. We have that 3D puzzle of the Brooklyn Bridge! What an interesting museum! My 4yo is really into puzzles right now so I bet he'd be impressed!

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  6. I have never been there but I would love to be there. Such a lovely place. Seems kids had a great time.

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  7. This looks like a great place to visit. It seems very unique.

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  8. Woah! I didn't even know that there was a puzzle museum, That is crazy. I will definitely have to take my kids there.

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  9. Wow! That is a super cool museum. For someone to have the patience to do puzzles is amazing but I could not do it.

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  10. Wow. Looks like a very fun place to spend time with family.

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  11. What a fun place to visit! I would like certainly to spend a day wandering around there.

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  12. This looks like a fun place to visit with my kids. I have to check this place and a olan a trip here.

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  13. What a fun and great experience you had. Looks like a great place to visit. I'll definitely go here one day with my family.

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  14. I love visiting museums, but I have never heard of this museum before. Much as I love puzzles, it would be exciting to go to this one someday!

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  15. Sounds like super fun! I love puzzles and the idea of such attraction really touches me. Sounds fab!

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  16. Omg it looks like a blast! Added to my list of places I want to go !

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  17. Whoa, this exists?! This is seriously so cool! I want to go there.

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  18. Puzzle Mansion looks really a beautiful place to visit together with your kids and I am sure kids are having so much fun exploring this place.

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  19. What a fun place to go! We love puzzles in my family. I think it’s so cool how elaborate puzzles can be and those that complete them are amazing!

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  20. I would love to visit this place! That "largest puzzle in the world" is indeed a large one! It would take me years to complete that! Haha. Oh and that coconut cream pie would be a yummy treat too!

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  21. Love this puzzle art! I would like to visit this place someday!!

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  22. I love Ms. Lacuna's awesome puzzles! It was nice to know that despite her passing, she was able to leave a legacy for everyone--we had her puzzle mansion to visit and enjoy. I wish to be able to have the opportunity to visit this place someday.

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  23. Wow this great!! I have never seen a puzzle museum before! THank you for sharing!

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  24. What a delight this lace would be for all puzzle fans! I am not so invested in puzzles but I would still totally spend some time at this place. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I've never heard of this before, that is so so cool! A must see for sure!

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