So, last Valentine’s Day, I took Rae to the newly opened Dessert Museum in S Maison Mall, the mall connected to Conrad Hotel. If I remember correctly, it had only opened last February 10, so it was fairly new when we went there. I found out about it because I had a client who had lots of photos taken there and posted the photos on Instagram. When I saw the photos, I was like, oooh, it’s pretty there. XD Plus the fact that Rae and I were both nerdy in a sense that we both liked museums appealed to me. I really didn’t know what was inside, aside from the posts I had been seeing of the place, but I figured hey, if it said “museum”, it was probably going to be educational. Maybe we would find out how desserts were made… or something. XD
I bought tickets online via credit card, since they had a discount (or promo or something) if you buy online; the step-by-step instructions were easy to understand, and you can pay via credit card. I didn’t get the thing where they had to course it through PayPal, so you have to pay an additional fee or PayPal use when buying tickets online. It’s not that expensive (only around 109-ish), so I was like, okay, all good. XD When buying tickets, you can also choose your schedule (date and time) of your visit. They supposedly had tours scheduled every fifteen minutes, and the advisory was to be early to avoid hassles. Oh, and it’s 699 per ticket. If you buy offline or walk-in, it’s 799 per ticket.
On the day of our scheduled visit, I was thinking about whether we could bring our son along (who at the time had just turned 3 months old) instead of leaving him with my parents, because I thought that it would be cute to have photos with him in the museum. I knew some museums and other places gave free admissions to kids below a certain age, so I was curious if the Dessert Museum had the same policy. I looked up their number on their website and tried calling. After a few rings, I got rejected and an automatic text message was sent that whoever had the line could only text. Okay, no problem right? So first I sent a text asking if the number was indeed the Dessert Museum’s number, and I got a reply saying yes. Then I asked about bringing my son along, and guess what? No answer. Phooey. So much for that idea.
Fast forward to the time of our visit, which was supposed to be 3:15PM. This was a surprise for my wife actually, and she was actually very intrigued. So anyway, we arrived before 3PM, and then saw a very long line already. I asked the guard if we should be lining up already, and he asked for my time. When he saw it was 3:15, he said to just come back around 3PM, or a little past 3PM for the 3:15PM line. Okay. We did what he said, ended up in another line, and found out that it still wasn’t the line for the 3:15PM schedule. The guard told us to just wait nearby, and he would announce if it was our turn to line up already. Maybe the museum should have just given him a sign or something. It would also help people wondering if they should line up already.
Finally, we get to the photos! 😀
Our group was composed mostly of people who dressed up to take great photos of themselves and each other, which… well, wasn’t us. Sorry, I didn’t get the memo. XD No judgment though; that’s their thing. 🙂 Just wasn’t us, that’s all.
They’re not exactly “tour guides” in the sense that you’d have a hard time getting lost in the museum, but they are there to let you know if it was time to move on to the next room, or just to give a few facts about the particular room, or to take photos of you/for you. I felt kind of bad for them because people were more obviously interested in getting their pictures taken instead of listening to them. ^^;;;
There were no free donut samples in the room, sadly. 🙁 Rae and I just played around with the very heavy donuts. Haha.
This room probably had the most activities compared to all the other rooms. But like all the other rooms, the novelty wears off after a while. ^^;;; The next room was activity-less, aside from picture taking. The next room? The ice cream room.
The next room was my favorite, and probably because I’m biased: the gummy bear room!
While waiting for the next room, we just played around with the blue bears, yay. XD
Amazing construction, right? Too bad the thingies aren’t all edible. Lolz. Yeah, the place would die with ants or cockroaches or something. XD
Again, the novelty wore off for us quickly, so we left. Upon surrendering our bracelets, we were given the option to get just chocolates, or balloons with chocolates. Rae opted for the balloons with chocolates. Haha. XD
So, what did we think about our experience? Well, to summarize:
What we liked about the Dessert Museum:
-The free samples! I mean, not every room has a free sample (I’m looking at you donut room!), but hey, they’re delicious. XD
-For lack of a better term, the designs, how they made the rooms, the colors… they’re so amazing! Super props to the makers of the rooms. Everything definitely looks great in the photos. I mean, it would probably be an effort to make ugly photos of the place. XD
-It was nice to know some facts about each dessert. Although I probably didn’t really pay much attention. Sorry! ^^;
What we didn’t like about the Museum:
-As I mentioned earlier, the lining up system was confusing. They should really fix it, especially since they emphasized that museum goers should be early.
-Bad customer service in the sense that they didn’t reply to my text.
EDIT: Okay, so I just checked now, they removed the cellphone number from their website. Oh wells. XD Maybe they got too many calls/texts. You can still reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-There were no free sample of donuts. Total boo! Maybe they should like collab with Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme or something?
-The charm of each room wears off after a while. I mean, sure, when you first get inside, you get amazed and all, and you want to take photos and stuff, but then maybe 5-10 minutes after, you just want to move on. For us at least, it was a long time to wait just to go to the next room. Maybe we’re just not really used to a guided tour. Or something. XD But that’s a personal preference I guess.
-The tour guides aren’t really a necessity. But maybe they could have been more useful if the museum was like a “how do you make desserts” concept instead of a picture taking place. XD Then they could have explained how donuts are made, or marshmallows, etc.
-It’s a dessert museum but how come it doesn’t have a chocolate room? I can’t accept it! Lolz.
-There were no visible bathrooms. For someone who frequently uses the bathroom, that is dangerous. Haha. XD
So verdict, we enjoyed our experience generally, but would we come back? We would, if someone would pay for our entrances again, or if they added new rooms. We would also come back if we got a client who wanted a photo shoot there. 🙂 We would definitely recommend this for people who love having their pictures taken. Yay. 😀
The Dessert Museum is in Unit 124, 126, 127a, Coral Way, S Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.