Signage of the Puzzle Mansion
|Location||Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines|
|Collection size||1,500 (2014)|
The building occupied by the Puzzle Mansion started as a rest house for the family of puzzle collector, Georgina Gil-Lacuna and also as a private display site for Gil-Lacuna's finished puzzles.
The concept for the museum was first made in 2011 by puzzle collector Georgina Gil-Lacuna and her son Gino Orda who were concerned on where to store the puzzle collection of Gil-Lacuna. They learned through the internet that the biggest recognized collector of puzzles was a woman from Brazil who has over 230 puzzles. Gil-Lacuna at that time had 800 puzzles. In November 19, 2012 she was proclaimed by Guinness to be the new holder of the feat, with 1,030 puzzles finished at the time of the proclamation. The museum opened to the public in 2012.
The museum building is situated within a 1 hectare lot.
The collection of the museum dates back in the 1980s when its founder and puzzle collector Georgina Gil-Lacuna bought a 5,000-pieces Mickey Mouse jigsaw puzzle from Hong Kong for her then 2-year-old son Gino thinking it had only 500 pieces. She will then finish around a thousand puzzles in the next 30 years which will form part of the museum's collection. Puzzles of various materials form the collection such as wood, cardboard and plastic puzzles. In terms of form the museum hosts flat, spherical, 3D and "4D" puzzles. The puzzles in the collection also features various genres and subjects such as people, nature, historical event, religious figures, fictional characters, cartoons, corporate ads, as well as reproduction of paintings by artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Sandro Botticelli, Francisco Goya, Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso, and Edgar Degas.
Among the most difficult to accomplish puzzles for Gil-Lacuna was the 10,000 piece puzzle which featured Diego Velázquez’s Las Hilanderas which took 300 hours over 7 months to finish due to most of the puzzle's pieces being solid black.
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