July 05, 2016

Forever free: Admission to National Museum free of charge

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  • Filipinos are getting more and more involved in their history and heritage thanks to events held in different museums across the archipelago. The National Museum of the Philippines took notice and has now opened its doors to everyone FOR FREE last July 1.

    Also read: National Museum: Get to Know the Country through the Eyes of Time

     

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    NO NEED TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT BIG EVENT. The National Museum recently announced that general admission to the museum as well as all its branches will be free of charge starting July 1, 2016. (Photo credit: National Museum of the Philippines Official Facebook page)

     

    Yes, you read that right. Admission to the National Museum is now free of charge for all visitors, Filipino or foreign, along with other museums under it. According to a post on its official Facebook page on June 30, “A policy of free general admission has been established, effective July 1, 2016, by the Board of Trustees of the National Museum, in order to build upon significant spikes in viewership, especially among younger Filipinos.”

     

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    GREETINGS. One of the museum’s most prized possessions: Juan Luna’s Spolarium. (File photo)

     

    They cited “significant spikes” in viewership between 2013 and 2015 and to date in 2016 when they made general admission free of charge for traditional reasons. These include the National Arts Month in February, National Heritage Month in May, and National Museums and Galleries Month in October.

    The National Museum used to charge P150 for adults, P120 for senior citizens, and P50 for students.

    Apart from the National Museum in Manila, visitors can also enter their regional branches free of charge. You can find these in Angono, Rizal; Vigan City, Ilocos Sur; Kabayan, Benguet; Kiangan, Ifugao; Masingal, Ilocos Sur; Quezon, Palawan; Doongan, Butuan; Tabaco, Albay; Cebu City (currently closed for relocation); Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City; Boac, Marinduque; and Jolo, Sulu.

    The National Museum is located at Padre Burgos Dr., Rizal Park, Manila. It’s open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

     

    Source: National Museum of the Philippines Official Facebook page, Rappler, CNN Philippines, GMA News Online, MB.com.ph

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