May 13, 2017

LIST: Must-visit museums in the Philippines

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    Pinto Art Museum

    Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo resembles colonial Spanish architecture with a touch of Mediterranean. The museum is popular because of its Instagram-worthy displays and interiors. Numerous artworks that the owner collected from 1986 up to present are displayed here.
    Address: Silangan Gardens, 1 Sierra Madre Sreet, Greenheights Antipolo City

    Telephone: (02) 697 – 1015
    Business Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
    Admission: Adult P150, Senior and PWD (with ID) P120, student P75 (required ID)


    National Museum of the Philippines

    National Museum of the Philippines was built in 1901 and is well-known for exhibiting Philippine artifacts. This museum houses 2 of the most famous Filipino works, Spolarium (Juan Luna) together with La Tragedia de Gobernador Bustamante (“The Gift of Leandro and Cecilia Locsin”, Felix Resureccion Hidalgo), both stated as National Cultural Treasures.

    Address: Padre Burgos Dr., Rizal Park, Manila
    Telephone: 02-537-1215
    Business Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Related article: Forever free admission to National Museum

    Mind Museum

    You can find over 250 interactive exhibits through five interconnected stories inside the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City. Basically, the exhibition shows the beauty of nature from the smallest thing to the largest and everything in between: Atom, Earth, Life, Universe, and Technology. Outside, you can find Science-in-the-Park which consists the four main pockets: Water, Math, Music, and Living. There’s also the JY Campos Park, a relaxing, meditative garden with identified plant species.
    The museum also takes pride in their exhibits that are originally designed by Filipino artists who worked closely with local and international scientists to execute science principles clearly and beautifully. To view the exhibitions, full schedule and rates, you can visit mind museum’s official website:

    ● Adult – P600
    ● Student (up to college) – P450
    ● Public school student and teacher (ID required) – P150
    ● All day pass – P750
    ● Year-long pass – P2,500

    Address: J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    Museum Hours: Monday – Closed; There are three time slots during Tuesdays to Sundays – 9:00am to 12:00nn, 12:00nn to 3:00pm 3:00 pm to 6:00pm.
    Contact: 909-6463

    Ilocos Regional Museum

    The Ilocos Regional Museum Complex is a set of museums all located beside the provincial capitol building in Vigan. The complex is managed by the National Museum, meaning entrance is free for any of the museums within the complex.
    The museum also houses an exhibit on Basi, the local spirit, and how it has shaped the history of Vigan and Ilocos Sur in general. One of the displays talks about the Basi Revolution. The it is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday, and is located at Burgos, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

    Address: Burgos, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
    Telephone number: (02) 527 1215
    Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Marcos Museum and Mausoleum

    The Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Presidential Center, commonly known as the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum, in Batac, Ilocos Norte houses a large collection of Marcos Memorabilia, possibly the largest in the country. It shows Marcos through the years, all the way until he ran for president in 1965.

    Address: #10-N Lacub, Marcos Ave., Batac, Ilocos Norte
    Operating hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Monday to Sunday

    Ayala Museum

    Located in the Philippines’ central business district, the Ayala Museum is 4-storey gallery that presents a wide collection of archeological artifacts, dioramas and chronological exhibition of the major events in the Philippine history and a display of the finest artworks from the leading Filipino artists.

    Address: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street Greenbelt Park, Makati City
    Telephone: (02) 759 82 88
    Business Hours: Ground-Fourth Floor Galleries – Tuesdays-Sundays | 9am to 6pm
    Filipinas Heritage Library – Tuesdays to Saturdays | 9am to 6pm
    Artist Space – Mondays-Sundays | 10am to 7pm
    Admission: Regular: Resident – P225; Student/ Senior Citizen: P125
    Non–resident: Regular – 425; Student/ Senior Citizen: 300

    Museo Pambata

    The Museo Pambata is the first children’s interactive museum in the Philippines. Designed especially for children, this museum also serves as an alternative to the formal classroom environment where learning resembles a one-way street – the teacher imparts knowledge and the students absorb it. Unlike traditional museums where you can only stare at the exhibitions displayed on the walls, Museo Pambata features hands-on exhibits that encourage children to explore and discover various concepts while they play. It has eight theme rooms: Kalikasan (Environment), Maynila Noon (Old Manila), Paglaki Ko (Career Options), I love My Planet Earth, Katawan ko (My Body Works), Pamilihang Bayan (Marketplace), Bata sa Mundo (Global Village) and Karapatan Hall (Hall of Rights) Aside from these rooms, Museo Pambata also hosts different activities every week like story-telling sessions, dance-along performances by groups like Manila Dance Company, theatre and shadow plays and even arts and crafts workshops facilitated by the museum’s guides.

    ● P250 for kids and adults
    ● Free Admission for Manila residents with valid IDs on Tuesdays and get 50% discount on other days. 20% discount is offered to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

    Address: Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive, Manila
    Museum Hours: Monday: CLOSED; Tuesdays to Saturdays: 8:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
    Contact: 523-1797/98 or 536-0595

    Museo Kordilyera

    Located inside the University of the Philippines Baguio, Museo Kordilyera is the first ethnographic museum in the Northern part of the Philippines. The three-story museum was formally opened to the public on January 31 of this year.
    The museum is open to the public, from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular Entrance Fee is P30 for non-UP students with valid ID, and P60 for adults. There is a 20% discount for Senior citizens and PWDs with valid ID while free admission to current UP students, faculty and admin staff.

    Address: 30 Gov. Pack Rd, Baguio, 2602 Benguet
    Contact details: 0919-324-7743 (Smart) and 0956-280-7065 (Globe)
    Facebook: @upbmuseokordilyera

    Related articles: Most Beautiful Museums in Manila

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