May 13, 2017

10 Must-Visit Museums in the Philippines

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  • This article was updated on June 25, 2019. 

    Visiting museums is one of the best ways to familiarize yourself with a country’s history and culture. In the Philippines, there are more than a couple which would allow for such.

    If you want to get to know the country better, here are 10 of the must-visit Philippine museums!

    Pinto Art Museum
    Silangan Gardens, 1 Sierra Madre Sreet, Greenheights Antipolo City

    Pinto Art Museum resembles colonial Spanish architectures with touches of Mediterranean. The museum is popular not only for its Instagram-worthy interiors but also for its artworks collected by the owner beginning in 1986.

    Also read: Pinto Art Museum

    Hours: 9 am to 6 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
    Contact: 02-697-1015
    Facebook: Pinto Art Museum

    National Museum of the Philippines
    Padre Burgos Dr., Rizal Park, Manila

    National Museum of the Philippines was built in 1901 and is well-known for exhibiting Philippine artifacts. This museum houses two of the most famous National Cultural Treasures, the Spoliarium by Juan Luna and the La Tragedia de Gobernador Bustamante by Felix Resureccion Hidalgo.

    Also read: National Museum Complex: A Memento of the Philippines’ Rich Culture

    Hours: 10 am to 5 pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)
    Contact: 02-537-1215
    Website: nationalmuseum.gov.ph

    Mind Museum
    J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

    You can find over 250 interactive exhibits through five interconnected stories inside the Mind Museum in BGC. It shows the beauty of nature and everything in between—from Atom, Earth, and Life to Universe and Technology. Outside, you can find Science-in-the-Park which consists the four main pockets: Water, Math, Music, and Living. It 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.

    Also read: The Mind Museum in BGC: A World-Class Science Museum in Manila

    Hours: 9 am to 6 pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)
    Contact: 02-909-6463
    Website: themindmuseum.org

    Facebook: The Mind Museum

    Ayala Museum (As of June 1, 2019, Ayala Museum is closed for renovation)
    Makati Ave. cor. De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City

    Located at the central business district of Makati, the Ayala Museum’s four-story gallery presents a wide collection of archeological artifacts, dioramas, and chronological exhibition of major events in the Philippine history, as well as a display of the finest artworks from leading Filipino artists.

    Also read: Ayala Museum

    Contact: 02-759-8288
    Facebook: Ayala Museum
    Website: ayalamuseum.org

    Museo Pambata
    Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive, Manila

    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. Unlike traditional museums, Museo Pambata features hands-on exhibits that encourage children to explore and discover various concepts while they play.

    Also read: Museo Pambata

    Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays); 1 pm to 5 pm (Sundays)
    Contact: 02-523-1797 to 98 / 02-536-0595
    Website: museopambata.org

    Museo de Intramuros
    Old site of the San Ignacio Church, Corner of Arzobispo and Anda Streets, Intramuros, Manila

    The Museo de Intramuros features the history of Catholic evangelization in the country. It is built on top of the ruins of the Church of San Ignacio, a Jesuit church designed by a Filipino architect Felix Roxas in 1878.

    Also read: Museo de Intramuros Exhibits 400 Years of Filipino Religious Craftsmanship

    Ilocos Regional Museum
    Burgos, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

    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.

    Also read: VIGAN TRAVEL: Ilocos Regional Museum Complex Showcases Prominent Figures in Ilocano History

    Hours:  8 am to 4 pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)
    Contact: 02-527-1215
    Facebook: NM Ilocos Regional Museum Complex

    Marcos Museum and Mausoleum
    #10-N Lacub, Marcos Ave., Batac, Ilocos Norte

    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 the dictator’s life through the years, all the way until he ran for president in 1965.

    Also read: Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Ilocos Norte: From ancestral home to museum

    Hours: 9 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm (Mondays to Sundays)

     

    Museo Kordilyera
    30 Gov. Pack Rd, Baguio, 2602 Benguet

    Located inside the University of the Philippines Baguio, the three-story Museo Kordilyera is the first ethnographic museum in the Northern part of the Philippines. 

    Also read: Museo Kordilyera

    Contact details: 0919-324-7743 (Smart) and 0956-280-7065 (Globe)
    Facebook: Museo Kordilyera – UP Baguio Ethnographic Museum

    Nova Shell Museum
    Poblacion Proper, Poblacion, Panglao Island, Bohol

    The Nova Shell Museum, founded by Mr. Quirino Hora, boasts an amazing collection of seashells that come from different parts of the world. The shells in his collection are worth decades of exploration, which includes the world’s smallest— the Rotaovula Hirohitoi.

    Also read: Nova Shell Museum in Panglao, Bohol: One of the Biggest Shell Collections in the World

    Hours: 8 am to 5 pm

               
               
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