May 17, 2017

#IMD2017: Which museums in Manila you can visit for FREE

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  • Tomorrow, the whole world will celebrate International Museum Day, a day that commemorates each and every museum in the globe for their contributions to society. Museums celebrate this momentous event by having their own event commemorating the day or by giving everyone a free pass inside their museum.

    Also read: International Museum Day 2017: Museums as tools for creating peaceful communities

    While all museums under the National Museum are already free of charge for the entire year, we thought we’d give you an extra list of museums you can visit complete free of charge (save for travel expenses) for #IMD2017:

    Yuchengco Museum

    Created as an art gallery to showcase the art collection of the late Alfonso Yuchengco, RCBC Plaza’s Yuchengco Museum is opening its doors to everyone for free on May 18 in celebration of International Museum Day.

    Get to see the following exhibits and galleries on display at the Yuchengco Museum:

    • Jewelry, home furnishings, objets d’art, and couture of Burmese jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong
    • Paintings and other works by the country’s roster of National Artists for Visual Arts
    • Tony Gonzales and Tes Pasola’s Suspended Garden installation
    • See portraits of OFWs in France, seen through the lens of Ryan Arbilo

    You can find the Yuchengco Museum at RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave. cor. Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave., Makati City. They will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on May 18, 2017.

    Metropolitan Museum of Manila

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    We all know the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, sometimes called the MET Museum, for letting people in free of charge every Tuesday (10:00 am – 5:30 pm) and giving a free guided tour of their main exhibitions every Saturday at 2:00 pm.

    What you may have not noticed is that they have also been a part of #IMD2017 for as long as we can remember. Not only will they be letting everyone in for free tomorrow, May 18, they’re upping the ante with free guided tours of the following exhibits:

    11:00 am: Seascapes: Tranquility and Agitation; AbotTanaw: Tracking Local Horizons

    3:00 pm: Mapping the Philippine Seas: Maps and Charts of the Philippine Archipelago from the 16th to the 19th Centuries with Dr. Jaime C. Laya

    The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Complex, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila. They’ll be open from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on May 18.

    Casa Manila

    IMAGE Intramuros PHL on Twitter

    If you’re into looking at how people lived in the Philippines prior to the arrival of the Americans, then a visit to Casa Manila in Intramuros is a must. They’ve chosen to let go of their entrance fee for May 18, so if you want to get your fill of Spanish occupation living, then head for Casa Manila tomorrow!

    Casa Manila is located at Plaza San Luis Complex, Gen. Luna St. cor. Real St., Intramuros, Manila. It’s open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Ayala Museum

    IMAGE Ayala Museum

    If you’re not looking to venture too far away from Makati’s Ayala Center, then we suggest dropping by the Ayala Museum. It’s that museum on the corner of Makati Ave. and Dela Rosa St. that’s sitting in front of Greenbelt 3.

    They’re celebrating International Museum Day a day later than the rest, but the delay is #WORTH. Not only are they doing it on a Friday, they’re also staying open later than usual! Can you say #datenight?

    But that’s not the best part! Apart from free entrance to all of their exhibits, all guests will have a chance to attend special themed tours, join art activities, dine on Mindanao specialty food stalls, and attend a talk by the artists behind Manara: Toym Imao and Liliana Manahan.

    The Ayala Museum is located at Dela Rosa St. cor. Makati Ave., Makati City. They’ll be open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on May 19, 2017.

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