10 Must-Visit Museums in the Philippines
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.
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Hours: 9 am to 6 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
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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.
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)
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.
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.
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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.
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Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays); 1 pm to 5 pm (Sundays)
Contact: 02-523-1797 to 98 / 02-536-0595
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.
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.
Hours: 8 am to 4 pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)
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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.
Hours: 9 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm (Mondays to Sundays)
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.
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Contact details: 0919-324-7743 (Smart) and 0956-280-7065 (Globe)
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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.
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm