May 11, 2021

Museums and Art Galleries in the Philippines You Can Visit Virtually

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  • Aside from being a source of Instagram-worthy pictures and stories, museums and art galleries also educate the public in the most insightful and moving ways.  They narrate our history as a people and remind us of the lessons we can learn from the past.

    If 2021 was like two years ago, we would have already featured the best local museums you could visit around the metro. But since that’s not the case, we’ll just show you the ones you can freely visit online from the comfort of your home.

    Museo de Intramuros

    One of the newest museums in the metro, Museo de Intramuros opened its gates to the public in May 2019. It exhibits religious artifacts such as altarpieces and paintings that the Intramuros Administration (IA) has collected and curated throughout the years. If you can’t drop by, IA has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to create six online exhibitions of religious sculptures made from different materials such as bones and wood. This includes a collection of ivory figures from Macau and Goa, and other ecclesiastic art crafted during the Spanish colonial period.

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

    National Museum of Fine Arts

    IMAGE from National Museum of the Philippines Facebook page

    Also known as the National Art Gallery, it houses the masterpieces of our country’s most celebrated artists such as Juan Luna‘s Spolarium and Botong Franciso‘s Filipino Struggles through History. It launched Sulyap Museo, a 360-degree virtual tour where visitors can visit 9 of its galleries online, to celebrate its 119th Foundation Day. Visitors may click on the pieces in the exhibition halls to learn more about them.

    Ayala Museum

    IMAGE from Ayala Museum Facebook page

    The Ayala Museum has been temporarily closed for renovation since 2019, but it has a strong Internet presence through its online resources on arts and culture on its website. The Ayala museum’s official YouTube channel also features the rich culture and traditions of indigenous Filipinos through its curated content tackling different topics such as life and religion.

    Presidential Museum and Library

    IMAGE from Malacañang Palace

    Want to know more about our colorful, yet somehow dark political history? Then visit the Presidential Museum and Library in Malacañang with this 360° virtual tour via Google Arts and Culture. Here, online visitors may view portraits and pictures of former presidents and their respective families, political campaign memorabilia, historical book collections, and other interesting items linked to our previous heads of state.

    Pinto Art Museum

    IMAGE from Pinto Art Museum Facebook page

    The Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo is a two-hectare contemporary art haven housing a collection of works from renowned Filipino artists such Antonio Leaño, Elmer Borlongan, Jose John Santos III, and Emmanuel Garibay. Its main catalogue and collections are up for viewing online. As one of 2016’s most Instagrammed museums in the world, it also encourages visitors to explore the museum through the hashtag #PintoArtMuseumTour.

    Palacio de Memoria

    Palacio de Memoria is one of the few houses along Roxas Boulevard that survived the infamous Battle of Manila. The pre-war mansion was restored by the Lhuilliers to house their extensive collection of imported antiques, fine china, and priceless paintings. Its intricately structured and ornamented rooms can also be rented out for holding private events and functions. Interested visitors may explore the mansion here.

    Also Read:  Palacio de Memoria: A Bearer of Centuries-Worth of History in Parañaque City

    Ateneo Art Gallery

    IMAGE from Ateneo Art Gallery Facebook page

    Referred to as the “first” museum of Philippine modern art, the Ateneo Art Gallery in Quezon City houses contemporary and experimental arts such as paintings, sculptures, and installations. It also exhibits the personal collection of the late business magnate and art collector Fernando Zobel. Visitors may explore its exhibitions across three floors through this link.

    Written by Paolo Mabuyo

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