Most Beautiful Museums in Manila
Museums – undoubtedly, each of them has their own interesting stories to share. They allow people to experience the vague fine line between ‘learning’ and ‘having fun’.
In the Philippines, museums’ windows and doors open its people to the world’s most magical discoveries and wonderful trivia about a country’s people, history and art culture.
Suffice to say, museums are one great and exciting way you can expose yourself to the most interesting facts about the world or a specific country. Here are some of the most beautiful museums you can visit around the Metro.
1. The Mind Museum
There are over 250 interactive exhibits through five interconnected stories inside the Mind Museum. 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 of 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 the Mind Museum’s official website.
● Adult – Php 625
● Student (up to college) – Php 475
● Public school student and teacher (ID required) – Php 190
● All-day pass – Php 750
- Address: J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
- Museum Hours: Monday – Closed; There are 3 time slots during Tuesdays to Sundays – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Contact: 02-7909-6463
- Facebook: facebook.com/themindmuseum
- Website: themindmuseum.org
2. Ayala Museum
Ayala Museum boasts its collection of archaeological artifacts, an impressive selection of trade ceramics from Southeast Asia and China and an exhibition called The Philippine Diorama Experience which is visually narrating the many milestones of Philippine history through 60 handcrafted dioramas, some are even featured in the international Google Art Project.
Since 2013, Ayala Museum was also known as the home of the Filipinas Heritage Library. It is a modern library where you can find uncommon books, photographs, recordings, and more—in both physical and digital formats, as well as access to over a thousand contemporary titles on Philippine arts, culture, and history.
On June 2019, the Ayala Museum closed for renovation. All programs such as exhibitions and workshops will continue offsite and online through Ayala Museum On-The-Go.
Also read: Ayala Museum On-The-Go Begins Next Month
- Address: Makati Avenue cor. De La Rosa St., Makati City
- Contact: 02-7759-8288
- Facebook: facebook.com/theayalamuseum/
- Website: ayalamuseum.org/
3. Ateneo Art Gallery
Located in the Second level of Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, The Ateneo Art Gallery was widely recognized today as the first museum of Philippine modern art.
Founded by Fernando Zobel, a Spanish-Filipino painter and art collector, the Ateneo Art Gallery was established in 1960. Today, the museum remains popular and visited by many philanthropists, artists and art enthusiasts as it hosts innovative exhibitions and public programs highlighting works from its permanent collection as well as works from other collections for special thematic shows.
It also spearheads an exciting overview of young Philippine contemporary art annually through the Ateneo Art Awards, known as the most prestigious prize for an emerging artist in the Philippines.
● Ateneo students, faculty, staff and individual visitors: Free Admission
● Tour groups larger than 15 people: Php 60/head
- Address: Level 2, Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University
- Museum Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Contact: 02-8426-6488
- Facebook: facebook.com/ateneoartgallery/
- Website: www.ateneoartgallery.org/
4. 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.
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.
● Adults and Children over 2 years old: Php 250
● Museum workers and teachers with valid IDs: Free Admission
● Manila residents with valid IDs: Free Admission on Tuesdays and get 50% discount on other days
● Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities: 20% discount
- Address: Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive, Manila
- Museum Hours: Monday: CLOSED; Tuesdays to Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Contact: 02-8523-1797/ 02-8523-1798
- Facebook: facebook.com/museopambata
- Website: museopambata.org/
5. National Museum of the Philippines: Museum of the Filipino People and National Art Gallery
The National Museum, the repository, and guardian of the Philippines’ natural and cultural heritage is an educational, scientific and cultural institution under the Philippine government.
The structure has lived more than a hundred years and houses the most important ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological and visual artistry of the Philippines from the prehistoric period to the modern times.
Here you can see artworks of some of the Philippines’ most well-known artists like Juan Luna, National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal and National Artist Fernando Amorsolo.
● Admission is now FREE for all
- Address: NHCP Building, T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila
- Museum Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Contact: 02-8527-7889
- Facebook: facebook.com/nationalmuseumofthephilippines/
- Website: nationalmuseum.gov.ph/
6. Philippine Science Centrum
Philippine Science Centrum (PSC) is the first interactive science center-museum in the country. Established in 1990, the museum already accommodated over 2.9 million students, teachers and the public in general. Philippine Science Centrum (PSC) features around 80 interactive exhibits. You will surely learn a lot about the wonders of science through their hands-on exhibits that you can see, touch, hear, feel and even play with!
Plus, the Philippine Science Centrum offers training/workshops for teaching competencies, traveling exhibitions in the countryside and venues for birthday parties, corporate events, and science-related events. To see the full list of offers, rates, and schedules, you can visit their official website at science-centrum.ph/
● Regular admission: Php 200
● Teachers with ID and children under 2 years old: Free
● Senior Citizen with ID: 50% discount
- Address: E-com Building, Riverbanks Center, Marikina City
- Museum Hours: Monday to Saturday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Contact: 02-8942-5136
- Facebook: facebook.com/philippinesciencecentrum
- Website: www.science-centrum.ph/
Wear the most comfortable clothes and shoes you have when going to a museum because surely, you’ll be doing a lot of walking inside that big world of wonder. Also, don’t forget to bring your camera with you and a little notepad for taking down interesting facts to share with your friends! Do you know what’s the best companion you can get yourself during museum trips? Curiosity and a sense of wonder.