5 Museums in Manila

by | Aug 7, 2017

They say that one of the best ways to get to know a city is by visiting its museums. That’s why it’s good to find some time to visit museums when traveling to new places. Not only will it enrich you with interesting facts and stories, it’s also a very low-cost activity. When you’re in Manila for a quick trip or a stopover, make sure you visit some of the best museums in town!

1. San Agustin Museum

 

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Revisit the history of Manila through the walled city of Intramuros. Intramuros is home to the oldest stone church in the Philippines, the San Agustin Church. Adjacent to the church is its museum that shelters a precious collection of artifacts ranging from religious art, novelties, and clothing from the 16th century. San Agustin Museum is truly one of the best places to see a preview of the Philippine history.

 

Address: General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila

Museum hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entrance fee: Php 100 for adults, Php 50 for students

 


2. Vargas Museum

 

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Vargas Museum, named after first Executive Jorge B. Vargas, is a museum inside the University of the Philippines that features contemporary artists and their works. Recent artists featured in the museum include Jaime Pacena II, LJ Ablola, and Dexter Sy. Aside from this, the museum also exhibits a prestige selection of works from nationally acclaimed artists such as Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, and Vicente Manansala.

 

Address: Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Museum hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entrance fee: Php 30 for adults, Php 20 for UP students

 


3. The Mind Museum

 

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Witness the beauty of science come alive in the Mind Museum. The museum boasts five crafted galleries that focuses on different areas of science, namely; The Atom Gallery, The Earth Gallery, The Life Gallery, The Universe Gallery, and the Technology Gallery. Each gallery offers a unique interactive learning experience that will surely marvel people from all ages. The Mind Museum is also the first museum to permanently exhibit a T-Rex installation in the Philippines.

 

Address: JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City

Museum hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entrance fee: For adults, Php 750 for an all day pass on Tuesdays to Saturdays, Php 600 for a three-hour pass on Tuesdays to Saturdays, and Php 600 for an all day pass on Sundays. Php 450 for children and private school students. Php 150 for public school students and teachers.

 


4. Ayala Museum

 

 

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If you are into golds and treasures, then you shouldn’t miss visiting Ayala Museum. The museum holds an impressive collection of priceless jewelry and other ornaments from the pre-colonial period of Philippine history. Apart from this exhibit, the Ayala Museum also showcases historical artifacts from the Chinese and South East Asian trade including ceramic novelties like plates and vases. The museum also introduced “The Diorama Experience”, an audio presentation that narrates the most important events in Philippine history.

 

Address: Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City

Museum hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entrance fee: Php 225 for adults, Php 125 for students, senior citizens, and Makati residents

 


5. National Museum

 

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The National Museum is the biggest and most visited museum in the country. The building was originally designed to live as a national library, but eventually transformed into a museum. The National Museum houses the most prestige artworks of the country including Juan Luna’s “Spoliarium” and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s “El Asesinato del Gobernador Bustamante”. The museum is also home to rich cultural artifacts from all over the country.

 

Address: Padre Burgos Drive, Manila

Museum hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entrance fee: Free admission

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