If you know the Philippines, then you are probably aware that it is famous for its beautiful beaches and several islands. But it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at the museums offered all over the country, ranging from pottery to paintings to local houses and buildings, and many more.
The Philippines has been visited and colonized by different countries, making its culture so diverse. While already having a culture, several countries were able to influence the locals and progress the society.
Here are some of the local museums to look into when you visit the Philippines. Aside from the linked article, others have been added to the list as well.
National Museum of the Philippines
A national museum complex, located in Manila, is made up of four different branches. They are the National Museum of Fine Arts (formerly the National Art Gallery), National Museum of the Anthropology (formerly the National Museum of the Filipino People), National Planetarium, and the National Museum of Natural History.
Nearby these museums, you can also find the national park, Rizal Park.
Admission to any of the museums is free to both local and tourists.
University of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences
The oldest existing museum in the Philippines and is located in the campus of University of Santo Tomas. It first started out with collections of medical materials ranging from plants to animals. Today, it also exhibits pieces from the visual arts, and local history.
Admission costs 30php for local students and 50php for adults, but it’s free if you have any UST ID.
Found in the island of Cebu, Museo Sugbo is a museum with not only exhibitions of historical art and artifacts but also a transformed museum from the past. It used to be a Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), also called “Carcel de Cebu.” Now a provincial museum that can be visited by locals and foreign tourists.
Admission fees are collected for the maintainance of the museum, charging 10php to local students and senior citizens, 30php to local adults, 50php to foreign students, and 75php to foreign adults.
Located in Davao, Mindanao, and is one of the two museums of Davao City. It had been restored in order to exhibit the rich culture and history of the Davao locals. It is divided into four rooms, Indigenous People’s Gallery, Moro People’s Gallery, Contemporary Gallery, and Memorabilia Gallery.
Entrance fee is free.
Too Many to List Down!
While only three were listed, there are more to check out such as Palawan Museum, Museo Pambata, Fort San Pedro, and so much more! Have you visited any of these places yet?
Featured and 1st Image from “Top 10 Museums to Visit in Manila (2014 edition)” Spot.ph https://www.spot.ph/things-to-do/57462/top-10-museums-to-visit-in-manila-2014-edition
2nd Image from “IN PHOTOS: A look inside the new National Museum of Natural History” Abs-cbn.com https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/11/01/17/in-photos-a-look-inside-the-new-national-museum-of-natural-history
3rd Image from “UST Museum of Arts and Sciences” Philippine Museums https://philippinemuseums.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/ust-museum-of-arts-and-sciences/
4th Image taken by Tom Cockrem, retrieved from “Museo Sugbo.” Lonely Planet. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/philippines/cebu-city/attractions/museo-sugbo/a/poi-sig/1449573/357333
5th Image from “Museo Dabawenyo.” LovePilipinas. https://lovepilipinas.com/museo-dabawenyo/