With the recent announcement of the National Museum of the Philippines that they will forever be opening their doors to the public for free (yes, may forever), it’s high time that you gather your family and friends for an exciting and inspiring museum hopping!

Here are 5 other museums you can visit in or near Manila.

Pinto Art Gallery in Antipolo, Rizal

Pinto Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of houseofwards.com

Pinto Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of houseofwards.com

Perhaps the most Instagram-worthy museum out of this list is Pinto Art, so why not start with this?

Pinto’s 1.2 hectare-property houses modern and contemporary art pieces made by local artists. Each “house” or building in Pinto features pieces with different themes, some are about social issues while some exhibits old artifacts. There’s even a dark room jam-packed with man-made bamboo trees where the only sounds you’ll hear are water droplets, birds chirping, and the natural sounds of the forest. The white façade of the museum is reminiscent of the famous town of Santorini in Greece. The picture worthy mixture of artistic buildings and façade matched along with the greenery brings hoards of visitors to the place daily.

Entrance fee: Regular – P200,PWD- P180, Students with valid ID – P100
Hours: Open from Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Address: San Roque, Antipolo, Rizal

 

Museo Pambata

Façade of MuseoPambata located in the former Manila Elks Club building. Photo courtesy of museopambata.org

Façade of MuseoPambata located in the former Manila Elks Club building. Photo courtesy of museopambata.org

“Where learning begins and fun never ends!”

No grade schooler’s life would be complete without having visited the MuseoPambata at least once on a field trip. So why not go back, bring your cute ‘pamangkins and reminisce about the good ol’ times? The museum was inspired by Boston Children’s Museum and built as an interactive museum for children, the first in the country. Not only was the museum built for kids but also for young-at-heart adults who want to join in while the youngsters play in the eight themed rooms of Museo Pambata. They also host events like the upcoming storytelling workshop with actor Bodjie Pascua, performances by the Philippine National Folk Dance Company, and Haraya Storytelling Hour.

Entrance fee: P250 for children above 2-years-old and adults, Free admissions for museum workers and teachers with valid IDs, Free admissions for Manila residents with valid IDs (free on Tuesdays and 50% discount on other days)
Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM, closed for lunch from 12 NN to 1 PM
(Tuesdays to Saturdays)
1 PM to 5 PM (Sunday)
Address: Along Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila

The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City

Mind Museum’s Light Bridge; connects the Atome Galllery to the Universe Gallery. Photo courtesy of The Mind Museum

Mind Museum’s Light Bridge; connects the Atome Gallery to the Universe Gallery. Photo courtesy of The Mind Museum

The Mind Museum has five innovative galleries; Atom, Earth, Life, Universe, and Technology, that encourage learning through fun and interactive displays. The 12, 500 square-meter museum features over 250 interactive exhibits about science, technology, and the universe. Visitors can walk around the whole museum at their own pace and in case they need assistance, the “mind movers” are capable of answering your science queries. Both children and adults can gawk at the 40-foot T-rex skeletal exhibit or lie down to gaze up at the “stars” at the Space shell, a mini planetarium.

Entrance fee: P750 for an all-day pass (Tuesday to Saturday); P600 for a three-hour pass (Tuesday to Saturday) and an all-day pass for adults (Sunday); P450 for children and private school students; P150 for public school students and teachers.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m to 6 p.m
Address: J. Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila

Light and Sound Museum in Intramuros

Lights and Sounds Museum was formerly Beateria de San Ignacio, the first nunnery in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of ensogo.com.ph

Lights and Sounds Museum was formerly Beateria de San Ignacio, the first nunnery in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of ensogo.com.ph

Intramuros is a wonder on its own with all the old houses and important structures around that will please one’s eyesight. One of the many museums in Intramuros is the Light and Sound museum. This museum takes visitors back in time to when the Philippines was still under Spanish colonial rule. Through the use of digital images, sound, and animatronics, the Filipinos’ struggle for freedom can be relieved.

Entrance Fee: P100 each for a group of 10 (Be sure to bring your barkada since the fee gets cheaper when there are more visitors)
Hours: First show starts at 10 AM and last show starts at 6 PM.
Address: Sta. Lucia cor. Victoria St. (near Baluartillo de San Diego), Intramuros, Manila

 

University of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences

University of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences. Photo courtesy of wikimedia.org

The university of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences. Photo courtesy of wikimedia.org

Special call to all Thomasians!

The UST Museum of Arts and Sciences is the country’s oldest museum and while it is small compared to other museums, the beautiful paintings and artifacts are still truly remarkable. It is home to historical artifacts such as the friars voting dice used to decide on a student’s grades (a historical take on your “nangroroleta ng grade” professors) and as written on their website, “displays specimens of Natural History, Coins, Medals and Memorabilia, Ethnographic materials, Oriental Arts objects, Philippine Religious Images, and Paintings.” It is also home to different ecclesiastical relics like the chair Pope John Paul II sat on during his 1981 visit in Manila.The museum is located in the university’s main building.

Entrance fee: Free to all Thomasian students and part of the administration as long as you present your ID and 50 pesos for non-Thomasians.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 8.30am-4.30pm.
Address: Main Building, University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard. 1015

 

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Photo coutesy of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Photo courtesy of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is both an open-air museum and heritage park located in Bagac, Bataan. Jose Acuzar started to restore Spanish mansions back in Bagac in 2003. He purchased other cultural houses from around the country (Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, La Union, Ilocos, Cagayan), relocated it brick by brick to Bagac, and renewed the individual houses to their old glory. It was turned into a heritage park open to the public back in 2010. The 400-hectare park now features 27 Spanish colonial buildings and stone houses so reminiscent of the old world that you might just bump into Maria Clara right around the corner.

Entrance Fee: 999 pesos to 1899 pesos depending on the Day Tour package you prefer.
Hours: There are several tours conducted throughout the day starting from 8:30 AM.
Address: Bagac, Bataan

The Philippines is a hodgepodge of different cultures and traditions. What a better way to learn and appreciate but through art? (Nina Ibarrola)

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