While quarantine protocols prevent Filipinos nationwide from visiting their favorite museums in honor of International Museum Day, that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to seeing them again. Check out sneak peeks of the country’s top 10 museums you need to visit after the lockdown!
Pintô Art Museum (Antipolo)
Visit the Pintô Art Museum and browse through the works of many contemporary Filipino artists. Marvel at Dr. Joven Cuanang’s collection as each piece brings diverse communities together. Witness how minimalism, surrealism, and social realism, among other movements, are portrayed from a uniquely Filipino perspective.
Upside Down Museum (Pasay)
Experience the familiar in reverse. Get creative in everyday scenarios carefully curated to challenge the limits of your imagination. What are you waiting for? Strike a pose at the Upside Down Museum!
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bataan)
Do you ever listen to stories of Old Manila in all its glory and wish you could have seen it for yourself? Go on an interactive tour in Las Casas, home to restored Spanish-Filipino homes. You can even stay at the hotel to experience beauty in a world like no other.
Museo Pambata (Manila)
Encourage learning about history, the human body, the environment, and more in Museo Pambata’s themed rooms. Take a step further than simply looking at artifacts encased in glass and get a hands-on experience unlike any other. They even have Karapatan Hall, an area for hosting cultural activities centered around the Rights of the Child.
Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo
Feel a renewed sense of Filipino pride as you surround yourself in architecture and artifacts made without any foreign influence. May its collection showcase the home of Filipinos thoroughly involved in the Philippine Revolution.
Balay Negrense (Silay)
Negros Occidental’s first museum gives its visitors a taste of a 19th-century Negrense sugar baron’s lifestyle. What was once an ancestral house left unused, it now stands as a century-old, popular tourist spot reminiscent of the American colonial influence.
Casa Gorordo (Cebu)
For tourists looking for traces of Spanish influence, Casa Gorordo should definitely be on your list. Travel back in time to an average Filipino home in the 19th century filled with religious ornaments such as statues and figurines of saints, antiques, modern-day art exhibits, and more.
Take the focus off of artifacts for a moment and immerse yourself in the storytellers behind them. Learn more about the island’s ecology, the artistic practices behind each work of art, and how they complement academic information for the youth.
Rizal Park and Shrine (Dapitan)
Have you ever wondered what the most famous national hero during his time in exile? Now you can relive parts of his life. Browse through his personal correspondence with loved ones. Gain a deeper understanding of his love for the country beyond what’s portrayed in your history books. The Rizal Park and Shrine have the answers you’re looking for and more.
Tribu K’ Mindanawan (Davao)
Stroll around the Tribu K’ Mindanawan cultural village to get glimpses of the lives, cultures, and homes of Mindanao’s indigenous groups. And when you visit during the weekend, you can even watch live performances of Singkil and other traditional dances, as well as their breathtaking fire shows.
Which Museum Caught Your Eye?
There’s a story behind every artifact, architectural structure, and performance in all of these museums. Visit your local museum. Listen closely to their backgrounds. View life from a different perspective.