QUEZON City, Philippines (February 17) – A great artist by the name of Pablo Picasso also once said that “Every child is an artist; the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
The same can be said about every other vocation. A child is so full of potential that they can be anything they want when they grow up.
To give them that helpful nudge, a visit to the museum may be what they need to be the next great artist, writer, scientist or whatever. Good thing, the Metro abounds with many museums – whether dedicated to the arts, the culture, history
We took the pleasure of creating a list of must-visit museums around the metro!
Take your kid or if you don’t have one, treat yourself! After all, you never know when inspiration will strike!
Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Located at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, you can expect to see pre-Hispanic gold and pottery artifacts and artworks that showcase the Filipino way of living from 8th to 13th century. Metropolitan Museum of Manila is open from Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30pm.
PHP 100.00 – Children above three years old, students, adults & foreign guest
PHP 80.00 – Senior citizen and persons with disabilities.
Contact information: 708-7829 | www.metmuseum.ph
Philippine Science Centrum
Can be found at the E-com Building of Riverbanks Center in Marikina City, this museum features science and technology pieces. Tagged to be the first interactive science museum in the country, visitors will get to touch, hear, see and hear everything about science as they explore the Philippine Science Centrum. Open from Mondays-Saturdays 8:00am to 5:00pm.
PHP 120.00 – Adults and students from private school
PHP 95.00- Public schools and free for teachers and children below 2 years old
Contact information: 942-5136 | www.science-centrum.ph/
Located inside the walled city of Intramuros, Bahay Tsinoy showcases the history of the Chinese in the Philippines, from the pre-historic era up until the 20th century. Open every Tuesdays to Sundays, 1 to 5 pm.
PHP 100.00 – Adult
PHP 60.00 – Children & Students
Contact Information: 527-6083 | www.bahaytsinoy.org
National Museum of the Philippines: Museum of the Filipino People and National Art Gallery
Situated at the heart of the Metro, along T.M. Kalaw Street in Ermita Manila, this is where the famous “Spoliarium” of equally famous Filipino painter, Juan Luna. It also houses archaeological treasures in the Museum of the Filipino People and The Hall of the Masters in National Art Gallery. Open every Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and visiting this museum will not cost you a single peso for there’s no entrance fee to pay.
Contact: 254-7482 | www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph/
The Museum at De La Salle University
Can be found at the second level of the Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall in De La Salle University in Taft Avenue Metro Manila, this museum inside the campus proudly stores rare drawings of Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Vicente Manansala, Fernando Amorsolo and Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or popularly known as Bencab. Open every Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and 9:00 AM-12:00 noon during Saturdays.
PHP 25.00 – Non-DLSU Filipino students and individuals
PHP 50.00 – Foreigners
Contact: 524-4611 | www.themuseum.dlsu.edu.ph
UP Vargas Museum
Positioned along Roxas Avenue at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, it boasts to have the collection of works by late 19th century artists such as Lorenzo Guerrero, Simon Flores, Juan Luna, and Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo. Open every 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesdays to Saturdays.
PHP 20.00 – UP students, alumni, faculty and employees
PHP 30.00 – Outsiders
Contact Information: 928-1927
Casa Manila Museum
Located at Plaza San Luis Complex, just across the historic San Agustin church inside the walled city of Intramuros, Casa Manila is a museum that depicts the colonial lifestyle during the Spanish colonization in the Philippines. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
PHP 75.00 – Adults
PHP 50.00 – Students, teachers and senior citizens
Contact Information: 02- 527-4084
Pinto Art Museum
Though technically not situated inside the metro, Pinto Art Museum is a budding art museum located in Grand Heights Subdivision in Antipolo, Rizal. The museum’s name is derived from its purpose, “pinto” which means door in Filipino; it surely can provide you a getaway to the world of modern and contemporary art. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
PHP 200 – Regular
PHP 180 – Senior Citizens and PWD
PHP 100 – Students
Contact Information: 697 1015
Also known as the Calvo Museum, can be found in the oldest parts of Manila is originally owned by a wealthy widowed named Emiliana Calvo in 1938. It houses old Manila memorabilia. However, one of its most remarkable art pieces is the Ginebra bottle designed by Fernando Amorsolo. Furthermore, the actual structure itself can serve as a work of art that is worth visiting. Open Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN during Saturdays.
PHP 50.00 – Regular
PHP 20.00 – Students
Contact Information: 241 4762
Rizal Shrine Museum
A museum located Fort Santiago, Intramuros Manila, dedicated to showcase the life and works of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.
PHP 100.00 – Regular
Contact Information: 491 3994
(written by Aronica Azores, edited by Jay Paul Carlos, additional research by Vince Alvin Villarin)