3 must-visit museums in Manila

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Posted at Jan 12 2018 03:53 PM

One way to get in touch with the history and culture of a country is through visiting its museums.

That's why in the Philippines, museums are often tagged as locations for school field trips, and as destinations for tourists.

While these museums are easily accessible across Metro Manila, many Filipinos still have not been able to visit them.

Here are three museums worth checking out, to celebrate Filipino culture and spread appreciation of Filipino artists.

1. Calvo Museum

Calvo Building signage placed near the entrance, graced with some Christmas decorations.

Collection of old Manila newspapers trapped inside a glass display case at Calvo Museum in Escolta, Binondo, Manila.

An old bottle of lemon soda is exhibited among many others inside a glass cabinet at Calvo Museum in Escolta.

A quiet room of old bottles, music sheets from the 1900s and other memorabilia from the past in Calvo Museum.

This small museum that can be found along Escolta--a famous Philippine heritage site that served as the principal business street in Manila--houses memorabilia from old bottles to music sheets and newspapers back in the 1900s.

Calvo Museum is located inside the Calvo Building that has stood strong until now since it was erected in 1938. This pre-war structure has been home to a lot of significant companies in history like the Philippine Bank of Commerce, broadcasting radio stations and recording studios.

If you visit this place on a weekday, expect an all-exclusive tour with your friends because it does not get many visitors on work days.

Address: Escolta cor. Soda Streets, Binondo, Manila
Schedule: Mondays to Fridays (9 AM - 5 PM), Saturdays (9 AM - 12 NN)
Admission: P50 (Adults) - P20 (Students)

2. Metropolitan Museum of Manila

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila's facade facing the Roxas Boulevard.

The first phase of the Philippine Pavilion homecoming exhibit, "MUHON: Traces of an Adolescent City" in the Metropolitan Museum.

A scale model of the Manila Central Post Office building against other architectural works of Juan Arellano in the exhibit, "Framing the Spectacle of Space" in the Metropolitan Museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET) exhibits contemporary art of Filipino and international artists in its two-storey gallery. This structure was originally built to house the best of art from abroad for Filipino people to experience and witness first-hand. Today, the museum is now encouraging #ArtForAll that showcases all forms of art--may it be text, audio, or visual.

The MET was is also one of the first museums to promote visual art for the visually impaired, posting braille stands beside some paintings exhibited at the second floor of galleries.

If you visit the MET in December, you can catch their architectural exhibit on Juan Arellano’s works in 'Framing the Spectacle of Space' and the MUHON: Traces of an Adolescent City, a homecoming exhibit of the first ever Philippine pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. They are on display until December 29.

Address: BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila
Schedule: Mondays to Saturdays (10 AM - 4:30 PM)
Admission: P100 (Adults and children above 3-years old) - P80 (Senior citizens and PWDs)

Take note: MET admissions are free on Tuesdays!

3. The National Art Gallery, National Museum of the Philippines

The National Museum facade with the Philippine flag on pole and a light post erected in front of the building.

The National Museum north wing gallery hallway painted in pink.

An elegant Art Deco designed staircase lit up with natural light from the frosted glass fixed in the ceiling of the National Museum.

The National Museum of the Philippines is home to different art, and houses collections of various art and artifacts. It is divided into several sections primarily Fine Arts, Anthropology, and Natural History, which is a new addition.

The National Art Gallery exhibits Philippine art from the 17th to 20th centuries, and also features modern and contemporary art of today's Filipino artists. Among the famous paintings there are some by revolutionary Filipino artist Juan Luna, including the Spoliarium.

Address: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila
Schedule: Tuesdays to Sundays (10 AM - 5 PM)
Admission: Free

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