17 Best Museums You Should Visit in Metro Manila

17 Best Museums You Should Visit in Metro Manila

Museums collect and preserve materials of cultural, religious and historical significance. They serve as links between the society and their colourful past. They create a unique interactive experience for people to get up close with things that are normally seen and read in books.

Today, museums educate, support research, and encourage tourism. The more modern ones have improved and became more interactive. Here’s a complete list of local museums that you can visit-whether you’re alone, with a date or the whole family.

Why Include Museums in Your Itinerary

Metro Manila is a bustling city, heavy traffic a sole proof of that. The new administration waived fees for government managed museums, giving us more reason to explore the metro. Here’s why Metro Manila museums should be part of your must visits:

Discover History and Other Interesting Information

History is best seen and experienced through museums. One can see the whole story of a nation’s past with the collections of artifacts and evidences of how a civilization, city or country started. It will help you understand the nation more.

Experience Science

Science themed museums are best for those with curious behind what makes everything work. These interactive places allows children and adults to explore what they can only see in books into actual application.

Get a Dose of Art and Culture

Museums are for those who love the arts and culture too. If you want to see what’s unqiue to a locality, then all you have to do is go visit a museum. You’ll get to know how people eat and dress.  There are also displays of old and contemporary painting, sculpture and on some occasions, jewelry designs. 

Metro Manila is home to a lot of museums, there are the outstanding options that you surely wouldn’t want to miss!

17 Museums You Wouldn’t Want to Miss in Metro Manila

Whether you want to hangout, go on a date or take a break from malls and opt for these amazing museums instead! Here’s a list of the best museums in Metro Manila that you shouldn't miss.

National Museum

National Museum

National Museum

National Museum of the Philippines tops the list of must-visit museums in Metro Manila. It houses an extensive collection of the most important artifacts, art pieces such as La Spoliarium of Juan Luna and educational galleries. National Museum group includes the National Art Gallery, The Museum of the Filipino People, The Planetarium, etc.

  • Address: P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila
  • Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Admission: Free

 

Museo ng Katipunan

Museo ng Katipunan

Museo ng Katipunan

Museo ng Katipunan (Katipunan Museum) is dedicated to the revolutionary group Samahang Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipuneros. It offers historical artifacts, artworks that depict the bravery of Katipuneros, learning activities for kids and adults, and an E-Learning room which has 30 desktops for learning purposes. Century  old weapons, medals and amulets or anting-antings in local language used by Katipuneros are found in this museum. 

  • Address: 29 Pinaglabanan St, Cororazon De Jesus, San Juan, 1500 Metro Manila
  • Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 4pm.
  • Admission: Free, but open to cash donations.

 

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista

Built in 1914, Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is considered as one of the old houses situated in Quiapo, Manila. This 500 square meter house has become the home of  Dr. Ariston Bautista, one of the first professors in the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and also the inventor of cure to cholera. The widow of Andres Bonifacio, Gregoria De Jesus, was later married to Julio Nakpil and lived in this house. Bahay Nakpil-Bautista also served as the place of refuge for the Quiapo Church’s original Black Nazarene statue during the height of World War II. Today, it showcases paintings and historical artifacts of Katipunan.

  • Address: 432 A. Bautista St. (formerly Barbosa St.), Quiapo, Manila
  • Hours:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays and Official Holidays)
  • Admission:  80 pesos for adults and college students; 50 pesos for senior citizens and grade and high school students; 50 pesos each for a group of 10 people--the 10th is free. 

 

Presidential Museum and Library

Presidential Museum and Library

Presidential Museum and Library

Malacañang Palace has its doors open for those people who want to learn more about the government and our past presidents. The museum preserves the largest collection of exclusive artifacts and memorabilias from people who held the highest office in the land of the Philippines, and they are beautifully displayed in this museum for public viewing. 

  • Address: Kalayaan Hall, Jose P. Laurel Street, Malacañang, Manila City
  • Hours:  9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday (closed on weekends and public holidays)
  • Admission:  50 pesos for adults; 30 pesos for students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. 

 

Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum

Located amidst the bustling city of Makati, Ayala Museum highlights its extensive collection of contemporary artworks and Filipino historical artifacts. The museum is known for housing the gold objects owned by Filipino ancestors stretching back to pre-colonial era. It also promotes the Philippine culture and arts. A lot of the works of national artist Fernando Amorsolo is showcased here. Its Filipinas Heritage Library is home thousands of historical resources both in hard copies and digital formats. 

  • Address: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City
  • Hours:  9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday (closed on weekends and public holidays)
  • Admission:  225 pesos for adults; 125 pesos for students, senior citizens and Makati citizens. 

 

Yuchengco Museum

Yuchengco Museum

Yuchengco Museum

Yuchengco museum is built initially to preserve the art collection of Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco and feature his successful career as a businessman, collector, diplomat, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and advocate for education in the Philippines and many more. Today, the museum seats various stunning art exhibits that highlight contemporary art such as Aze Ong’s Liwanag sa Kawalan ng Kulay, Danilo Arriola’s Light in the Darkness, Tony Gonzales and Tes Pasola’s Suspended Garden, and many more.

  • Address: RCBC Plaza Cor Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City
  • Hours:  10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Saturday
  • Admission:  225 pesos for adults; 125 pesos for students, senior citizens and Makati citizens. 

 

UST Museum of Arts and Sciences

UST Museum of Arts and Sciences

UST Museum of Arts and Sciences

Considered as the oldest existing museum in the Philippines. University of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences began in 1682 as Gabinete de Fisica, an observation room of mineral, botany and biology collections--all of which were used for the courses Medicine and Pharmacy at the time. The Museum also boasts of collections of articles on Natural History; Oriental Arts objects; Ethnographic materials; Philippine Religious images; and Coins, Medals, and Memorabilia. It also displays paintings from the 17th to the 20th century.

  • Address: Paraninfo, Main Building, University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard
  • Hours:  9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday to Friday
  • Admission:  Free for UST students, alumni, and faculty; 50 pesos for Adults; 30 pesos for outside students

 

Metropolitan Museum in Manila

Metropolitan Museum in Manila


Metropolitan Museum in Manila

With their philosophy “Art for All”, Metropolitan Museum in Manila is the first institution to provide a bilingual and didactic program for people who want to know more about art. Its best collections include the most extensive pre-Hispanic goldwork and pottery, and religious artworks of  Félix Resurrección Hidalgo. At present time, the museum gives prominence to Philippine contemporary arts through its growing collections and exhibits of various Filipino modern artists. 

  • Address: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila
  • Hours:  10:00 am to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday ;10:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to  Friday for Gold and Potteries Galleries.
  • Admission:  100 pesos for adults, students, and foreign guests; 80 pesos for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

 

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

For anyone who wants a good dose of international and local contemporary art  Pinto Art Museum is the place to be. Hidden away from the main roads, this museum offers you scenic view and the breeze of hillside along with its extensive collections of eye-catching paintings and sculptures. The place is also a favorite pick as the backdrop of photo and video shoot. 

  • Address: 1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal
  • Hours:  9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.
  • Admission:  180 pesos for regular ticket; 150 pesos for senior citizens and persons with disability; 100 pesos for children and students; Free for children below 3 years old.

 

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design guarantees guests with one-of-a-kind experience to contemporary art and design. It equates international museums for contemporary art.  Located within College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Art, the institution offers programs relating to fashion design, film, multimedia, architecture, photography, and music production. It also displays exhibits by professional curators and artists--locally and internationally.

  • Address: Dominga St. Malate, Manila, 1004 Manila
  • Hours: 10:00 am to  6:00 pm, Tuesdays to Saturday; 10:00am to 2:00pm, Sundays.
  • Admission:  Contact MCAD here.

 

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

Fan of 3D art? This interactive art museum is just right for you! Art in Island offers over 50 trick art murals that were painted by 18 master painters from Korea. Their paintings are not complete if without you, so make sure to pose and take lots of photos with the amazing, large 3D paintings on the walls.

  • Address: 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City
  • Hours: 9:30 am to  9:30 pm, Tuesday to Sunday
  • Admission:  500 pesos for adults; 400 pesos for students, senior citizens, and persons with disability; Free for children below three feet.

 

Marikina Shoe Museum

Marikina Shoe Museum

Marikina Shoe Museum

This place is perfect for people who has Imelda-like penchant for shoes. Marikina City is well-known for their shoe-making industry. And because of the 1st lady’s love for all sorts footwear, she commissioned artisans and the best shoemakers to design her extensive collection of shoes. Built to celebrate and nurture the cultural, historical and economic contributions of shoe industry.

  • Address: J. P. Rizal St, Marikina, 1801
  • Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Sunday; Closed on holidays
  • Admission:  50 pesos per head

 

Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Through the galleries displaying coins, paper notes, medals, artifacts, and other monetary items of the Philippines over the past years, Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas shows the economic development of the country and evolution of Philippine peso. There are also contemporary paintings that depict the historical value of the nation’s money.

  • Address: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, East Avenue, Quezon City
  • Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Admission:  100 pesos for adults

 

Mind Museum

Mind Museum

Mind Museum

See amazing science happen before your eyes! Mind Museum is a project of the non-profit Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc.  that aims to inspire people to get interested in knowing more about science by providing special educational experience. Mind Museum offers about 250 world-class interactive exhibits that show the science behind atom, life, earth, universe and technology.

  • Address: JY Campos Park,3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig, Philippines
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
  • Admission: 600 pesos for Adults; 450 pesos for Children and Private School Students (up to college); 150 pesos for Public School Students (up to college) and Teachers with valid school ID.

 

San Agustin Church Museum

San Agustin Church Museum

San Agustin Church Museum

When the Spaniards came to the Philippines, they brought with them Catholicism. This is why, a big chunk of the population is Catholic. If you want to see the evolution of the Catholic faith, the San Agustin Church Museum houses church artifacts, paintings, statues, and other pieces that have been surviving since the 15th century. Here, you can find the room, splendid church vestments and other relics that past priests have used, porcelains from Chinese-Philippine trading way back in time,  and other halls that have been significant in the history of the church.

  • Address: General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila
  • Hours: 8:00am to 12:00 pm and 1:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Admission: 100 pesos for adult and foreign student; 80 pesos for senior citizen; 50 pesos for college student; 45 pesos for high school student; 40 pesos for children.

 

Bahay Tsinoy

Bahay Tsinoy

Bahay Tsinoy

Built to preserve and visually narrate the historical and cultural legacy of the Chinese in the Philippines, Bahay Tsinoy displays galleries of rare photographs and prints that show the history of Chinese life in the country. It also features the ceramics that were used in Chinese-Filipino trading centuries ago. It is also a haven for researchers as it holds over 8,000 books, dissertations, magazines, and other articles about Chinese influence.

  • Address: 32 Anda St. cor. Cabildo St., Intramuros, Manila
  • Hours: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday
  • Admission: 100 pesos for Adults; 60 pesos for Students

 

Museo Pambata

Museo Pambata

Museo Pambata

Take your kids to Museo Pambata for a fun, interactive learning experience. Specially designed for children, it provides a cheerful storytelling for kids, outdoor theater where children can watch plays and concerts, children-friendly playground, and learning room. It can hold 180 to 200 people. Kids can also borrow books, audio and video CDs on topics inclined to satisfy your kids’ curious minds.

  • Address: Former Elks Club Building on Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila.
  • Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed for lunch from 12 noon to 1:00 pm every Tuesdays to Saturdays; 1:00 pm to 5:00pm every Sunday.
  • Admission: 250 pesos for Adults and children 2 years old and above; Free every Tuesday and 50% off for other days for Manila residents; Free for Museum workers and teachers 

What’s great about being in Metro Manila is that it offers lots of accessible hangout spots which can both be educational, interactive and fun. Visit these museums for an educational and enjoyable experience!

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