Casa Manila

Attraction Intramuros, Manila Metro Manila Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

30 mins
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM
12:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Museum
Must see
Kids
Architecture
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Casa Manila is a museum depicting colonial lifestyle during Spanish colonisation of the Philippines. Unlike other repositories of historical artifacts, Casa Manila is modeled after an 18th century Spanish home.

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Why Casa Manila is special ?

Casa Manila is a museum in Intramuros depicting colonial lifestyle during Spanish colonisation of the Philippines.


The museum is the imposing stone-and-wood structure circa 1850, one of the grand houses in Barrio San Luis (one of the four original villages of Intramuros) is located across historic San Agustin church and bounded by Calle Real, General Luna, Cabildo and Urdaneta streets. The other two are the Los Hidalgos, circa 1650 and Cuyugan Mansion, circa 1890.


Casa Manila is a copy of an 1850s San Nicolas House that was once located in Calle Jaboneros. The architect of Casa Manila was J. Ramon L. Faustmann. It was constructed by Imelda Marcos during the 1980s and modeled on Spanish colonial architecture.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

What to explore at Casa Manila?

At Casa Manila, visitors can wander through the archways and past fountains, admire the local materials (hardwoods, shells), view the huge rooms which occupy three floors. Casa Manila vividly recreates the rich merchants's way of life in nineteenth century Manila. The furnishings and artworks displayed in Casa Manila range from the 17th to the early 20th century. The museum showcases the Intramuros lifestyle of upperclass Filipinos of the time with a collection of antique furniture and ornaments from China and Europe. The house is furnished with numerous chandeliers, Persian rugs, Chinese ceramics, four-poster ebony beds, religious images, antique piano and harp, marble-top tables, and other such items that show the luxury of the era.

Source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/

How to get to Casa Manila?

Getting to the Casa Manila Museum is not difficult. If you are at Mabini, you can take a jeepney or taxi headed for the pier. Stop at the Bonifacio Intersection, and go to Aduana St. where the museum will only be a few minutes away. If you are staying at Quezon City, the best option is to get on a jeepney headed to Aduana St. The museum is a 10-minute walk from Aduana St.

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Selling points

  • Nice stone and wooden building
  • Colonial Home- Character and History preserved
  • Typical Spanish Colonial House of the Very Wealthy
  • A Pretty Old House in Old Manila
  • Great house and museum
3  nice days in Manila with my family

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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
118.59 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Intramuros, Manila Metro Manila Philippines

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Tips for you

  • You should also not miss the small and cosy restaurants inside the yards. The menu is very classic and there is buffet .
    Food
  • It's possible to take photo for wedding there
    Photography
  • Up to the grand staircase, photography is prohibited .
    Photography
  • You can ask the guard to tell you the stories and purposes of the items in the museum
    Experience
  • There is no air conditioner inside the museum.
    Equipment
  • Make sure no toe stepped off the carpet path. The pathway in red carpet is too small so that a group of 50 you might have to queuing long to see the casa.
    Other
  • A nice and small cafe located inside the yard of the casa.
    Drinks

Reviews

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Great house and museum.

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one of the most romantic places ive set eyes on in the city ...

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Visit this place in the evening, if you have that romantic streak in you. Surreal!

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Sleepy. >.<

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Excellent peek into old-school Manila life

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This one is an interesting see. If you are running short on time i would say skip it.You can get a glimpse of how an affluent Spanish family would have lived in years gone by. You pay a 75 Peso ticket and get to see about 5 rooms which has loads of furniture and kept in a way that you get to understand the lifestyle of people in that era.No photos are allowed inside and you have to walk on the red carpeted area.

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Casa Manila (and the entire region of Intramuros in general) is my favorite place in all of Manila. I HIGHLY recommend Casa Manila if you have even the slightest interest in history, art-history, interior design, and/or architecture.First off, when you enter Intramuros, you can &quot;feel&quot; that you've left the normal part of Manila and stepped into a place with history and influence. Casa Manila is one of very few preserved homes that survived the brutality of World War II and shows visitors what a typical home was like for a rich Spanish-Filipino. The street out front is cobblestone, and the museum's employees where replica uniforms of the old guards. It's inner courtyard is clearly of European design,with it's arched walkways, colorful trellises, stone floor, and water fountain. There are no photos allowed inside the museum which is 75 pesos per person. The interior of this house is absolutely breathtaking with details on the ceilings and authentic furniture dating as early back as the beginning of the 19th century. There is some serious hand-carved woodwork that you don't see around anymore, and the use of wood that was once plentiful, but now illegal to log, sell, or purchase, due to it being almost extinct.Seriously, this place is awesome.

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To be fair Manila doesn't offer a lot of sightseeing options to tourists. Casa Manila, inside the old walled city of Intramuros is well worth a look. Antique furniture, paintings, sculptures and interesting day-to-day items of a by-gone era are displayed inside this beautiful old colonial building. As well as all the artifacts inside there is a coffee shop, restaurant and gallery/gift shop just off my favourite part, the courtyard.

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This one is an interesting see. If you are running short on time i would say skip it. You can get a glimpse of how an affluent Spanish family would have lived in years gone by. You pay a 75 Peso ticket and get to see about 5 rooms which has loads of furniture and kept in a way that you get to understand the lifestyle of people in that era. No photos are allowed inside and you have to walk on the red carpeted area.

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Visit this place in the evening, if you have that romantic streak in you. Surreal!

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