Davao Museum

Attraction Davao Museum,Insular Village, Lanang, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines Published on: 21-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Historic
Museum
Must see
Kids
0.05 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Davao Museum is a rich cultural heritage of Davao stems from the different groups and tribes that populated the area throughout its history.

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Why Davao Museum is special ?

About seven miles (12km) from the Davao City centre at Insular Village, Lanang, the Davao Museum is devoted to showcasing the various tribal cultures of the people of the region. The main gallery is a repository of tribal art, local costumes, jewellery and handcrafts. There is also a gallery of paintings, sculptures and ceramics, and a souvenir shop that sells native crafts. Local women can be seen at work at the nearby T'Boli Weaving Centre, weaving cloth from the fibres of the native abaca plant featuring patterns that depict the folklore of the tribe.


What to explore at Davao Museum?

The museum itself has two floors, and showcases the very best of its culture and crafts. In particular the handicraft, instruments and way of life of the various tribes are presented there. These include the Mandaya, B’laan, Tiboli, Manobo, Mansaka and Baghobo tribes.
When you enter the Davao Museum among the first things that will catch your eye is the timeline, or chronology of historical events of the province. It commences from the earliest archaeological findings, to the settlements of the various indigenous peoples, up to the present day.
The highlight of the Davao Museum are the showcase pieces featuring the various artifacts from the various peoples and historical periods. These range from tribal clothing, handicrafts, pottery, jars and vases (referred to as Martaban). There are also several pieces of jewelry that one can look at. In other words, all the crafts of the ancient peoples you will be able to examine and learn about.
In addition, there is a huge gallery of artwork in the museum. These include, but are not limited to, ceramics, sculptures and carvings of all the various groups and peoples that have lived in Davao. There is also a wide array of musical tools dating from the ancient times on display.
The Davao Museum also contains a large number of archaeological discoveries and artifacts that have been unearthed not just in the province but in several parts of Mindanao. There are also several items that came from the belongings of some of the city’s founding fathers.
Finally there is a souvenir shop right in the Davao Museum where you can purchase items, personally made by the local tribes. Nearby you will also see the women of the various tribes engaged in weaving in the T’Boli Weaving Center. Contructing the cloth from the abaca plants, the work showcases the various myths and legends associated with each tribe.

Selling points

  • A detailed history
  • Great little museum
  • Culturally Enriching
  • Learn about the various tribes of Davao
  • Diverse Davao
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
92.39 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
14 places

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Davao Museum,Insular Village, Lanang, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • The Museum is a smoke-free environment.
    Environment
  • No eating and drinking inside the galleries.
    Food
  • Picture-taking is only allowed outside of the museum and in the lobby.
    Photography
  • Do not touch the artifacts and artworks.
    Other
  • Switch mobile phones to silent mode inside the galleries and make/take calls outside the galleries.
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Reviews

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A good way to have a general perspective of Davao.Davao Museum is a must-see if you wish to learn about the diverse, vibrant cultural influences and ethnic groups in Davao. The museum presents the original settlers of what is now the Province of Davao and Metro Davao - their way of life, homes, tools, fabric, clothing, musical instruments, cultural practices.Small, tightly-focused collection. Devote no more than 30 minutes to this visit, unless you are in the mood to converse with the staff, who share their insights on Davao's history and origins, and museum trivia - such as: volunteer curators from Alberta, Canada helped in the display design.

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This is the best place to learn a bit about Phillippines if you visit Davao from an outside country.

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If you would want a dose of history about Davao you will definitely appreciate what this museum has to offer. Although small and compact, you would be able to grasp a little bit of a history about Davao (I did not realize that Davao have a lot of Japanese inhabitants doing trade way way way back!). The museum was small as mentioned so we were able to finish it within 2 hours. Recommended for adults and kids alike.

TripAdvisor View more

A good way to have a general perspective of Davao. Davao Museum is a must-see if you wish to learn about the diverse, vibrant cultural influences and ethnic groups in Davao. The museum presents the original settlers of what is now the Province of Davao and Metro Davao - their way of life, homes, tools, fabric, clothing, musical instruments, cultural practices. Small, tightly-focused collection. Devote no more than 30 minutes to this visit, unless you are in the mood to converse with the staff, who share their insights on Davao's history and origins, and museum trivia - such as: volunteer curators from Alberta, Canada helped in the display design.

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