National Museum

Attraction Rizal Park at Padre Burgos St., Manila, Luzon, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

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

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The National Museum of the Philippines is the official repository established in 1901 as a natural history and ethnography museum of the Philippines.

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Why National Museum is special ?

The National Museum of the Philippines(Filipino: Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas) is a national museum in the Philippines and serves as an educational, scientific and cultural institution in preserving the various permanent national collections featuring the ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological and visual artistry of the Philippines.


Established in 1901 as an ethnography and natural history museum, and subsequently housed in its present building which was designed in 1918 by the American Architect, Daniel Burnham, the National Museum has since then broadened its concerns in the arts and sciences. Today, it occupies the main building (former Old Congress Building) where the arts, natural sciences and other support divisions are housed and the adjacent former Finance building in the Agrifina Circle of Rizal Park now called The National Museum of the Filipino People where the Anthropology and Archaeology Divisions are housed.


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

What to explore at National Museum?

The National Museum complex in Manila includes the National Art Gallery, the Museum of the Filipino People and the future National Museum of Natural History. These were built in the early 20th century and now function as museums that house the National Fine Arts collection and the National Archaeological and Ethnographic collections. The National Museum also manages the National Planetarium and over ten archeological site and branch museums found across the country.

As an educational institution, the National Museum disseminates scientific and technical knowledge in a more understandable and practical forms through lectures, exhibitions, interviews and publications for students and the general public.

As a scientific institution, the National Museum conducts basic research programs combining integrated laboratory and field work in anthropology, archaeology, botany, geology and zoology. It maintains reference collections on these disciplines and promotes scientific development in the Philippines.

As a cultural centre, the National Museum takes a lead in the study and preservation of the nation’s rich artistic, historical and cultural heritage in the reconstruction and rebuilding of the nation’s past and veneration of the great pioneers who helped in building the nation.

Source: http://asemus.museum/

How to get to National Museum?

National Museum in Manila is located on Padre Burgos Drive, opposit to Rizal Park. You can reach the museum via these routes:

For private vehicles, Rizal Park is accessible via Roxas Boulevard and Taft Avenue. It is actually advisable to come from Roxas Boulevard as there's ample parking and usually less car at this area. Taft Avenue usually have congested traffic.

By public transport:

From Monumento, take an LRT 1 Yellow Line going to Taft and get down at United Nations station. This will be the start of Luneta/Rizal Park. Or you can ride a jeepney along Rizal Avenue bound for Taft Avenue and asked to be dropped at T.M. Kalaw.

From Quezon City and Marikina:

Option 1. Take the LRT2 Purple Line and go down at Recto Station. From here, transfer to Doroteo Jose Station of LRT 1 Yellow Line and ride an LRT bound for Baclaran. Go down at United Nations Avenue.

Option 2. From Cubao, you can ride a jeepney/FX that is bound for Quiapo and asked to be dropped at Rizal Avenue. Ride an LRT 1 bound for Baclaran via Doroteo Jose Station. Get down at United Nations Station.

Source: http://www.metromaniladirections.com/

Selling points

  • Great place to learn about the country
  • If you're a history geek you will love this place
  • Very interesting and informative
  • Tangible works of art and history
  • Fascinating exhibits, though under construction in parts
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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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Rizal Park at Padre Burgos St., Manila, Luzon, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • You must go to the Hibla ng Lahing Pilipino textile gallery on the third floor
    What to see
  • It's allowed to take pictures there.
    Photography
  • It starts from the 3rd floor first so you won't go back and forth
    Experience
  • The elevator is nice, you can see the whole area. The best thing about this place is the air conditioning in many rooms - really cold.
    Equipment
  • If you want to explore the rooms without the crowd, visit around 3PM. You'll have the place all by yourself
    Timming
  • You need to prepare to get tired from all the walking
    Health
  • Very little parking space and no taxi stand
    Parking
  • It's free entrance fee on Sunday. You can buy Combined ticket - 150 pesos for both the National Gallery and National Museum of the Filipino People. Your ticket price also allows you to enter the sister museum next door.
    Ticket and Pricing

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Start from the 3rd floor first so you won't go back and forth. Entrance is totally free! Then visit the Planetarium afterwards would be a good combo.

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wonderful sunday walking through the two buildings for FREE....enjoy!

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Check out their 'Pamana' exhibit -- or take a peek inside the on-going restoration of the old senate hall. Marvelous place.

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Eat & drink a bit before coming here. Food isn't allowed. There aren't any concessionaires. Prepare to get tired from all the walking. Apart from all that, seeing all this history is so frickin cool.

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Nice place to go.

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The whole building was empty . Entrance fee of 150 pax is too much for the empty rooms.The building that houses paintings of Juan Luna and the rest needs more discipline as people tends to crowd in front of the paintings and took pictures with flashes on.Needs more improvement and needs more collection.At the current state, they shouldn't charge that much

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i'm not the artsy fartsy type, but this juan luna painting is definitely the first and only painting that evoked such strong feelings in me -- desperation and hopelessness in a gigantic package. i first saw it in grade school, but seeing it as an adult never dimmed the effect it had on me. everything else pales in comparison. i hope they never take it from the national museum. it is definitely a national treasure.

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Disappointing in the sense that there isn't too much diversity in the items they have, but there is good reason for this, as a visit to the place will reveal.Some of the paintings re the Japanese werre certainly thougt provoking !!

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i'm not the artsy fartsy type, but this juan luna painting is definitely the first and only painting that evoked such strong feelings in me -- desperation and hopelessness in a gigantic package. i first saw it in grade school, but seeing it as an adult never dimmed the effect it had on me. everything else pales in comparison. i hope they never take it from the national museum. it is definitely a national treasure.

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Start from the 3rd floor first so you won't go back and forth. Entrance is totally free! Then visit the Planetarium afterwards would be a good combo.

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