The National Museum announced a few months ago that admission is now permanently free of charge. The Board of Trustees wanted to encourage more Filipinos, even foreigners to embrace Philippine heritage and national patrimony. They finalized the decision when they discovered a monumental increase in the viewership from 2013 to 2015. Despite the stereotype of museums being boring, the authorities revealed that many younger Filipinos came to their galleries every time they held free admission events.
Come to think of it, this tactic couldn’t be more perfect. With the growing number of teens looking for artsy places to take captivating photos, this will serve as an excuse. Yes, their primary purpose for visiting might be to take IG-worthy shots, but they will unknowingly immerse themselves in the culture, history, and art.
The Intriguing Artifacts
The Cryptic Paintings
The Religious Pieces
The National Museum is comprised of two massive separate buildings, so make sure to wear comfy shoes. It showcases 30,000 historical specimens, over 1,000 artifacts and countless archeological pieces, which are divided into 25 galleries.
Particularly, the National Art Gallery contains plenty of valued masterpieces — from sculptures to paintings made by some of the famous Filipino artists. Meanwhile, the Museum of the Filipino People houses historical and ancestral collections that function as a repository of Philippine heritage.
On the other hand, the Spoliarium contains a massive painting portraying dying gladiators created by the renowned Filipino artist Juan Luna. He won the gold medal at the Madrid Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884.
The National Museum of the Philippines
P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila
Contact No.: 527-0278
Operational Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM-5PM
Duration of Journey: 2-3 hours
If you want to make the most of your historical journey, take a side trip to the nearby Intramuros, which is a National Historical Monument. There are a lot of heritage structures to see inside the walled city. It will feel like an interactive preview of what the streets of Manila looked like back in the day. You can join a walking tour for a fee, but you can easily explore it on your own if you’re on a budget.