There is truth in the saying: You have to know the past to understand the present. And today is a very good day to honor the past as top museums in Metro Manila are opening their doors for free as part of the International Museum Day 2017.
Here’s where you should go:
- National Museum of the Philippines
An architectural gem and a historical site, National Museum is home to priceless paintings, arts and historic pieces of the country. It features the works of National Artists like Fernando Amorsolo and Guillermo Tolentino and historical artists like Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo and Juan Luna. Inside you can find some of Amorsolo’s rare sketches and the world renowned Juna Luna’s Spolarium. National Museum just recently opened its planetarium which has a free admission until the end of May.
Address: 1000 Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila
- Mind Museum
Mind Museum lets you learn while you play with its interactive installations and galleries. Discover the facets of science through its five galleries, from The Atom Gallery, The Earth Gallery, The Life Gallery to The Universe Gallery and The Technology Gallery. Here you can find the 1st and only T-Rex exhibit in the country which you should never miss to see.
Address: J.Y Campos Park, 3rd Ave. , Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
- Ayala Museum
Ayala Museum features some of the rare historical items from the country. Its galleries perfectly weave the narrative of the Philippine history from the water vessels used for ancient trading, the historic gold pieces and garments and tapestries used by ancestors to the Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramic pieces that were found in the Philippines. Also, here you can find the artworks of Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, and Fernando Zobel, the pioneers of Philippine art.
Address: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park,
- Metropolitan Museum Manila
Known as the keeper of the artworks of Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Metropolitan Museum also showcases the remarkable treasures of the history like the classical gold works and potteries from the 8th to 13th century. The Three Buddha Mothers Gallery is one of the popular galleries in the museum, it features the sculpture pieces created by Agnes Arellano.
Address: BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila
- Pinto Art Museum
“Pinto” is a Tagalog word for door, and just like what the owner aims it to be, he wanted this museum as a door for everyone to see the local contemporary artworks. Pinto Art Gallery contains 6 galleries featuring different forms of contemporary art pieces, from sculptures to paintings to dioramas and mobiles. Some of the highlights of the museum are the abstract artworks and canvases that depict the everyday life of a Filipino.
Address: 1 Sierra Madre St.,Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, Rizal