5 Museums to Visit in Manila, Philippines

Manila is chaotic. There's traffic, air, land, and even water pollution, beggars everywhere, and if you're not trained to recognize them, robbers and pickpockets. But I am not here to dissuade you into visiting the city, especially if it houses 5 of the best museums in the country.

1. Feed your mind

The Mind Museum, Foursquare.com

The Mind Museum, Foursquare.com

The Mind Museum, Foursquare.com

The Mind Museum is an interactive museum not only for kids but adults as well that showcases science and technology. You will not leave the place without gaining additional information, that's for certain.

Where: J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Schedule: 9:00am to 12:00nn, 12:00nn to 3:00pm 3:00 pm to 6:00pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed on Mondays.

Rate: P600 ($13)/adult; P450 ($10)/student (up to college).

Name:
The Mind Museum
Address:
J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
TEL:
+63 2 909 6463
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Immerse in modern art and culture

Ayala Museum, Foursquare.com

Ayala Museum, Foursquare.com

Ayala Museum, Foursquare.com

The Ayala Museum is named after the huge land owners in the metro, the Ayalas. Don't be dissuaded, though. It doesn't mean this museum is all about them.

Where: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa street, Makati City

Schedule: Ground-Fourth Floor Galleries -Tuesdays-Sundays | 9am to 6pm; Filipinas Heritage Library - Tuesdays to Saturdays | 9am to 6pm; ArtistSpace - Mondays-Sundays | 10am to 7pm

Rates: P150 ($4) to P425 ($10)

Name:
Ayala Museum
Address:
Makati Ave. (at Dela Rosa St.), Makati City, Makati City, Philippines
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Let your inner child show

Museo Pambata, Foursquare.com

Museo Pambata, Foursquare.com

Museo Pambata, Foursquare.com

This museum, aptly called Museo Pambata, is a crowd favorite, especially to the children. I remember going here when I was younger and I really enjoyed it.

Where: Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive, Manila

Schedule: 8 AM to 5 PM (Tuesdays to Saturdays), 1 PM to 5 PM (Sundays). The museum is closed on Mondays.

Rate: Php 150 ($4) for kids and adults.

Name:
Museo Pambata
Address:
Roxas Blvd (at South Dr), Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
TEL:
+63 2 523 1797
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Know more about the Philippines and the Filipino People

National Museum of the Philippines, Foursquare.com

National Museum of the Philippines, Foursquare.com

National Museum of the Philippines, Foursquare.com

The National Museum of the Philippines houses most of the historical artifacts and artworks. They also show how the Filipinos came to be.

Where: NHCP Building, T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila

Schedule: 10:00am to 4:00pm (Tuesday-Sunday)

Rate: Admission for individuals is P50 ($1.2) for students, P150 ($4) for adults.

Name:
National Museum of the Philippines
Address:
P. Burgos Ave, 1000 Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
TEL:
+63 2 527 1209
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Take a peek at Filipino art through time

Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Foursquare.com

Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Foursquare.com

Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Foursquare.com

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila can be found in the country's monetary producer, the Central Bank.

Where: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex

Schedule: Museum hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30pm; Gold and Pottery Galleries: Monday - Friday 10:00am to 4:30pm


Rate: Php 100.00 ($2.5)

Name:
Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Address:
Roxas Blvd., Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

The country's art and culture scene may not be as flourishing as that of France or Spain, but these museums are a statement of a great start.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?