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Museums in Manila, Philippines

One of the best ways to understand the place’s past, live its present, and look forward to its future is to visit its museums. Manila has some of the most interesting museums in the country. From science to art, from history to avant-garde, they can be found in Manila.
Local travelers from all over the country also visit museums. When you visit a museum, aside from marveling at the artworks and artifacts, say a word or two with the local sightseers. Learn a thing or two about their place.

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Museums in Manila, Philippines

  • Located at Rizal Park, the National Museum is the main archive of the Filipino history, heritage, and culture.
  • The oldest museum in the country, University of Sto. Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences prides itself for more than 300-year-old collection.
  • Rizal Shrine at Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila features the life and death of the Philippine’s adored national hero—Dr. Jose Rizal.
  • A private museum located at Makati City, Ayala Museum showcases a good number of rare cultural and historical treasures that cannot be found anywhere else.
  • The Mind Museum is a new destination for science lovers, kids, and kids at heart.
  • From Aguinaldo to Aquino III, the Presidential Museum and Library encapsulates the tumultuous political history and its presidents of the country.
  • For a house as a heritage itself, Bahay Nakpil-Bautista at Quiapo is worth visiting.
  • To have knowledge on the evolution of the Philippine money, visit Central Bank of the Philippines’ Money Museum for its currency and coin collection.
  • Dedicated to the Filipino soldiers during the war, Veterans Federation of the Philippines Museum is a storied introduction to World War II.
  • Marikina is always known for its sturdy shoes, and a visit to the Shoe Museum educates you with the footwear industry in the country.

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Biggest museums in Manila, Philippines

  • The National Museum collects, studies, protects, preserves, and disseminates the heritage of the Filipinos. It has a wide collection of art, archaeology, ethnography, and natural history gleaned from different parts of the country. Being the biggest government-run museum in the country, it has sub-museums located in different regions of the country.
  • Adored by the Filipinos, it does not come as a surprise that Rizal Shrine located at Fort Santiago, Intramuros is one of the most visited museums in Manila. It is the home of personal letters, manuscripts, books, artworks of the talented and genius Jose Rizal. Intramuros itself.
  • Home to some of the oldest collections in the country, University of Sto. Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences is one of the frontliners of preserving culture, tradition, and history. Natural history, oriental art, ethnography, ecclesiastical objects, coins, medals, and memorabilia are some of the things worth examining at the oldest museum in the country.