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Museums in Philippines

Museums are windows of the past. They are time capsules that put history in to perspective. With its rich history and culture, the museums in the Philippines provide a glimpse on this country’s past enriched by colonizations and occupation. There are some art galleries as well that promote local art and artisans. With its 81 provinces, every place in the Philippines has a story and history to tell. Some locals, especially those who have visited a new province for the first time, check the local museum or galleries to learn more about the place. But if a local is asked to choose between a beach and museum, it is very likely for a Filipino to choose the former. A stroll in the museum is often accompanied with silence and few footsteps of your fellow history lovers.

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Top 10 Museums in the Philippines

  • The National Museum located at Rizal Park, Manila is the primary repository of the Filipino history, heritage, and culture.
  • University of Sto. Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences, the oldest museum in the country, is proud of its rare historical, cultural, and ecclesiastical artifacts.
  • Rizal Shrine at Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila—one of the most visited tourist and historical destination—features the life of the Philippine’s adored national hero—Dr. Jose Rizal.
  • Ayala Museum, a private museum located at Makati City, showcases a good number of rare cultural and historical treasures that cannot be found anywhere else.
  • The BenCab Museum nestled in Tuba, Benguet is a combination of wondrous artwork, artifacts, and nature.
  • Fort San Pedro in Cebu City highlights the Spanish colonization period in the Philippines.
  • Museo Sugbo, the Cebu Provincial Museum, houses the historical background of Cebu as a city and as a province.
  • The Cathedral Museum of Cebu situated next to Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is an church museum of the Roman Catholic.
  • The Balay Negrense in Silay City, Negros Occidental features the lifestyle of the 19th-century Negrense sugar tycoon.
  • Ponce Suites Gallery at Davao City is an eccentric hostel with walls covered with artworks of Davao’s most sought-after artist Kublai Millan.



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Top 3 Highlighted Museums in the 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, the walled city, is the most ancient and historic center of Manila City.
  • Home to varied local art galleries, BenCab Museum is the newest and most thrilling attraction located in Baguio City, Benguet. It is comprised of varied galleries that the National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, BenCab for short, has collected over the years. It also features the seminal works of BenCab. Nestled in Benguet ranges, BenCab Museum does not only an artistic delight but also a wonderful nature escape.