I’ve been wanting to visit the National Museum of the Philippines since last year when I learned that the admission to the National Museum is free of charge. So, after I registered for Civil Service Examination last month, I decided to visit National Museum together with my family since it is already nearby.
According to the museum’s official website, the existence of the National Museum is “anchored on the basic philosophy that the Filipino nation is kept unified by a deep sense of pride in its own identity, cultural heritage and nature patrimony.” Doubtlessly, museums exist so present generations can look back and appreciate the yesteryear that has ever impacted their lives. A culture reflected on well-preserved artifacts, canvases, fabrics, or chiseled molds, is a history worth revisiting.
Before you can visit the galleries, you need to register first and deposits your belongings. They only allowed us to bring our gadgets, wallet and other valuables. As with most art galleries, guests are not allowed to touch the exhibits, no flash when taking photos and there should be a distance from the exhibits when taking photos.
Here are some of the photos taken inside the museum but I suggest that you visit the museum personally.
Every gallery in the museum is distinctive and has its own theme. There’s a gallery that dedicated to our national hero, Jose Rizal and his works, there is also a gallery that features several sculptures and a gallery that houses art prints, religious themed arts and installations.
Since we arrived a bit late and the museum closes by 5pm, we didn’t had a chance to see Juan Luna’s Spoliarium. So, if you are planning to visit the museum, go there as early as possible for you to visit the whole museum.
We go back again the next day to just to visit Juan Luna’s Spoliarium. This incredible Filipino treasure won the first gold medal in the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884 in Madrid.
My visit at National Museum of the Philippines was really worth it and I’m happy that I was able to bring my cousins also for them to also appreciate and learned the works of art, culture and history of our country.
Address: Padre Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, City of Manila, Philippines
Telephone No.: (+632) 527-12-09
Operating Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Official website: http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph