Celebrate Museum Day with free admission to these 6 Metro Manila museums
MANILA, Philippines – There’s no better time to go museum-hopping than on May 18, when museums around Metro Manila are waiving their admission fees to observe and celebrate International Museum Day.
Here are just some of the museums you can check out for free on May 18:
The museum’s art collection boasts work by some of the biggest names in Philippine art, including Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Ang Kiukok, Napoleon Abueva, and Jose Joya. It also houses a gallery of memorabilia from the Yuchengco family, one of the country’s most illustrious clans.
The Yuchengco Museum is located in RCBC Plaza, Ayala cor Sen Gil Puyat Avenues, Makati
Metropolitan Museum of Manila
The museum is not only offering free admission, but also a free guided tour through their various exhibitions, which showcase Philippine contemporary and religious art, as well as pre-colonial gold and pottery.
If you can’t make it on the 18th, the museum offers free admission on Tuesdays, and a free guided tour of the main exhibitions on Saturdays at 2 pm.
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located in the BSP complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila
Located within a stone house from the 1800s, Casa Manila recreates the opulent home of a well-to-do family in the Spanish era. With rooms fully-furnished with pieces and decor from that era, it gives visitors a glimpse of how Manila’s elite once lived.
Casa Manila is on Real Street, Intramuros, Manila
If you have kids in tow, the Museo Pambata has interactive exhibits that both kids and adults can enjoy.
The museum has 8 theme rooms, including an environment room with an herb garden, an old manila room with a mini-tranvia, and a marketplace room with play markets where kids can learn about shopping, selling, and budgeting.
Museo Pambata is on Roxas Boulevard cor South Drive, Manila
The museum details the history of ethnic Chinese in the Philippines, with exhibits that focus on various aspects including early contact, a ceramics collection, a gallery of rare prints and photos, and an exhibit on the role of tsinoys in nation-building.
Bahay Tsinoy is located in the Kaisa Heritage Center, 32 Anda cor Cabildo streets, Intramuros, Manila
If you don’t have time to hit the free museums on a Friday, Ayala Museum is offering free admission on May 20. The museum houses both art, and artifacts, with galleries dedicated to the work of Fernando Zobel, as well as exhibitions on indigenous Philippine textiles, pre-colonial gold, and dioramas that detail the country’s history.
The Ayala Museum is on Makati Avenue cor Dela Rosa street, Greenbelt Park, Makati
Aside from these, the museums under the National Museum complex are offering free admission as usual, so you could also drop by the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and now the National Museum of Natural History, which is finally opening its doors to the public on that day. – Rappler.com