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The National Museum of the Philippines launches new website

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The National Museum of the Philippines launches new website

UPGRADE. The National Museum of the Philippines launched its new 'content-driven and interface-friendly' website.

National Museum of the Philippines’ website

The new website offers 360 virtual tours and information about its regional, area and site museums

The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) launched its new website on Monday, September 27. 

April Joy Santiago, Officer-in-Charge for the Communications and External Affairs Section, told media in a virtual press conference that NMP recognized the need for a “friendly, updated, easy to navigate and accessible website” now that learning system has shifted to online platforms.

“We learned to maximize the digital platforms to reach a wider public,” Santiago said. The previous version of the website has been running since November 21, 2006. 

Deputy Director General for Museums Ana Labrador added that the new website gave them a “new perspective.” “This is also part of our drive for more accountability and transparency so people can see what we are doing,” she said. 

In its press release, NMP said that they hope that the new website will “strengthen the relationship of the museum with its communities, especially those who have limited access to our facilities.” 

Here are some key features of the new website:

Our Museums

The “Our Museums” page features detailed information about the national and regional museums of the National Museum of the Philippines.

National Museum of the Philippines’ website

It has dedicated pages for the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of History and National Planetarium, as well as a page for its Regional, Area and Site Museums. 

Each page contains a brief history of the specific museum, information about architectural and building features, archive and current photos, and teasers of the exhibits in each museum. 

The Regional, Area and Site Museum page contains information about the 14 NMP-run museums outside of the National Capital Region. Each regional museum also has a real-time map that website visitors can use when they need help locating the museum.

National Museum of the Philippines’ website
Exhibitions

The “Exhibitions” section features the current exhibitions of each museum – all from central to regional sites. 

National Museum of the Philippines’ website

After choosing a specific museum, the website visitor will be given access to view various galleries and read about its history. The website also provides a floor plan view option where website visitors can use to navigate the viewing of exhibition galleries in each museum. 

Collections

The “Collections” page features updated information on the various collections maintained by the NMP from the following divisions – Archaeology, Architectural Arts and Built Heritage, Ethnology, Fine Arts, Geology and Paleontology, Botany and National Herbarium, Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage, and Zoology. 

National Museum of the Philippines’ website

Each page contains a brief history of the division and a gallery of its featured collection. The featured collection provides detailed descriptions and photos for several artifacts. 

Resource Center

The “Resource Center” page is where the virtual museum tours and digital publications can be found. 

The new website offers a 360 degree virtual tour of selected galleries and various museums of NMP. Museums that have this feature include the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, and National Museum of Natural History. 

National Museum of the Philippines’ website

Meanwhile, the digitized publications can be downloaded for free. 

National Museum of the Philippines’ website

Other services offered by NMP are also available at the “Services” section. Details about reservation for museum visit, location shoot, and venue rental, among others, are included in the section, as well as safety guidelines and advisories.

Downloadable forms are also available in the section. Those who are interested in acquiring NMP services can answer the form and email the museum at inquiry@nationalmuseum.gov.ph

The website also has a “Book a Tour” tab for those interested to personally visit the museum. However, the reservation system is currently not accessible as the museum is close to the public due to the quarantine restrictions.  – Rappler.com

You can visit the National Museum of the Philippines website at https://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph/