3 Museums In Manila That All Filipinos Visit


Quick pop quiz!

What is the term for the structure of our double-stranded DNA? What was the name of the Philippines’ first-ever department store and when was it built? (No, it is not Shoemart nor Ali Mall) And who is Damian Domingo?

Were you able to correctly answer all three questions?

Museum hopping in Manila may not sound as adventurous as island or maybe even bar hopping but it’s definitely a good way to educate yourself about our local culture …and will also help you answer random pop quiz questions. Ha.

So take a break from going to crowded malls and get your dose of culture by visiting these three must-see museums.

The Mind MuseumBonifacio Global City, Taguig

The Mind Museum Bonifacio Global City

Photo taken by Kin Enriquez

Most museums don’t allow visitors to touch their artworks and artifacts on display, but The Mind Museum is not your typical museum. The country’s first world-class science museum has a 5,000 square meter exhibit area (about the size of 10 basketball courts!), featuring interactive spaces.

The Mind Museum was among 11 recipients of this year’s THEA (Themed Entertainment Association) Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

The THEA Awards is widely recognized as the “Academy Awards” of the themed entertainment industry.

The Mind Museum is the first science museum in Asia to receive the accolade.

The Mind Museum

Make sure to head to the Atom Gallery where you will literally have a hair-raising experience with the Van de Graaf Ball, which demonstrates how electrostatic energy works.

Visit the other galleries such as Earth, Life, Universe and Technology. While at the Earth Gallery, take a picture of the gigantic Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, cast from real fossils, and imagine yourself in the movie, Jurassic Park.

Museo PambataRoxas Boulevard, Manila

Museo Pambata Manila

Aside from the usual educational exhibits where you can learn about Filipino culture, the human body, and environment, there’s also an area about entrepreneurship.

In the Pamilihang Bayan or marketplace, you can pretend to be vendors from the wet market and sell meat, fish, or produce. To make it even more realistic, there’s a weighing scale that can be used after calling out, “Bili na, suki!

Kids will also appreciate the other facilities of the museum such as Aklatang Pambata (library), Teatro Pambata (outdoor theater), Palipalaruan (playground), and the Pasalubong Shop (souvenir store). During the summer, Museo Pambata hosts its Art’s Cool event, which are different workshops on writing, theater, crafts, cooking, and many more.

Ayala MuseumMakati Avenue, Makati

Ayala Museum Makati

Photo taken by Jun Acullador

Located among shopping malls, the strategic location of Ayala Museum makes it easy for the denizens of the metro to get some reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. The museum was a project of Ayala Foundation, Inc. and envisioned by the late artist, Fernando Zobel de Ayala y Montojo.

First-time visitors to the country will appreciate the Diorama Experience, which provides a visual way of showing the Philippines’ past through its 60 handcrafted dioramas that illustrate historical milestones of the country.

Another highlight of the museum is the Gold of Ancestors: Pre-Colonial Treasures in the Philippines, where visitors will be amazed at its extensive collection of archeological artifacts. You’ll see a diadem, a gold crown worn by Filipino royalty. (It’s less ostentatious than the golden crown from Game of Thrones.)

This artsy sanctuary plays its part to make the Philippine arts and culture scene vibrant through its exhibitions on contemporary art, music, and design, as well as artist/curator’s talks, workshops, and other performances.

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Nikka Sarthou-Lainez

As a freelance writer and editor, Nikka Sarthou-Lainez enjoys being her own boss and having the flexibility to indulge in her other passions like food and travel. Every year, she vows to visit places she has never been to and tick them off her bucket list. She hopes to be like chef/host Anthony Bourdain someday who travels around the world to sample different cuisines, one plate at a time.