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18 Museums to explore in Metro Manila

Metro Manila

The region is the center of culture, economy, education, and government of the Philippines.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Museum
Armed Forces of the Philippines MuseumGeneral Arturo Building, Capinpin Ave, Lungsod Quezon, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines

This museum portrays the history of the Philippines ' military forces. Among its collections are infantry guns, rifles, mortars and various war equipment. There are also dioramas, displays and paintings from different wartimes, and artwork and scale models of uniforms of the various Philippine forces throughout history.

Ayala Museum
Ayala MuseumMakati Avenue, Greenbelt Park, corner Dela Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Ayala Museum is a modern museum showcasing a huge range of displays about the people of the Philippines, tracing their journey from ancient history to the present day. The extensive ethnological and archaeological displays relate to Filipino culture, history, art, and heritage.

Bahay Tsinoy, Museum of Chinese in Philippine Life
Bahay Tsinoy, Museum of Chinese in Philippine Life32 Anda St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines

Bahay Tsinoy is a museum that presents the story of the Chinese in Philippine history. The Bahay Tsinoy is located in the historic walled Intramuros area of Manila on Anda Street, making it easy to combine a visit to this museum with several other Intramuros attractions and amenities. The Bahay Tsinoy helps the visitor trace Chinese influences on the Philippines from the earliest days to the present including displays on pre-Spanish Chinese trading and so more.

Casa Manila
Casa Manilaplaza sans luis complex, General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines

Casa Manila Museum portrays the lifestyle of the educated and moneyed class during the 17th and 18th centuries. While the people who had once lived in such a house are gone, there remain the things they have left behind- the products of their extravagance and the relics of their family values, customs, traditions, and beliefs.

Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Metropolitan Museum of ManilaBSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is one of the major museums in the Philippines and highlights international and local art. It was established 1976 and aimed at expanding the exposure of Filipinos to the visual arts of foreign cultures.

Museo Ng Katipunan
Museo Ng Katipunan29 Pinaglabanan, Cororazon De Jesus Pinaglabanan, Cororazon De Jesus, San Juan, 1500 Metro Manila, Philippines

The Museo ng Katipunan provides an educational approach to understand the Katipunan, its primary movers, and their actions. Apart from Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, and other renowned revolutionaries, the Museum honors the valiant efforts of the Katipuneros who fought for the independence of the Philippines through a Memorial Wall. This museum paves light on the history of the Philippines which was situated within the grounds of the Pinaglabanan shrine.

Museo Pambata
Museo PambataRoxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines

The Museo Pambata is a children's interactive museum, the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is in a sense an alternative to the formal classroom environment where learning resembles a one-way street – the teacher imparts knowledge and the students absorb it.

Museo Valenzuela
Museo Valenzuela2 Fatima Ave, Valenzuela, Metro Manila, Philippines

A site to encapsulate Valenzuela’s rich history, the Valenzuela Museum is a sprawling Spanish-themed architecture that will surely thrill anyone who steps inside. Its facade is laced with woodwork and bricks that closely resembles heritage houses. The museum also holds seminars, events, and city-based activities.

National Museum of Anthropology
National Museum of AnthropologyPadre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines

The National Museum of Anthropology houses the anthropology and archaeology divisions of the National Museum of the Philippines. It was formerly known as the Museum of the Filipino People. Its aim is to preserve the cultural heritage of the Philippines and to educate others. Its permanent collection contains around 10,000 items, including cultural materials from the different peoples of the Philippines and so more.

National Museum of Fine Arts
National Museum of Fine Arts666, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines

The National Museum of Fine Arts is an art museum in Manila, the Philippines that houses a collection of paintings and sculptures by classical Filipino artists. Founded in 1998, it was formerly known as the National Art Gallery and it was owned and operated by the National Museum of the Philippines. It was one of the key attractions in the Philippines.

National Museum of Natural History Manila
National Museum of Natural History ManilaTeodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines

It was one of the most popular museums in the country which was officially opened to the public in May 2018. Located in Rizal Park, it is part of the National Museum Complex which boasts three other attractions: the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Planetarium.

National Museum of the Philippines
National Museum of the PhilippinesPadre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines

The National Museum of the Philippines traces its history to the establishment of the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas, established by a Royal Order of the Spanish Government on August 12,1887 but was abolished in 1900 at the onset of the American occupation of the Philippines. And by October 29, 1901, the Insular Museum of Ethnology, Natural History and Commerce is considered to be the direct precursor of the National Museum.

Pasig City Museum
Pasig City MuseumPlaza Rizal, F. Concepcion, Pasig, 1600 Metro Manila, Philippines

Housed in the two-storey Concepcion Mansion, Pasig City Museum is a patchwork of art pieces, artifacts, and memorabilia bearing the history of Pasig and its people. The mansion was designed after neo-Castilian architecture. The corkscrew columns, colonnaded terraces, ornamental plasterwork and fringes, and tiled roof are an attraction in itself, showcasing the architectural heritage of the city.

Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum
Philippine Air Force Aerospace MuseumPasay, 1309 Metro Manila, Philippines

This is a military museum of the AFP that was earlier founded as Marcos Museum on May 02, 1974. This world-class facility of the PAF is a heritage and a science and technology museum built to honor heroes and airmen of the PAF. The museum displays Philippine military aviation history and related aerospace science exhibits.

Philippine Army Museum Library and Archives
Philippine Army Museum Library and ArchivesHeadquarters, Philippine Army, Bayani Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines

An army museum which was established in 1979 within the premises of Bonifacio fort in Taguig. It exhibits include various specimens of decommissioned artillery, tanks and armored personnel carriers. The indoor exhibits include galleries of uniforms, weapons, colors, and displays on various Philippine Army campaigns. As of 2018, an addition to the latter features the Battle of Marawi.

Presidential Museum and Library - Malacañn Palace
Presidential Museum and Library - Malacañn PalaceMalacañan Palace, JP, Kalayaan Hall, 2/F Jose Laurel St, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Malacañang Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines. It is located in San Miguel, Manila, and is commonly associated with Mendiola Street. The term "Malacañang" is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers. The sprawling Malacañang Palace complex includes numerous mansions and office buildings designed and built largely in Bahay na bato and neoclassical style.

The Mind Museum
The Mind MuseumJY Campos Park, 3rd Ave, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines

The Mind Museum is a science museum in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. The museum's exhibition takes off from a narrative that presents science in over 250 interactive exhibits through five interconnected stories. The exhibition spans nature in scale, from the smallest thing in nature to the largest and everything in between Atom, Earth, Life, Universe, and Technology.

UST Museum
UST MuseumParaninfo, España Blvd, Sampaloc, Manila, 1015 Metro Manila, Philippines

This is the oldest museum in the Philippines. It owns the first collection of artifacts in the country, dating to as far back as 1682. A jack of all trades, it houses a bit of everything: botanical, zoological, religious, ethnological, cultural, and artistic. It has also expanded to accommodate religious images, visual arts and paintings, ethnography, and memorabilia, to name a few.

Map of Museums to explore in Metro Manila