October is not just Halloween season — it is also Museums and Galleries Month! According to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the theme for this year’s celebration is “Building the Nation One Exhibit at a Time.” It “acknowledges the role of museums and galleries as instruments in creating national consciousness for Filipinos.”
Museums to visit this October 2019
Visiting museums is a fun way to bond with the family while also learning about our country’s history and heritage. This month, many museums in the country are opening their doors for free and also hosting unique events to celebrate Museums and Galleries Month. Learn about some of these museums and events below.
Perfect for kids and adults who are fascinated by all things outer space, the National Planetarium also teaches guests how heavenly bodies such as stars and planets have helped shape life on earth in the fields of agriculture, sea navigation, fishing, and more. The Planetarium opened its doors again in January this year after being closed for repairs in November 2018.
The National Planetarium is located at Padre Burgos Avenue, Ermita, Manila. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free but there are admission fees for the planetarium shows: Php30 for students, Php50 for adults, and Php40 for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs).
National Museum of Natural History
This museum, which first opened in May 2018, features stunning Neoclassical architecture. Inside, you will learn about the rich variety of flora and fauna found in different parts of the Philippines, from huge crocodiles to a realistic recreation of the Nilad mangrove in Manila to an interactive exhibit showing the different endangered reefs around the country.
The National Museum of Natural History is located at T.M. Kalaw cor. General Luna Streets, Rizal Park, Manila. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
National Museum of Fine Arts
The National Museum of Fine Arts houses a vast collection of visual artworks created by many different Filipino artists. The exhibitions in the museum are displayed throughout different wings and floors, including portraits, religious art, sculptures, and more.
The National Museum of Fine Arts is located at Padre Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
National Museum of Anthropology
If you are interested in learning about the different peoples of the Philippines, the National Museum of Anthropology is a great place to visit. There, you will see various ethnographic artifacts like clothing, musical instruments, tools, and weapons coming from hundreds of ethnic tribes all over the country.
The National Museum of Anthropology is located at Padre Burgos Avenue, Ermita, Manila. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Metropolitan Museum of Manila
To celebrate Museum and Galleries Month, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila is hosting different exciting events and promos on all weekends of October. For instance, on October 5, which is also when the museum celebrates its 43rd anniversary, guests can enter for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One event you can take your kids to is Tara, Arkitektura! Architecture Appreciation for Kids (October 12, 9:30 a.m.), where kids can create paper versions of some well-known architectural landmarks in Manila. The event is open for children 8 to 12 years old, and the participation fee is Php250 for one child and one guardian (inclusive of museum admission and materials). Slots are limited, so if you are interested in joining, click here to reserve your slot.
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located within the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Complex, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila. It is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission fees are Php100 for adults, Php90 for adults and students (minimum of 50 persons per group), and Php80 for seniors and PWDs.
Museo De La Salle
The Museo De La Salle is a museum dedicated to preserving materials and artifacts from the 19th-century Philippine ilustrado lifestyle and seeks to teach guests of this certain period in the country’s history. Its building features a design inspired by this period and depicts the lifestyle of ilustrados at the time. This month, the museum is offering free admission for all on all Saturdays of October.
The Museo De La Salle is located within the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas campus in Dasmariñas, Cavite. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission fees are Php100 for adults and Php40 for students.
Launch of ‘Agos: A Heritage Exhibit on the History of Makati’
The Museum and Cultural Affairs Office of Makati is celebrating Museum and Galleries Month by launching an exhibit called Agos: A Heritage Exhibit on the History of Makati, which showcases the city’s history and heritage. The exhibit will be displayed in different venues located in Makati until November. Here is the exhibit schedule:
- October 2 to 4: Museo ng Makati
- October 9 to 11: University of Makati
- October 16 to 18: Century City Mall
- November 6 to 8: Ayala Malls Circuit
- November 13 to 15: Yuchengco Museum
- November 19 to 21: Glorietta 2 Malls
Museo ng Muntinlupa
Families living in the South will be excited to hear that this month, admission at the Museo ng Muntinlupa is free! The museum, which opened in March this year, showcases the culture and history of the city of Muntinlupa and also provides spaces for contemporary artists to show their art.
The Museo ng Muntinlupa is located at Laguerta Street, Barangay Tunasan, Muntinlupa City. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shrines maintained by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office
This month, you can also pay a visit to the different shrines maintained by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office for free! These shrines are located not only in the metro but also in areas outside Manila. Here is the list of shrines you can visit:
- Ricarte National Park and Shrine (Batac, Ilocos Norte)
- Bantayog sa Kiangan (Kiangan, Ifugao)
- USAFIP-NL Military Shrine and Park (Luna, La Union)
- Capas National Shrine (Capas, Tarlac)
- Balantang Memorial Cemetery and National Shrine (Jaro, Iloilo)
- Libingan ng Mga Bayani (Taguig City)
- PEFTOK Korean War Memorial Hall (Bayani Road, Taguig City)
- Corregidor Island Filipino Heroes Memorial (Corregidor Island, Cavite)
- Balete Pass Shrine (Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya)
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