DIY Travel Guide to National Museum of the Philippines

Travel Guide to National Museum of the Philippines

Revisited on May 2011
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A long overdue post, photo blog session with Ranelle Dial and  Drei, armed with a compact digital camera.
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Travel Guide to National Museum of the Philippines
About National Museum
The National Museum of the Philippines is the official repository established in 1901 as a natural history and ethnography museum of the Philippines. It is located next to Rizal Park and near Intramuros in Manila. Its main building was designed in 1918 by an American architect Daniel Burnham. Today, that building, the former home of the Congress of the Philippines, holds the National Art Gallery, natural sciences and other support divisions.

The adjacent building in the Agrifina Circle of Rizal Park, formerly housing the Department of Finance, houses the Anthropology and Archaeology Divisions and is known as the Museum of the Filipino People.” – friendly Wiki

What to see in the National Museum of the Philippines

The museum is housed in two adjacent buildings. One within the boundaries of Luneta Park and the main building along Finance Road.

Both entrance fees charge a minimum door fee to tourists and visitors, while the students can avail discounts and free entrance to children below three feet. Note that you may not bring in DSLR [Digital Single-Lens Reflex] cameras. Only camera phones and digital cameras are allowed and please turn your mobile phone in silent mode when roaming around the museum. More importantly, the museum is closed every Monday.

First stop is the main building, the former Congress of the Philippines.

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Travel Guide to National Museum of the Philippines
Art students listens to the museum’s curator Juan Luna’s Spolarium
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Juan Luna’s Spolarium

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Finally with Juan Luna’s masterpiece: Spolarium

This room houses paintings of Jose Joya, Manansala and other visual artists. The paintings below were from Jose T. Joya – House of Nikko, 1064, oil in canvas, 172 cm x 198.3 cm

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​Ranelle Dial,  Bembol Dela Cruz and other contemporary visual artists had a group exhibit in 2008. It houses surreal paintings and installation arts and are remarkably still on  display inside the National Museum, although when we visited the room, it was padlocked and totally in chaos. The room was filled with dust and cobwebs, we tried to look for an authorized person who could unlock the door, but apparently the security guards knew nothing. The museum last year was under-construction. I remember my sister saying the museum is always under construction, the hallways and elevator of the building that time looks terrible and unappealing.  As I was composing this, the website [http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph/] is having viewing errors. I was excited to browse for “The National Museum – 360-degree Virtual Tour” online, it looks like it’s still under construction.
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travel guide to national museum of the philippines
hallway to National Museum’s 3rd Floor
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The adjacent museum in Agrifina Circle of Rizal Park [former Department of Finance] safe-keeps the Anthropology and Archaeology Divisions. This area typifies the culture-hype Philippines, perhaps the popular destination of student’s educational tours. One can learn to give a true meaning to how rich the Philippine archipelago is, in terms of natural resources, creativity of the natives, abundant wildlife and history unfolds.
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The Ifugao House and Landscaping [presented by Petron Corporation] Fhaley Ad Henenga. An Ayangan House from Mayaoyao, the Ayangan heritage is a sub-group of the Ifugao people. Made from a heavily thatched roof serves as protection against the rains and cold weather of the region. If you’re into geocaching, this spot right here is famous for it. We were able to find a hidden cache assigned in the given GPS location.
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More relics of preserved exotic animals.

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preserved Philippine Eagle
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The Philippine Eagle is also known as monkey-eating eagle. It has brown and white-coloured plumage, and a shaggy crest, and generally measures 86 to 102 centimetres (2.82 to 3.35 ft) in length and weighs 4.7 to 8 kilograms (10 to 18 lb). Among the rarest, largest, and most powerful birds in the world, it has been declared the Philippine national bird. It is critically endangered, mainly due to massive loss of habitat due to deforestation in most of its range. Killing a Philippine Eagle is punishable under Philippine law by twelve years in jail and heavy fines.
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Chinaware and ceramics from Ching Dynasty Griffin Shipwreck Pilas Group of Island, Basilan
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Above: A shell midden and native’s urn
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Butuan Boat
Written records in countless history books have always claimed that the Philippines, being an archipelago, had an extensive and ancient maritime culture. No physical evidence for the presence of boats used for the open waters was available to support this idea until the major discovery of prehistoric boats in Butuan in 1978. Pothunters in search of the famous Chinese ceramics buried in the city, revealed several pieces of wood –  certainly of no value to collectors. However, the “worthless” timber turned into a major boon for the study of Philippine Prehistory, providing proof of the ancient boat-building technology of the early Filipinos as well as their participation in the regional maritime activities of Southeast Asia.
When the news of the discovery reached the National Museum, a team was sent to excavate the water-logged materials. Eight boats were discovered, three being excavated with dates 320, 1250 and 990 AD. Archeologists identified the boats as “balangay“, mentioned by historians like Alcina and Scott, and various Chinese chroniclers. One of the Butuan boats has been preserved and reconstructed for public display in the National Museum.”
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Astrolabe [hanging navigator]
Bronze before 1590
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Salapa [Lanao del Sur]
Nganga [Cigarette} container
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Pandanan Shipwreck
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In 1993, scuba divers from a pearl farm discovered large ceramic jars off the coast of Pandanan Island in Palawan. Underwater archeologists revealed the presence of a Southeast Asian trading vessel loaded with tradeware ceramics, dating to the 15th Century. This re-creation of the Pandanan excavation illustrates how archeologists conduct research underwater. Wooden rafts built as working platforms were  moored over the wreck, serving as storage, power sites, and housed the compressed air for scyba gear. Underwater excavation was guided by a centerline used as a reference point for measurements. A movable square grid was applied to record the location of each  archeological specimen recovered and photographs were taken using special equipment. A diver excavates using a vacuum hose generated by water pump while another diver inspects the seabed cleared by the vacuum.”
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ancient canon balls were made of stones. Note that we did not allow her to touch anything from the museum, we strictly guided her, she just have that fascination with marbles =)
first books published
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Update:
As of August 2018, the National Museum of Fine Arts is finally completed. I have some photos posted over at our Facebook Page (DeiVille) just in case you want to see the upgrade they made.
http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph

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11 thoughts on “DIY Travel Guide to National Museum of the Philippines”

  1. >I enjoyed the photo where your daughter was sitting beside an ancient canon. For a moment there, I thought the display looked so real until a realized that it is a real child in the display. hahahahaha.

  2. QWorks Construction

    >Great post! I really, really appreciated since it has given me a lot of interesting and useful ideas. I’ve been searching for similar post like this the whole and fortunately I was able to land here.

  3. >You know what, the National Museum is really underrated. It's actually very very nice and has drastically improved from before. The last time I was here was more than 5 years ago and it seems to be even betterAnd I'm glad they now allow taking photos!

  4. Green Dei / Daryll

    >Indeed, government should allocate more funds to improve the whole museums. There were dirty/vacant and unused galleries. Museum management needs to set up more activities to rejuvenate National Museum.

  5. I am R0ckstarm0mma!

    >I know I haven't lived and haven't proved myself to be a true Filipino until I have visited that museum. can't believe I haven't visited the national museum yet. lol ButI want to visit it soon w/ my daughter, it's a must. Gonna push for that soon. 🙂

  6. >pity me.. hindi pa ako nakakapunta dito, before i read this post im planning to visit all the museums here in the Philippines.. great post indeed..

  7. >I've always wanted to go to the National Museum. The last time I went here was during my 3rd grade field trip. Seeing your post even encouraged me all the more to check it out.

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