Manila Museum Day Tour

Manila which has a rich and diverse history due to the colonization of other countries, also has a lot of interesting and informative museums that will provide ample knowledge about the Philippines' culture and art.

Metropolitan Museum of the Philippines

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The Metropolitan Museum of the Philippines also known as Met is located on the Central Bank of the Philippines Complex in Roxas Boulevard. It is across the Manila Yacht Club and is diagonal to the notable Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The premier museum is partly sponsored by the Central Bank of the Philippines or also known as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The museum is a nonsectarian, private, non-profit, non-political and independent cultural foundation. The museum showcases a modern, contemporary and precolonial Philippine art. The museum has traveling and permanent exhibitions.

The museum aims to have art available for everyone. The museum has interactive stations and educational programs that offers an integrative approach in both content and design. The Met is the first Philippine art institution that offers a pedagogical and bilingual program. It has confidence in using art as a tool in teaching social responsibility, cultural values and excellence. In 2010, it became the first museum that offers a disability-sensitive program that provides special facilities for visually impaired audiences.

The museum conserves the country's most precious national treasures. Including the 8th to the 13th century classical Philippine gold work which is located in the basement gallery of the museum. It exhibits evidences like ritual pieces, gold adornments and barter rings from the precolonial Filipino society. Also from the 8th to the 13th century is the classical Philippine pottery which is some household implements, burial vessels and ritual articles. The museum also includes exhibits like Aura: Religious Art which showcases Religious images that was crafted by various Filipino artists and Hidalgo: The Colonial Subject As Master exhibits the works of the notable Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. Also in the basement of the museum is the Three Buddha Mothers which are figurative sculptures that depicts the spiritual in the everyday life that is made by Agnes Arellano.

Cultural Center of the Philippines Museum

The Cultural Center of the Philippines Museum, also simply known as CCP Museum or the CCP Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino is located inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines at Roxas Boulevard. The museum aims to enrich the knowledge and understanding towards the national culture of the Filipinos. It exhibits various contemporary artworks from Filipino artists. It has impressive collections from all forms of visual expressions like paintings, jewelry and sculptures. The CCP Museum advocates the essential role of expressing creativity in life and culture.

The CCP museum houses Islamic pieces and archaeological artifacts. Some traditional Asian musical instruments that are from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Thailand are also exhibited in the museum. One of the permanent exhibit is entitled as Diwa: Buhay, Ritwal at Sining which showcases the artistic traditions of Filipinos together with the development of Philippine art.

Ayala Makati Museum

The Ayala Makati Museum is located in Makati City. It started as a Philippine history and iconography museum and was later on transformed to a museum of fine arts and history. The Ayala Museum, envisioned by the late artist Fernando Zobel Ayala y Montojo, became a reality as a project of the Filipinas Foundation, Inc. which is now known as the Ayala Foundation, Inc. in 1967. The first museum building that was inaugurated in 1974 was designed by Leandro V. Locsin, a National Artist in Architecture.

The Ayala Makati Museum is famous for their sixty (60) handcrafted dioramas that chronicles the rich but violent history of the Philippines, from major prehistoric period until the Philippine Independence from the United States in 1946. The museum displays collection of fine arts by three notable pioneer painters in the Philippine art industry, they are Fernando Zobel, Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo. The museum also features miniature maritime vessels that played a part in the growth of the Philippine trade and colonial economy. Another exhibition is of the thousand golden objects that was recovered from the 10th – 13th century Chinese ceramic exports. Golden adornments of deities and elite individuals like their necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, anklets and golden sashes. Those are just a few things that the Ayala Makati Museum offers, there are of course a lot more that this incredible museum showcases.

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