If you’re a big fan of Philippine history or Filipino arts (like me) or you just simply wanna travel and you’re looking for a place that is very accessible and cheap at the same time(again, like me); then the National Museum of the Philippines might be a good idea!
For those of you who have been in the museum in the past, well in my case I first visited this museum almost 5 years ago during my college days since this is very near my campus; I’m pretty sure you’re not really expecting too much from this place. But let me tell you this; after few years, the National Museum has improved A LOT. Yes, A LOT. Me and my best friend arrived at around 12 pm and we found ourselves going around the area until quarter-to-5! That’s almost 5 hours! Aside from the fact that the most parts of the museum are now air conditioned, the access to different floors are now made easier because of the elevator! Yup, you don’t have to tirelessly climb the stairs so you could go to your next destination! Though most of the floors are still not available and under renovation especially the upper floors of the building. The rest rooms are also very impressive! It’s very clean (probably because it haven’t been used that much), it smells good and there’s water and soap- how would you not love that!
These are some of the artworks you’ll see in the museum.
Just a quick reminder, you could take pictures of the artworks as much as you want but don’t get too close to it. The security guards are way more strict but that’s completely understandable because hey, these masterpieces are hundreds of years old already! And oh, you’re also not allowed to copy the poses of the statues. That’s a display of disrespect.
Stations of the Cross. (By an unknown Bohol Master).
The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 5pm. Before, there was an entrance fee except every Sunday but now, the museum are permanently free of charge since July 1st 2016! So there’s no excuse of not going to this beautiful place that showcases our rich culture and heritage! Since the museum is located inside the Luneta Park, it’s better to bring young kids and students with you so they could appreciate our own history even more. The easiest way to reach The Philippine National Museum is through LRT. It is only a few walks away from the United Nations Station.
UPDATE: National Museum just re-tweeted my post! I'll definitely visit again!