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The Museum of the Filipino People, Manila Philippines
The Museum of the Filipino People housed a vast collection of ancient things - paintings of the famous painters, archaeological treasures, origin and culture of the Filipinos and so much more.
Discover more, learn more and unveil the secrets of the past.
Why Visit Museums?
Museums have great collection of artifacts and ancient objects or things with cultural and historical importance to one country. It has also different galleries portraying past events and facts from ancient times, which is available for public viewing.
Most people especially teens hate to roam around museums. They said it was dull and boring and would rather hang-out in malls, bars and parks. Some would say they only visited this place because their projects/thesis requires them to.
But have you ever thought of learning something new out of the past? Didn’t you want to explore more, think more and feel the environment of ancient times?
I love museums. It makes me feel I've been there - on that time they used these things or made these carvings.
I love the fact that it housed the ancient remnants of history of our country's greatest leaders and heroes, as well as the timelines of our history.
You will see preserved archaeological things as well as the oldest jars used by our ancestors.
Before I started to tour you on different galleries, let's have a quick recap on this building:
The Museum of the Filipino People is a component or branch of the National Museum of the Philippines.
It houses the Anthropology and Archaeology Divisions and is located adjacent to the main National Museum building in Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park, Manila.
This building was renovated only in 2003 to transform it into the National Art Gallery of the National Museum.
It was originally designed as Public Library by Ralph Harrington Doane, an American Consulting Architect and his assistant Antonio Toledo.
The construction took some time to finish because of the lack of fund to continue. It was a part of Daniel Burnham's plan to develop the city of Manila and was inaugurated on July 16, 1926.
THE MUSEUM OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE GALLERIES
The San Diego Wreck-site Gallery
This gallery depicts the wreck site of the Spanish Ship San Diego and its artifacts. The traces of collision between San Diego and the Dutch Ship "Mauritius" on December 14, 1600 on the shores of Nasugbu, Batangas can be seen in this gallery.
San Diego is a Spanish trading ship or galleon built in Cebu City by European Builders, and was originally known as "San Antonio", that sank off the coast of Luzon in 1600. The gallery showed how the artifacts appeared when discovered by archaeologist 54 meters underwater.
Treasures also were retrieved from the ill-fated ship like porcelains, jewellery, tablewares, silvers and silver coins, jars and pottery.
The Origin Gallery (Pinagmulan)
This is one of the best galleries, showcasing the information on the origin of the Philippine Island as well as Filipinos. There are interactive displays, hands-on gadgets which you can really use to make the tour more meaningful.
Archaeological Treasures Gallery (Kaban ng Lahi)
This gallery portrays the burial practices of our ancestors. It shows burial jars as well as pottery that were retrieved from different caves. There were also jars shaped as human and with different facial expressions.
The Filipino Today Gallery (Kinahinatnan)
The gallery showcased the diversity of culture that is truly Filipino.
This exhibit is divided into 4 sections: The Filipino People, The Ecological Zones, The National Treasures and The National Living Treasures.
This gallery focuses on the material culture and environment - how they live, what do they use or do - of the different linguistic groups in our country.
There are a lot more to see in this Museum. The pictures are only one-eighth of the greatest things you can find on this treasured building.
It housed a vast collection of ancient things and information about the ancient times.
The tour itself is really enjoyable and fun, although make sure to be quite and follow the rules of the building.
It's sad to know that there are more people just sitting and walking around the park than on the building.
It is really good to visit Museums, uncover the facts, travel to the time of our ancestors, digging deeper on ancient culture and way of life and learning our history, hands-on!
Try to visit out cultural heritage and you will love it.
If you want to visit the Museum, here's a little guideline:
- Php 100.00/head for Adult
- Php 30.00/head for Students (students enrolled in Philippine schools)
Free Admission every SUNDAY (walk-in only no group tour)
Exhibits: Daily (Excluding Mondays and Tuesdays)
Museum Hours: 10:00AM - 4:30PM
For any other concerns, you can contact Museum Education Division, @
Telefax: (02) 527-0278
Tel.#: (02) 528-4912
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