Must-Visit Museums in Manila

Admit it, whenever one is being asked of “What to See” or “Where to Go” in Manila, museums would take the bottom part of the list. I don’t know but even I, myself, find it boring whenever I hear the word “Museum”. Maybe, I fear that I’ll have information overload, that I’ll get suffocated; that museums are just for intelligent people… hmmm… okay enough of that.

Again, this 14-year-old-brother-of-mine is having some addiction recently. And guess what? He’s been enjoying and getting passionate about museums. At first, it was quite weird for me, but hey, he made me realize that museums now are different. The glow in his eyes every time he talks about that little stuff he saw in a museum makes me want to see it myself.

So let me share you some cool must-visits museums around Manila. Yes, they’re just around the metro, so, no need to think about any Manila airfares, long bus rides, or whatever. (And yes they’re not your ordinary “Please-Fall-in-Line-Silence-Only-Please-Hands-at-Your-Back-Experience”).

Trick Art Museum
Trick Art Museum is one of the attractions in Seriland, The Land of Happy Thoughts in Manila Ocean Park. It is a gallery of 3D Art that brings paintings into life. For more information, you can visit their official website You can contact them at (02) 559 9563 or send them an email to Tickets are sold Php150.00/pax.

Me and my little bro at the Seriland Museum

Mind Museum
The Mind Museum is the first science museum of its scale and scope – it makes Science come alive and very interactive. For more information, you can visit their official website, You can contact them at (02) 909 MIND or send them an email to Tickets are sold Php600/adult and Php450 for children & students. They’re open from Tuesday to Sunday.

National Museum
The National Museum is a cultural center that preserves our country’s rich artistic, historical, and cultural heritage. Here lies the national cultural treasures of the Philippines, one of them, is the famous Spolarium. For more information, you can visit their official website, The National Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00AM-5:00PM.

Me at the National Museum’s Entrance
Anyways, Good News for you guys! The National Museum’s admission fee is for FREE for the whole month of October. Just click the poster below for more info.

Ayala Museum
The Ayala Museum is more of a hub of mixed media; they features unique, one-of-a-kind seminars, exhibits, workshops all throughout the year. And what makes Ayala Museum different from the others? It’s just within the busy Makati, adjacent to Greenbelt 4 to be exact. They’re open from Tuesday to Friday, 9:00AM-6:00PM, weekends at 10:00AM-7:00PM.

Museo Pambata
No wonder why Museo Pambata is always present in Kindergarten’s Field Trip itinerary; it’s fun and interactive which make the educational tour enjoyable for the kids. For more information, you can visit their official website You can contact them at (02) 523 1797, (02) 523 1798, and (02) 536 0595. Museo Pambata is open from Tuesday-Saturday 9:00AM to 5:00PM, every Sundays at 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Entrance Fee is Php100/person.

Okay, that’s it. So are museums still BORING? Nah. I’ll be starting my museum-hopping next week. Hope you’ll start yours too. πŸ™‚

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Oooh! Also, Museo Pambata has stuff like, Storytelling workshops by Kuya Bodjie from Batibot! Or dances or whatever. Kakatuwa! I wanna wanna pero di pa kami makaporma ng punta for some reason πŸ˜›

    Need to go to Mind Museum na din! πŸ˜€

  2. Batangala says:

    Maybe you can also include the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the back of the BSP Complex along Roxas Boulevard. I am not sure how much they charge now. It was still free when we went there, which was a long, long time ago. They also have a money museum there.

  3. Chasing Philippines says:

    @ eileen of Possibly Pinay,

    Ay, oo nga noh. I forgot to include that famous storytelling of Kuya Bodjie. Naku, kailangan mo ng dalhin yung baby mo dun. πŸ™‚

    Yup, I BADLY NEED TO GO TO THAT MIND MUSEUM TOO… been hearing a lot about it.

  4. Chasing Philippines says:

    @ Batangala,

    Oh, thanks for that info. Havent heard about that Metropolitan Museum of Art before. Ang naririnig ko lang before is 'Metropolitan Theater' hehe

    Hope wala pa rin syang bayad or at least minimal fee lang para mas accessible sa karamihan

  5. Paula O says:

    I wanna go back to Museo Pambata ^_^ Mich!

  6. Chasing Philippines says:

    @ Paula O,

    Got any pics paula? wanna see kuya bodjie in person. heeh πŸ™‚

  7. gelaikuting says:

    Wew! gusto ko puntahan lahat lalo na yong mind and trick art museum. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  8. Hi! You may also want to visit the Geronimo B. de los Reyes, Jr. Museum (GBR Museum) in Gen. Trias, Cavite. We have one of the most extensive collections of old photographs showing the daily life of Filipinos from the 1800s.

  9. There really are a lot of beautiful museums in the country. If you happen to be in Cebu, check out these museums and galleries that are totally worth the visit =)

  10. Peter Cares says:

    I'll make sure to make time visiting these museums. Honestly, if not because of you, I will not know about these places. LOL. This should be on Manila News today. I believe that these kind of places should be on news papers and news portals. These are for spreading good vibes. Do you agree?

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