Filipinos are slowly becoming museum goers ever since there was a surge of of art exhibits in the past years. Decades ago, museums are merely places for students to go to for field trips or when their history or art teachers tell them to do so. Big and beautiful places of art and culture and yet people only go there as an academic requirement.
Museums now are not just for field trips. There are varieties of museums around Manila ranging from cultural to even as sassy as a dessert museum. There’s a museum for the science nerds and one for the Instagram die-hards.
Let us admire though, the museums that take our breaths away with the layout and design.
PINTÔ ART MUSEUM
Located inside a quiet village in Antipolo, is the largest outdoor museum in the Philippines. You will be surprised with the quaint small entrance because it leads you to a huge property full of artworks in various mediums. Pintô owner, Doctor Joven Cuanang has been an art collector for years. He has opened Pinto Art Gallery in New York, but nothing beats Pinto Art Museum.
You will need a map to see the whole place. As each area is themed. You will have your exercise and art immersion in one go. It is worth the sweat, I promise! Especially when the sun starts to set and you can watch it on top of one of their view decks.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
This museum only opened last May of 2018, but the anticipation before it opened was extremely felt by everyone.
The National Museum Act, which was passed in 1998, mandates the conversion of three civic buildings within Rizal Park, the Legislative Building, the Finance Building, and the Tourism Building, into museums. The Finance Building was the first to be repurposed. In 1998, the building was converted into the National Museum of Anthropology. The Legislative Building was converted into the National Museum of Fine Arts in 2000. The Tourism Building would later become the National Museum of Natural History.
The dome and supporting structure was dubbed as the “Tree of Life” and will cover the courtyard of the six-storey building.
A trip to Baguio will never be complete if you don’t see Bencab Museum. After your morning city tour, it is highly recommended you go to Bencab for an afternoon of winding down. Not only surrounded by contemporary and indigenous art but also by the fresh cool air of Baguio.
Bencab is probably one of the highest paid artists in the Philippines. It also fitting he gets to have his own works curated in such a beautiful place. He even bought the forest in front of the building to make sure that it will protected.
You ready for some museum hopping?