Manila: A Glimpse of the Past in The National Museum of The Philippines

I’ve always wanted to visit The Philippine National Museum, but because of the busy schedule at school, and the fact that I don’t know how to go there, this plan was never realized, Until the last week of May, which also happens to be the National Heritage Month. (The admission is free during this month, awesome!)

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We first went  to the National Museum of Anthropology which houses the anthropology and archaeology divisions. There were a lot of interesting things in the exhibit such as full-sized cannons and helmets used by the Spanish soldiers 400 years ago, earthenware (some even have the Baybayin inscribed on them),Traditional clothing from different parts of the Philippines, and a lot more for your eyes to see.

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I wouldn’t mind taking the stairs if it was this nice!
(We took the elevator though when we were going down because our feet was already tired from walking around the 4 floors of the museum, but it was worth it!)

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Then we went to the National Museum of Fine Arts, (located just across the street from where the National Museum of Anthropology was.) it is housed in the old legislative building. The facade of the building had classical features using stylized Corinthian columns, ornamentation and Renaissance inspired sculptural forms.

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Upon entering the museum, you will be greeted by this beautiful sculpture.

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Behind it is the room where the largest panting in the Philippines is displayed, The Spoliarium by Juan Luna (painted in 1884). Some of the paintings in the museum were like windows of the past showing the daily lives of the people as well as their sufferings.
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While walking around the museum, you will see a lot of beautiful paintings which reflects the Filipino culture and at the same time showcasing the talent of the Filipino painters, it was even exhibited on bright walls which I found very pleasing in the eyes.

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Look at how beautiful this staircase is! (taking a picture is a definitely a must)

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Special thanks to my dear brother for accompanying me 🙂
Have you already visited The Philippine National Museum? if not, try to come and visit  soon! for more information, go to their website HERE

Till next time!
Camille ❤

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8 thoughts on “Manila: A Glimpse of the Past in The National Museum of The Philippines

  1. I also went there last May 28 and it was so packed with people. It was worth it though! My favorite was the room with old instruments, It was truly breathtaking. I am just sad that I didn’t went to National Museum of Fine Arts.

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    1. I went there on a weekday that’s why there were less people, and actually at first I didn’t know that the Fine arts section is separate from the Archeology section . 😂 HAHA

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  2. Excellent work enjoyed the information and will be visiting the museum very soon on my return to your beautiful country. I am delighted to be able to share this well presented article. Congratulations keep up the great work.

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