Ayala Museum

Makati Ave. cor. Dela Rosa St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila

Ayala Museum
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  • 25 Reviews
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Category:
Museum
Business Hours
Reopens Tue: 9:00a - 6:00p
Phone
+6327598288

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 7:00p
  • Monday
    • Closed
  • Tuesday
    • 9:00a - 6:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 9:00a - 6:00p
  • Thursday
    • 9:00a - 6:00p
  • Friday
    • 9:00a - 6:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 7:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Price Range

₱125 - ₱225

Most Recent Reviews

Mica C.
5.0 Stars

They have a special exhibit by renowned Filipino artist, Araceli Limcaco Dans. Highly recommend catching a unique glimpse of how she sees the world.

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars
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I was on my way to Greenbelt 5 when i saw a sign in big bold letters - Free Admission.  Oh goodie!  The last time I've set foot in Ayala Museum was ages ago.

On Colors and History.  Who would've thought that colors has history too.  The origins as to why we call Pink as such.  Interesting,  yeah?  There are a couple of items displayed on the wall that details the Filipino name of certain colors.  Aside from the informative pieces,  there are photos that showcase captivating photos that focuses on a particular color.  One of my favorites is the group of Tiboli Women dressed in their traditional clothing. 

Not bad for a free exhibit eh?  Albeit the limited pieces showcased,  Ayala Museum did enough to inform and educate the public - i am one of the enlightened ones.

PSA

I hope kids learn how to appreciate events like this and not focus on taking selfies.  Yes,  there's a rowdy bunch who came in who never bothered reading the fine print on some of the items.  They are too busy adding depht to superficial.

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Chachi L.
5.0 Stars
4

Entrance for the museum during that day was declared as free, so I gave it a try. I arrived late from my original plan and got in at around 5pm and basing from my last museum visit from Yuchengco, i thought that this amount of time would be enough. The museum has 4 floors consisting of art and history related displays. I decided to take the top floor first as a strategy taught by the person at the entrance.

The fourth floor consists of archaeological finds of ceramics and gold dating back from long long time ago. The ceramics exhibit was quite nice although they were somehow like your ordinary kitchen display. Next room in the said floor is a section dedicated to gold to which a lot of people were amazed by simply looking at them. There were too much gold from way back then that you can't seem to imagine how luxurious the datus and the prinsesas were back then. Last section in the said floor is a place dedicated for the indigenous tribes of the Philippines and their love for weaving.

The third floor was the art gallery place where some paintings and sketches were displayed. The souvenir shop is also located in this floor. I skipped this part for now since I was in a hurry to get to the second floor since it was nearing closing time already.

The second floor was my most loved floor of all because it consists of 60 dioramas depicting our history from primitive ages up to the end of the World War 2. It was the ultimate throwback of all time and it took me some time to read all of the caption in the diorama. I heard that there was an audio guide that is available for rent at Php 75 but I had already finished when I saw the rental booth. Aside from the dioramas are there were scale models of ships that were displayed at the entrance. The design of the ships were very detailed and intricate especially the majestic galleon.

I didn't get to explore the first floor that much but during my visit the floor was made up of different activity booths.

The museum closes at 6pm however they allow guests to stay up to around 6:30pm or 7pm to finish up the tour. Would love to go back and enjoy the 2nd and 3rd floor again.

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Golly B.
4.0 Stars

Visited Ayala Museum for BenCab's Portrait Exhibit! 10084

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars

I'm so happy that museum is starting to be embraced by Filipinos. Ayala Museum is one of the most accessible museum since its just inside the mall. This is currently one of my frequently visited museum since they have different echibit every now and then. Instead of watching cinema, we made going to museum as our leisure. I love the idea that they put up an openspace art outside for other people to appreciate more work of art by pinoy artist. This visit was bencab exhibit at the ground floor which was really wow! I also revisited the diorama floor. This one is educational. Give me a wild tour about Philippine history. The work of Fernando Zobel was also superb!
The exhibit on the open space is Stone Stories by @Hello_Ink. Which was really good. There is indeed a story in every stone in our life. 128522
Kudos to Ayala for promoting Art!128077

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Christina R.
5.0 Stars

128680128680128680LAST DAY TODAY128680128680128680 Defining Quirino is a free exhibit commemorating the 125th birthday of President Elpidio Quirino only until today, 11/28, so do take this last day to see it. It's a small exhibit on the 2nd floor of the museum. You can enter thru the 2nd floor, by the bridge way between Landmark and Greenbelt.

I've been wanting to see this because I didn't want to pass the chance for a free exhibit and because i was curious with what would be featured here. I know very little about Quirino, except that a street in Manila is named after him.

As you enter, small, colorful busts of the president will welcome you. To the left you'll see letters made by the Japanese to him thanking him for pardoning Japanese prisoners of war. A hand written letter from a 17-year old narrates how Quirino's "generous gesture"... Will lead "the prisoners to the winter sunshine" and that the Japanese can meet the incoming year of 1954 "with pleasure and satisfaction". This was a very controversial decision coming from the Japanese war that killed his wife and 3 children of the family in the Battle of Manila.

Several walls describe Quirinos life. He was the 6th president of the Philippines. He was a teacher at 16 years and walked 5 hours to teach in a barrio and he built 9000 schools when he was president. There are many controversies looming against Quirino too, like his infamous golden orinola, which of course you won't see in the exhibit. 125 postcard-sized portraits made by different artists to commemorate his birthday are on display. The drawing sessions for this was hosted by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and the Ayala Museum.

Towards the center of the room a TV was set up showing short documentaries about his life. They were very well made and I hope this will be shown to the public. He believed that "freedom is not free (and that) it is paid for with the blood of fighting men and stained with the tears of loved ones left behind". It was "March of the Valiant", a documentary on the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) that was incredibly moving for me to watch. About 7000 Philippine troops were sent to Korea in response to the call of the United Nations to help the newly formed South Korea combat communist NoKor. We were the third ground unit to enter Korea and the first Asian country to send a battalion. The Philippines then had the only soldiers in the UN contingent that had combat experience against communists as many of them also served the country against the Imperial Japanese Army that invaded Manila. Theirs are the stories of valor and heroism, of several victories lead primarily by our Philippine veterans. How they asked to drop the air bombs directly where they were disregarding their own lives, how they were outnumbered in one battle that they won and all of them survived and were accounted for, how they crawled for 2 hours just to reach enemy lines. It was the same time the demarcation line (DMZ) was established when both Koreas agreed on a ceasefire. We lost 112 soldiers, 61 POWs, and 16 missing in action that were never found to this day. President Quirino sent his son-in-law and grandson to the war, which I believe noneof the current politicians will do. It reminded me how the Philippines is always willing to help other countries in need. Makes you proud to see our countrymen were part of a bigger purpose. It makes you think that there is always a bigger picture, that our trivial problems are nothing compared to fighting a war where both parties believe that their cause is the one worth defending.

I was so fascinated by PEFTOK I couldn't stop talking about it with the H, especially since we dined on KFC (delivery, ang traffic kas kahapon!) paired with Pinoy Gris that we drank straight from the bottle. I was so interested in the stories about the war that I even googled it. The PEFTOK war memorial is in the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio. The veterans were honored just recently by the Quirino Foundation as part of the activities of the 125th birthday. South Korea has been providing scholarships to the descendants of the veterans. There are about 50 veterans still alive and they are now in their 90s. If you think you got a high from watching General Luna, then you should watch this documentary.

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Christina R.
5.0 Stars

The last thing I saw was my alarm clock flashing 12:07 before she pushed her long rotting nails through my chest, her other hand muffling my screams. I sat bolt upright, relieved it was only a dream, but as I saw my alarm clock read 12:06, I heard my closet door creak open.128123 Boo! 2-sentence horror this All Hallow's Eve just for you guys128123

In line with the cultural celebration of all things spooky in October, the Manila Symphony Orchestra performed their 8th rush hour series for 2015 in the Ayala Museum. Tickets were only 500, with members needing to pay only 400 & students 300. It was a very short program at the ground floor lobby, just 10 songs, including the encore in that count. My son & I went to The Horror Symphony last October 29 where they featured both familiar classical and pop songs. It was a very casual affair, with the host often injecting humor in between the performances. The musicians came out with scary make up, including fake eyeballs glued to their faces. Bulak in the nose, yes, meron din. Bangkay with that white tali to keep the mouth shut, check. It was a welcome sight to see an orchestra have fun that way.

Imagine hearing Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter live? That first ethereal ting-ting sound of a celesta/keyboard that begins the movie? Oh my son almost stood up to clap! He was totally livid being a HP super fan.

I myself loved Pavanne for a Dead Princess (c1899) by Maurice Ravel, who was only 24 when we made the song. It's not really for a dead girl. Haha. The composer was crazy enough to put dead in there because he said it sounded good to him. Maybe metaphorical. I wanted to close my eyes when I was listening to it. Very emotional piece. Parang sarap mag senti at mag drama.

Piece de resistance was their finale song of Thriller by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Grabe iba talaga ang live! It was this song where ako naman gusto tumayo. Come on, just imagine those beats, those notes, that chorus, and the dance moves! The host even did the whole voice over at the end of the song.

Their 9th & final show is on November 10, Opera vs. Broadway. Please do watch them. You might surprise yourself by enjoying the night.

So maybe you're wondering if a show like this for you? I believe the series is a great way to bring people who are not familiar with these kinds of shows or those who think orchestra music is boring. No need to pretend to be a cultural snob here. Who cares if naka jeans ka lang? Casual ito, as long as ur decent, wag naman naka pambahay lang sana. Who cares if a bunch of amigas sitting across you are chatting about amiga stuff? Aba, nakakain na ba sila ng isaw sa Mang Larry's? Who cares if the 2 college friends behind you were discussing how to invest in stocks? Wag ma-conscious. One of them pronounced poltergeist as powl-ter-geest anyway haha. The crowd is actually pretty mixed. Youngest I saw was about 7 years old. Go there, be yourself, and enjoy the show.

You can follow the Ayala Museum & the MSO for updates. They have so many activities you can try.

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Franz D.
5.0 Stars

I recently when to Ayala Museum’s Inspire Every Day. It’s a one day event wherein Ayala Museum waived it’s admission fee, had different events and freebies per floor/gallery.

God, it was amazing. But nonetheless, it was free so a lot of people came in. We came around 10am and the museum was full house already that we had to wait for 30 minutes.

Thankful still, we were able to get in! I heard the line was cut off around 2 or 3pm due to high demand of people. Even if it was my second time to visit, it is still amazing and lovely. ‘Til the next!

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Franz D.
5.0 Stars

The first time I visited this, I was with some Lyceum people because one of their Professors suggested that they visit Ayala Museum.. with him. On a Sunday. We availed their Student Discount promo! This museum visit is awesome, in a sense that we have Monsieur to guide us throughout the Museum! I was very lucky to be a part of that group, because I learned a lot from him. 128522

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Nikka A.
4.0 Stars

Since visiting Pinto, I wanted to see more modern art up close.

My colleague and I felt a bit artsy and took a cab to the Ayala Museum, where most foreigners try to get to know more of our Philippine history. And it's a really good place to start.

There were four galleries. The fourth celebrated the sophisticted culture of gold in our ancestry. It also displayed textiles and my personal fave, plateware!

The third gallery, although they constantly change exhibitions, feature the work of 20th century artists, Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Fernando Zobel.

We were only allowed to take photos inside the second gallery, which featured the Diorama Experience and an entire walkthrough of our Philippine history, from the tribes to our nation's independence.

This museum is more posh than others, some say it's overrated and a bit pricey (P225) but definitely worth it!

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Allen Y.
5.0 Stars

I love their dioramas and china collection!

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Zia M.
5.0 Stars

Two thumbs up to our colorful history!

I was tasked to guide our guests from the cruise to Ayala Museum last Monday. Take note, museums are closed on Mondays and so we paid for it to open just for the tourists. 128176

It starts with a short clip featuring the Ninoy Aquino revolution and all that stuff, then we divided the group into two. First group will go on the Fourth floor which have golds and textiles, and the second group will start with the Diorama.

Tourists were so amazed, and even I was amazed on how detailed the accessories of our ancestors have. If you could look at all the nooks and crannies of the jewelries and even ceramics that they have, they are simply amazing. Clever part is that they placed magnifying glass in a drawer-type so you could see it closely.

On the Diorama part, second floor, it was my best part, which could take you for an hour to understand fully the history of our nation. From the day, Philippines was discovered by Miguel lopez de Legaspi, to the Manuel Quezon Presidency, to Martial Law, all were so touching that it brought shivers while I was looking closely to the part where Emilio Aguinaldo was killed. 128549

Find time to refresh your memory on our nation and maybe you'll gain patriotism even just for a moment.

Foreign people appreciate it, then we must be proud of it.

Kudos on the Ayala Museum team esp Joy and Grace for accommodating us! 128077

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Kathleen Cerla G.
5.0 Stars

The museum has a lot to offer. The price is until 3rd floor P100-150 each . If you want to go to the fourth floor P250-300 each. And you need to see the fourth floor

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Bea Patricia J.
4.0 Stars

My bestfriends and I spent one of our date nights here for ART'S sake, and Up Dharma Down's 5-10 minute special. This photo is what I like best. It takes me to a whirlwind of emotions.

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Jacque B.
3.0 Stars

Last Monday my brother gave me 4 complimentary tickets to Ayala Museum and since I've never been to this place, I grabbed this opportunity.

It's a 6 level building but the museum area is located at G/F to 4/F only, the rest is Library.

We started at the 4th Floor - The Gold's Museum.
Good thing about this place is that you will get to know more about how our ancestors used gold in their everyday lives. Just outside the gold museum you'll find jars, plates, water containers and pots that are made of porcelains. These were also used by our great grand parents and some items came from nearby Indo-Malay countries.

3rd Floor - The Biography and Works of Fernando Zobel de Ayala
It's all about this man and his works; outside the gallery were items for sale.

2nd Floor - Significant Events in Philippine History presented in dioramas.
You will hear explanations to each diorama using a headset gear; ask it from the receptionist. There's a video wall playing Marcos Regime; its downfall and the rise of Cory Aquino to Presidency through People Power Revolution.

Ground Floor - Exhibit Gallery
For October paintings from Mexico were displayed. At the entrance, there's a wallpaper and Mexican costumes that you can wear and have your pictures taken as souvenir.

Opens from 9am to 5pm daily.
P300 per head, students have discounts just bring your ID. No food and drinks allowed, umbrella is also a no no but there's baggage counter where you can leave these items. Guards are so strict and picture taking is only allowed at 2nd floor so, if you're going there because of a research, I suggest that you bring your pen and notebook.

Nothing is spectacular about this place, napakalaki ng 4 level building para sa nilalaman ng museum pero ang interior design sa bawat floor ay pinag-isipan at ginastusan. I don't buy that video wall about Edsa Revolution, hindi dapat yun nandun. Naging masyadong obvious ang Ayala-Aquino alliance?

If you're bringing kids with you better start at 4th floor para maexcite sila sa Diorama coz if you'll start at the Ground Floor, for sure di kayo aabot sa 4th floor.

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Russel F.
5.0 Stars

It's a free museum day and the museum decided to invite artists from Terno recordings like Yolanda Moon, Hidden Nikki, Maude, Children of the Pilgrimage & Up Dharma Down to play some nice set and celebrate the day. We also had some nice and relaxing orchestral piece being performed by the Manila Symphony Orchestra (quintet), at the same day. The event started at 9am and expected to end by 6pm. Lines are very long when I came in, well, who doesn’t want a free museum visit with nice music to listen while looking through the pages of history, right?

The museum itself has a lot to offer in terms of sight-seeing and looking back at the past. There we have the Dioramas showing every piece of the puzzle from the Philippine history..like everything actually. There’s also an audio visual room telling the story of the Marcos’ regime where he declared the Martial Law and how People Power made Aquino the President of the Philippines during that era. There were also some galleries on the first and third level of the museum showcasing the Virtual odyssey Fernando Zobel’s “Journey into Space” and Jana Benitez’s artistic efforts (shown in the ground level).

People gather up on the lobby (where they set up a stage) when Up Dharma Down was about to play. Too bad their guitar player, Carlos wasn’t around due to some personal reasons as of Paul (bass player). The band played less-guitar oriented songs like “Night Drops” and “Turn It Well”; well, only songs from the new album. A bit sad, ‘cause I’m expecting they’ll play songs from the first 2 albums like “Layag” or “Blessed”. But anyway, it was a great experience and we couldn’t be more thankful to the people behind this event for making this happen.

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Mae A.
5.0 Stars

Went here yesterday with a couple of friends to attend Ambeth Ocampo's lecture on Apolinario Mabini. It astounds me as to how his life has been. Yes, he's the brains of the revolution but above all, he's a man who loves this country. Really good talk and lecture 128077

Oh, I was finally able to visit the 4th floor which holds the gold artifacts and ceramics. Indeed, it was worth my P350. 128077

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Myzyl C.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Mae A.
4.0 Stars

The last time I was here was way way back in college. And it was for my Spanish class. The setting back was purely academic. Going back here yesterday gave me a different feeling. I was able to see the dioramas of our Philippine history and had a new appreciation for it. Yes, my sense of nationalism heightened.

I was fortunate enough to even attend Prof. Ambeth Ocampo's lecture on Jose Rizal. I got a bit nostalgic as he discussed on who Rizal was. I felt like being in his class again but with a different set if people.

I should be giving this 5 stars BUT the "Journey into Space" was still closed (will open on July 1). I'll probably go back when it's open and be there for the final installment of Prof. Ocampo's lecture. 128522

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Tracy M.
5.0 Stars

Ayala Museum has a small space outside Greenbelt 5 called Artist Space for mini exhibits apart from their regular collection.

I attended my boyfriend's uncle's exhibit opening, Amoroso, and it was lovely! You guys should check it out. Pictured is one of my favorite pieces called Maddalena. :)

But anyway, there's ample space outside for a few cocktail tables, a small buffet setup, and chairs. Perfect size for a modest exhibit, IMHO.

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