Balay Negrense Museum

Cinco De Noviembre St., Silay, Negros Occidental

Balay Negrense Museum
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Shareen B.
4.0 Stars
5

Welcome to Silay, the Paris of Negros! 10084

Showcasing ancestral houses and old/vintage buildings on each street you may pass through.

We visited Balay Negrense Museum and discovered that the owner of that ancestral house was the one who brought sugarcane to Negros. Before going to Bacolod City, pass by Balay Negrense at Silay City ✔️

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Majo V.
5.0 Stars

A house rich in family history, great antiques and a wonderfully knowledgeable and funny tour guide ;)

If you like old houses with a high creep factor this place does not disappoint. For a place that is more than 100 years old and home to the first sugar haciendero it's bound to have a few spooky stories. They even have a halloween party every November, talk about invoking the spirits. Besides the haunting pictures and creepy (really old) mirrors what freaked me out was these 3 dolls, it "face-captured" the one in the red dress and I swear it gave me Annabelle feels.

You got to check out the souvenir shop. Besides the traditional keychains and magnets, they sell local artists arts and artifacts made from uncut, continuous metal wires. Really wanted to get the huge metal sungkaan but I think I'll end up eating crackers and pancit canton at work for a month or two if I gave in.

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Gladys M.
4.0 Stars
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Our first destination is one of the ancient houses in Silay, known as the Balay Negrense. Entrance fee for adults is 60 pesos, 40 pesos for highschool/elementary students and 20 pesos for children.Balay Negrense is also near El Idel (ed-yal).

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Kathleen T.
4.0 Stars

Aside from being head over heels with Mother Nature, I also have an infatuation with antiques, maybe because they're made of wood and wood are from trees? Hahaha whatever. If you're like me, this place is for you. It's just kinda away from Manila, so be vigilant with piso fares and travel expos (I got my plane ticket here!), and we're so lucky because we were able to book a trip for only 800 pesos round trip.

Balay Negrense was our first stop after we arrived at Silay Airport, we kind of didn't made a research regarding transpos so we rode a taxi instead and paid more than what we should have paid. Tip: don't ride a cab! Just hire a tricycle instead and it'll cost you only a hundred. Our cab ride costed 300-500 (sorry I forgot the exact amount). It's also just 10 minutes away from the airport. It's Silay's Intramuros/Calle Crisologo but not as touristy as the two. It's also mostly houses and aren't adaptive reused structures.

There are few museums within the area, our first stop was Balay Negrense. It is the first museum to come up in the Negros Occidental province and is one of the most visited heritage house in Silay City. Inside this museum are tons of historical stuffs such as preserved Filipinianas, antique furnitures, vintage paintings, traditional kitchen (and utensils), weird and creepy looking dolls and toys, old office tools such as typewriters, etc and architecturally detailed columns, beams and facade. I even got the chance to play one of their antique piano's and it's an upright (I'm kinda musical, too, FYI hehe), it's a Steinway and Sons brand!! One of the most famous piano brands as of the moment and there is also a grand piano which is already out of tune and are already impaired in terms of keys, it's a Chickering and Sons! First ever piano company in the US.

This is a must-visit when in Bacolod! You'll love everything in this museum and some will creep you out, too! Hehehe.

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JÉz Q.
5.0 Stars

Whenever in the Paris of Negros, Balay Negrense is a must-see attraction! Its perffectly preserved that showcase the lifestyle of sugar baron in 19th century. Inside the museum lies a kaleidescope of arts and crafts from impressive sculptures to vibrant paintings of local artisans. It is well furnished with antique decorations. Enjoy!

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Jasper T.
3.0 Stars

You'd have to listen to the attendant first about the history of the house and people who lived there. It was quite interesting if you know the people that she was talking about, lucky for me I knew some of them, but the other visitors had a puzzled look on their faces.

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Jennifer N.
4.0 Stars

This is a beautifully preserved old house turned into a museum. Just check out the lovely wood carvings in the facade!

Once inside, you'll be transported back to the 19th century or early 20th century as you go room to room filled with furniture dating back from that era. You can easily imagine how the family lived back then. And you can imagine the wealth of the family based on how they lived, especially through the vivid descriptions provided by the tour guide.

Definitely a must see if you're in the area!

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Gene G.
5.0 Stars

Ever since I was still young, I would love going to museums. As I grew older, my love for museum and history grew stronger.

During my trip in May 2014, I really wanted to see old houses not just because I wanted to feel some eerie feeling. It was because I am interested with old houses and how up to this generation, ancestral houses still remain great. We went to Silay to visit Balay Negrense.

Balay Negrense is known for its concrete and brown wooden exteriors and how it still stands strong among the old houses in Silay. Victor Fernandez Gaston, who used to own this house, built it at the year 1897. When the house was done, along with his 12 sons and daughters moved in. Problems started to arise which divided their time between this house and Hacienda Buen Retiro. When Victor Gaston passed away, this was passed on to his children upto the next generation until the house became vacant. Before getting in the place, you have to pay for entrance fee.

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JÉz Q.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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