BenCab Museum

Asin Rd., Baguio, Benguet

BenCab Museum
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Category:
Museum
Business Hours
Open: 9:00a - 6:00p
Phone
+63744427165

Hours

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

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Larah L.
3.0 Stars

Good to visit at least once when you're in baguio. Wish they had more interactive displays though (eg: to explain the artworks)

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Faith T.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars
10

What a visual treat!

Hey, let me tell you. I don't really consider myself an art guy nor did i think i had the patience to appreciate art... but lo and behold, i couldn't help but fixate on almost all the works on display. Took snaps of almost everything! The art exhibited here is amazing! Some of the designs and works can really pique your interest and evoke a certain level of appreciation because they were done so intricately well. Its mostly modern art so a lot of the stuff i'd say do look cool.

There's even a very interesting erotica gallery... #justsayin lol 128584

They do allow guests to roam their surrounding farms and go on an eco trail, but it was raining really hard making it impractical to go beyond the museum proper. 128547 Had to scratch that off. Such a bummer. I guess that leaves room to come back, and coming back opens up another chance to try more stuff from the Cafe Sabel menu. Yas. 128514

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Hazel A.
5.0 Stars
2

If you wanna go far away the city proper, this place is right for you!

It is located in Asin Road. If you're a traveller you can go there by riding a jeepney or a taxi. Entrance fees will be paid, around 150php for adults and lesser value for students.

It is a 3-story building full of paintings and arts made my local artisans that exemplifies the Cordillera culture, practices and beauty. So.. Don't forget to bring your camera! Every area in the museum is picture perfect!

You can spend the whole day here or approximately 4-5 hours of you're day if you wanna go to other place as well. If you've gone tired and hungry, there's a cafe on the first floor overlooking Mother Nature. Perfect view for a sumptuous meal! Plus, there's a man-made body of water that has a bridge connecting to a gazebo. I think it's more beautiful it you're looking at it from the third floor veranda:)

There's also a trekking activity after the body of water but you need to ask the front desk for that.

I was born and raised in Baguio City but I went here for the first time in my 22nd Birthday. It's a shame. And I'm calling everyone to visit the place! It's perfect for everyone and you wouldnt regret it.

PS. They don't have wifi. I guess we need not to have it sometimes :)

#whenwifiisanecessity

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Scy L.
4.0 Stars
10

In continuation of our Baguio tour (full article here http://scysze.blogspot.com/2016/07/travel-diary-baguio-city-revisited-it.html)

The next morning, we decided to first stop at Bencab Museum located at Asin Road. This is a cultural tourist spot where you can view various works of art from Bencab and other famous artists. It's quite far and for commuters, I suggest you take a taxi and rent them. Because it is not easy to catch another taxi going back to town especially on slow days. There are jeepneys that travel back and forth though. But they may well be packed with passengers. So it depends on you and your convenience.

Entrance is at 120 Pesos for the museum and if you're feeling up to it, you can try a light trekking along the native village of Tamawan for another 120 Pesos plus tour guide fee, You'll get to see native houses and numerous trees and other vegetation. I didn't try it though, for two reasons. One, I had my puppy with me and pets aren't allowed inside and on the eco-trail even if they have diapers on. So my companion had to stay outside while I explored the museum.

There were quite a handful of people there. Mostly tourists. Mostly people who don't know shit about art and was only there for a few selfies and photographs. Not that I am against selfies, I did take a few, myself, but honestly, might as well curate your own museum!

There are a few pieces I appreciated, and if I did have the money, I would buy a few of them and hang them in my own gallery. I like art and sometimes I think I can paint as good as some artists. But that is another story.

Generally, art is about what a piece makes you feel. There are quite a lot of paintings and I want to show you so check my video later at the bottom of this page.

There is a restaurant and garden at the basement, well sort of basement of the building. You can take selfies here all day if you want. It was really unfortunate I couldn't stay and eat, as bored souls were already waiting for me outside. I think I spent an hour inside the museum by myself.

PS I have a video of the place on youtube or you can check my blog too :)

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Annechile S.
5.0 Stars
3

Loved this place! I am not a big art fan, but I enjoyed visiting this museum. 128077🏻

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Marjorie G.
4.0 Stars
7

You’ve seen that sappy film That Thing Called Tadhana where two strangers who met on a plane decided that it’s not creepy to launch a Cordillera trip with someone you just met? Yeah that movie, well one of the places they went to is BenCab Museum.

So we went there but I wasn’t as lucky as Angelica P’s character to have a JM de Guzman of my own. We were given a choice to join one of the staff to walk us through the gallery or to go off on our own. It was a chance for some interaction but I went off on my own instead and appreciated the artwork in my own pace.

The BenCab Museum is home to the art collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab). Each floor has rooms where the artworks are exhibited. There's the Bencab Gallery, Erotica Gallery, Cordillera Gallery, Print Gallery, Patio Salvador, Graffiti Wall, Gallery Indigo, Maestro Gallery, Larawan Hall, Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery, Sepia Gallery, Bulol Installation, and Edison T. Coseteng Patio.

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Amyxal V.
4.0 Stars
5

I'm not really an artist but I do appreciate art, like I did to what Bencab Museum had to offer. I have seen the renowned National Artist's works at the National Museum before.

It has a modern architecture that not only showcases his own artworks, but also his art collections. One of the highlights was the Cordillera gallery where you can see his fascination with the indigenous tribal people and their lifestyle, religion and art -- and some of the carved objects are utilitarian in nature like furniture and weapons. I can say that Bencab is an adopted son of the Cordilleras as he has lived in Baguio for many years.

The "Erotica" gallery is not definitely for the minors! I saw a family entering the gallery but exited right away. Haha. But if you're mature enough and having an open mind, you will appreciate what the gallery has to offer. Sex is an intrinsic part of life and this subject in art is not really new.

The gallery of portraits was also interesting. My favorite piece was Bencab's self-portrait done by the help of a Xerox machine.

The beautiful garden outside the museum demonstrated the indigenous way of life, their farming and housing.

There was also the Cafe Isabel inside the museum, but we we were short of funds now hahaha. Will definitely try that when we visit the museum again. Fortunately, there was someone outside the museum hawking strawberry taho which you should try when you visit Baguio.

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Gennie M.
4.0 Stars
2

A must when in Baguio! I just hope it will not be too commercialized so as not to lose it's ambience.

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Kirstie Mel V.
4.0 Stars

I'm not much of an artsy person, but this place got the best view outside (combo of mountain and nipa hut and strawberry fields.) It's just very far from the city but the displays are all well.

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Mary Love S.
3.0 Stars

I love visiting art museums. Immersing yourself in the art world and being around beautiful pieces can do wonders! I always feel happier after visiting an art museum. But such was not the case when I visited Ben Cab Museum.

Hello, Ben Cab Museum!

I had no idea that it could be so hard to reach this place on a Saturday. The road leading to the well-loved museum is so narrow that cars from opposite ends take turns to use it. It probably took us one hour to travel a 1 kilometer distance. Luckily, we managed to get parking without any problem.

We went in and paid entrance of PHP100 and started our art appreciation day.

We saw a lot of wooden art pieces that are distinctly Filipino. There were also several paintings and a few installation arts during our visit.

However, the place was too crowded and noisy making my trip rather unpleasant. Selfie sticks everywhere. Most visitors were too busy taking the best selfie than enjoying the beautiful pieces around them.

The only place that was not crowded was the Erotica Room where several vulgar sculptures and paintings are displayed. However, it was a bit too R-18 for me so left after a quick walk around the room.

Since we got there around noon, R and I decided to have lunch at Ben Cab's cafe. Buuuuut, the place was packed and we had to wait for an hour JUST TO ORDER! It was too crazy!

We just went to the nice garden and then headed out.

Good thing there was a strawberry taho vendor outside. He saved us from being hangry.

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Ar V.
5.0 Stars

A must see place when in Baguio.. Seeing the paintings and art collection will make you prouder to be Filipino.. For only 100 pesos as entrance fee you'll get a deeper appreciation of the passion and hard work that it takes to produce such works of art..

Worth the trip. 🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽

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Nikki C.
5.0 Stars

Very educational museum 128077🏻
Each painting, each stroke is filled with heart and passion.

For the owner and artist, this is a dream come true for him. To showcase his very own art plus collections from tribes in the northern part of the country. 🇵🇭

Honestly, I am less of an artistic person. I guess I can say that I'm artistic in which I let my readers see my art through my photos and travel, but I am less of a person that is artistically in drawing or art. But when I came to this museum, my emotions are quite stirred up and I caught myself traveling historically through time and seeing Philippines in another angle. Yes, visiting museums are therapeutic! 128522

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Tommy T.
5.0 Stars

A collection of treasures, culture and nature, must see when in Baguio

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Golly B.
5.0 Stars

The most beautiful museum I went to! I've been to 3 Bencab exhibit and none of them beats bencab museum. I feel that the paintings was surreal and Im part of it! Weird feeling but it's true 10084️ Must visit! Good hang out place when you need to have a fresh air and find your soul. 128171 I love you bencab thabks for making my dream come true! Having a selfie with you is a privilege and honor 11088

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Gj A.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Krishna M.
3.0 Stars

After touring around the museum this would not be completed without tasting the dishes the museum has. The foods are quite pricey. We ordered special turon, carbonara and special iced tea with lemon grass. Overall, taste quality wise it was just fine, it didn't yield to my expectation. The turon struck me the most cos instead of langka as what is mostly common wrapped inside, this one has pineapple in it, it didn't blend that much with the banana. It has ice cream beside to add the taste of the turon. On the other hand, the carbonara tasted creamier but in general it was fine, maybe the add-on's didn't work for me. All in all, I give this 3 out of 5 stars.

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Janine R.
5.0 Stars

This is the second museum I've visited after Pinto Art Gallery in Antipolo. This reminds me that I still haven't submitted a review for that. Too much backlog happening haha.

For an entrance fee worth 100 bucks, sobrang worth it! It was my first time here. The whole museum is built inside a 4-storey building. Upon entry, what greets you is the reception area and slightly to the left is the souvenir shop. This is also where the famous tile piece named 32 variations of Sabel by BenCab is.

We were lucky that Re:view 2015 collection was in view during our recent visit. Most of them are showcased at the third floor (I think). Some craft look like the ones I saw in Pinto, no doubt magaganda din. Another thing that caught my attention here is the Erotica Gallery. I don't want to spoil you, so I'll let the name of the gallery explain for itself. So many interesting pieces... That's where I took the photo above.

Moving to the second floor, it houses the contemporary artworks. Can't help but admire the antiques and wooden crafts.

Bottom floor is where the Cafe Sabel is. Sadly, we didn't get to taste what the cafe has to offer bc we were planning to head back to the city for lunch. A few walks away is the garden/pond that has a gazebo in the middle. There's also a small strawberry farm at one side. The view, or place rather, is just amazing!

There's also an eco-trail tour but heard it's only available on certain days.

How to go here?
Via Cab: I learned from a local that transpo to the place via cab is pricey, around Php 300, one way. Another problem is your ride back to the city proper, since not a lot of taxis pass by the area.

Via Jeepney: we took this option, I do think marami pang mapaglalaanang bagay yung 300-peso fare so 128522. The jeepney terminal is just a few walks from the Baguio City (wet) Market. Take a jeepney with Asin Road on its body markings, or you could ask the barkers/drivers if these are headed to BenCab Museum. For just 11 pesos per person (one way), you have saved a lot.

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Cindy S.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Abby M.
4.0 Stars

Won't go into details of this place, but I like it's sleek interior design. For Php100 entrance fee, you can roam around this 4-storey building and see various artworks and artwork forms. You can also enjoy a cafe and a view at the lowest floor.

Tip: For an additional cost, ask your cab driver to wait for you, as there are very few public transportation within the area.

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