National Museum of the Philippines

Museum of the Filipino People, P. Burgos St., Manila, Metro Manila

National Museum of the Philippines
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レロン テ.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Pat D.
5.0 Stars

Free museum admission? Push! :)

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Annechile S.
4.0 Stars
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Free Entrance free? Why not? Brought my team and we enjoyed it. Though there are so many "bawals" there. Nevertheless, it was fun! 128515

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Pauie P.
4.0 Stars
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Too many pictures to upload here. We were actually thankful that the Museum is open to all and free of entrance. Got to see the Spoliarium and other works of arts. I hope they will also display ancient fossils and crafts that showcase Filipino life from then and now.

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Ann R.
1.0 Stars

Guards should have better attitude towards their visitors, the lady guard in the big room has an attitude she is not good for first time comers like us because she embarass the visitors. Will definitely not gonna come back again after this experience. 128545 It was clear in the picture that I wasn't happy anymore after the lady guard approached(embarassed) us.

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Chachi L.
5.0 Stars
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If you'd like to have a different weekend experience, visiting the galleries of the National Museum will surely answer your needs. The museum is filled with paintings and sculptures of different artists. The most popular from all of the gallery displays is the gigantic Spoliarium by Juan Luna which you will get to see once you've entered the museum.

The National Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays. As of writing, National Museum entrance fee is now free! :)

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Emem S.
4.0 Stars

Overthinking kills.

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Marc G.
5.0 Stars
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It's just a few steps away from my school in college but it's the first time I was able to go inside the buildings of National Musuem. 128517

Took advantage of the admission ( Month of May - June). I'm glad that a lot of people are coming to check the collection of paintings, art pieces, and all those indegenous materials from our country.

Overall, I enjoyed everything I saw. It's kind of tiring because I checked out every pieces from the two buildings of National Museum, but it's all worth it because the experience opened my eyes to appreciate and help nurture our rich culture, our history.

I reallt encourage everyone to pay a visit to NM. Don't miss the chance to see all those amazing works and stuffs.

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Harold L.
5.0 Stars
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I was able to visit National Museum last 10th of March 2016. Within standing in front of the building, specifically the Art Building, I was mesmerized by the simplicity of the structure, which at the same time, also brings out its elegance. Upon entering the building, I paid 50php as student entrance fee, which I found quite modest for such a prestigious gallery.

For an introduction. the National Museum is divided into two buildings, which I defined as Arts and Artifacts. The Arts Building has two floors open for display - the ground mostly consisting of historical and antique artworks, and the second, contemporary and abstract art. Each floor is subdivided by different function rooms, depending on the type and chronology of the paintings present, while the corridors are mostly studded with sculptures and other paintings.

I, together with my friends, only got the chance to visit the Art Building due to time constraints, but despite that, we were fully content with the displays we saw, and actually wanted to stay longer. Having no initial idea on what displays are to be expected, I kept my eyes open for surprises, to which I was not failed.

The first painting we saw was the Spoliarium by Juan Luna, since it was at the center of the first room that was apparently used by politicians before. Personally, I did not expect it to be as huge as I first thought it was; it was bigger than that, estimating to be at least 4 meters tall and 7 meters wide. Yup, it was THAT BIG. After admiring Juan Luna's masterpiece, we went on to explore other art,

The sculptures on display were generally old and made of remarkable stones, mostly resembling the standard life of Filipinos before and their culture. The details on each sculpture are impeccable - even I was amazed by the fine details present in every creation. What's more unbelievable is the fact that a lot of those sculptures were carved by one artist, whose name I sadly forgot.

Each painting depicted the rich and mysterious culture of our ancestors, often involving important events in history and even their daily lives. From the Catholic influence of the Spaniards, the natives' way of living, World War 2, government officials of the country, People Power, to even the most abstract of paintings, the image of Filipino creativity is naturally obvious. It takes anyone back to the times when life was simple and modern technology was nonexistent. Added by the good lighting and spacious aisles, one could make a good impression and reflection on every piece of art on display. Looking at these paintings can really make you feel a certain difference in your sense of nationalism, which even I can't explain. Admiring each one of them might take time, but it's all worth it.

That was just the first floor I was talking about, by the way. The second floor has a different story; this time, it was all about mystery and curiosity.

The second floor of the National Museum mainly consisted of paintings and sculptures from the 60s to present day. It was a completely different story as to the paintings aforementioned. The ones I saw were remarkably colorful and playful, notable for the swirls of colors depicting emotions and hidden stories beneath it. What got my interest as well was reading the descriptions of the paintings as based from the artists, which definitely shows that each of these abstracts symbolized a deeper meaning. These paintings are not just swirls and colors; they are history in itself.

Now, for my personal favorites.

In a large building filled with the most beautiful works of art and wonder, choosing a selected few as favorites would be one tough challenge. Though unique in their own ways, they all have its own way of attracting the visitor, might it be the theme, structure, or story behind it. What attracted me the most is the Sarimanok sculpture, as seen below, for reasons even I can't explain properly. Upon laying my eyes on its golden beauty, something in me felt triggered. It was an unfathomable feeling of nationalism and joy that dominated me as I admired its beauty and simplicity. Such feeling convinced me to take a photo of it - noting that I only took a few photos inside the museum to maximize the time I had to personally admire the scenery - for me to be reminded of its glory.

Another one of my favorites is the painting I was staring at in one of the photos. As far as I can recall, it was painted in tribute of the People Power 1, the biggest display of national unity in the history. I, personally, am an avid fan of People Power stories, not only because I was born on that day twelve years later, but because I was amazed by the extraordinary occasion wherein our world literally stopped to fight for each other. The painting itself was able to trigger such feeling, specifically the swirls of yellow that I think was a depiction of unity and nationalism. It may not seem as much, but for a young commoner like me, the emotions running inside gave me inspiration.

Coincidentally, when we visited the museum, they were featuring arts from the famous Ben Cabrera - mostly known as BenCab - entitled "BenCab: Appropriated Souls". I have only heard of him before, so seeing his works of art in person felt like a genuine honor for me. They were all so magnificent in their own ways that I myself can't give enough emphasis to how amazing they all are. It's truly an exhibit to be seen in person for one to understand my expressions.

Believe it or not, through what might be a confusing review, I have not gone to half of my short but memorable visit to the National Museum. It might be because I forgot some of my experience due to a long interval, or the fact that I just took 40 exams after my visit, but I personally know that even I can't elaborate enough on how amazing one trip to our national symbol can be. The best I can do is to encourage people to visit it and let them feel the magic of our cultural endeavors.

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Roy T.
3.0 Stars
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National Museum has this special promotion for the month of May. Free access to everyone this whole month from Tuesdays to Sundays. Check their website for more details. It's a good time we enjoy our own museum. As a person who really loves to travel, I'm guilty that I don't really explore our tourist spots that much. This visit was my first time at the National Museum, and it was set by my therapy center for our students.

I appreciated the good collection of artworks I was able to quickly observe during our one hour visit. Yes one hour because the free time I had was 4-5pm and I ran straight from the clinic. Stressful number one! They were not supposed to let me enter because their cutoff time was actually 4pm. Good thing one of the guards understood and let me in anyways. Thanks Manong Guard!!!

You're supposed to leave your bags at their bag counter but since I was all stressed out, I went straight in. They were only able to notice my bag when I was already on the second floor. Had me go downstairs again. Stressful number two! Being a good citizen, I complied. When I went back up, there was only half an hour left to go around. So we were actually on a rush.

Overall, I saw sculptures made out of wood snd some metallic ones, paintings - both abstract and with various themes. They divided it I think in terms of artist. One section from Baguio's famous Ben Cab. One of the sections I liked. I was not able to see PH history artifacts. Not sure if that's in the third floor which was closed for renovation. Is this why the museum was for free? I'm interested in going back to explore more of our local artifacts.

Stressful number three!!! The super masungit staff. They were literally shoving us out of the museum by reminding us every minute we had left, in a NOT FRIENDLY manner. 128528128528128528128528 We were good rule followers, a nice way of relaying a simple rule would be much appreciated. Ipa-seminar nga ang mga staff or guards na mga yan.

Stressful number four!!! We wanted to have our last group picture taken by the Spolarium near the entrance before leaving. The lady guard was all very grumpy already and said "BILISAN PAPATAYAN KO NA KAYO NG ILAW EH." Very friendly ha.

You know what, this is supposed to be a tourist attraction but having that grumpy and super atat umuwi na staff is a bad impression of the PH in general. You have to train the people working in the public places, especially those in tourist-y places, the culture and the Filipino hospitality are what we always boast towards other nationalities pa naman sana. 128548

Sorry for this long rant. I hope my next visit won't be as bad as this.

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Reynel D.
5.0 Stars

National Museum is probably the most common itinerary of all schools’ educational trips – primary to tertiary. It’s true! 9 out of 10 people say that they have visited this museum more than once in their life and most of them would say that during their educational trip.

Located in the city of Manila, it is accessible to people coming from everywhere in the Metro and provinces nearby through several transportation systems. The National museum is the official site where everything that encompasses and reflects the country’s rich history is housed and preserved into two buildings – The National Art Gallery and the Museum of the Filipino People. The National Art Gallery houses treasured masterpieces, from paintings to sculptures, of some of the most renowned Filipino Artists. The Museum of the Filipino People, serves as a repository of Philippine heritage through its historical and ancestral collections.

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Patrick V.
4.0 Stars
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Visited this place last year when it offered free entrance. Unfortunately when we arrived the line was very long but we still waited. I couldn't find my other photos on my phone, I think I deleted them already. Haha.

What I think this lacks is that it should be a little bit more interactive for it to be a little more appealing to teenagers and there should be guides to converse with us as we walk around.

But nonetheless, the place is well-maintained! I would still visit again in the near future.

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars
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National Museum is giving a free access again to everybody this month of May. Yesterday we grab the opportunity to go very early to avoid the crowd. They open at 10am and we were already there before 10. 128521

Our National Museum is a wonderful home for the wonderful treasure of our great artist. Inside is the wonderful Juan Luna artwork like the majestic Spoliarium. Seeing it in actual is so surreal. The amazing works of Vicente Manansala was equally good. The way he incorporate cubism in his artwork was just perfect. While the Sabel series of Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) was perfect for Mothers Day. He is trully a living national artist. The various portrait of famous filipino personality like our past Presidents was like having a history class. Also.two of my fave part was the Manuel Roxas room and Jose Rizal room. Never knew Jose Rizal was also a great artist. Another great room was the remains of a church in Bohol. They were able to display the painting of each station of the cross. The altar and some detailed engraving was also salvage.

A painting that capture my attention was the painting Justice under Martial Law by Orlando Castillo. What a perfect reminder of what happened. 97869996

A visit to this wonderful treasure is must for everybody. It's also a great family activity. Instead of going to malls, going to museum is a great fun activity. If foreign tourist take time to visit and appreciate Filipino artwork. We as a Filipino must be more appreciative.128522128076

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Cherilyn I.
5.0 Stars

free on sundays!

this was the very first time i visited this place, and it was free! nice nice! you could see every single drop of artistry and imagination of each and every artist of the piece.. i could stay all day in this haven!

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

Museums are LOVE. I used to frequent museums with my artsy friend. But when she moved to Malaysia and eventually, Paris, I was left with no one to go with as most of my friends prefer to just dine in ONE (not even a food trip) restaurant and catch up. Don't get me wrong, I like that too. But there are a lot of instances when the blogger instinct or inclination kicks in making me want to visit more places and try new dishes or experiences.

There are a few times though when I get to pull some friends to appreciate art with me. And one time, I managed to pull one to visit the National Museum. 128518

Hello, National Museum!

We visited on a Sunday so that we could enjoy the art for free. And as expected, it was a bit crowded, and sadly, rowdy too.

Anyway, nothing will hinder me from admiring the majestic Spolarium. I wasn’t able to take a nice photo of it because countless heads were blocking my view. 128555

We then went inside some of the rooms where some artifacts are showcased. There were humongous anchors from the 1800s and there were also some hunting gears from centuries ago. We also came across several religious relics such as statues and stained glasses.

Huge paintings adorn a spacious hall and that was perhaps the quietest room we have entered. We were the only ones there.

One of the most beautiful things I saw in the museum was the stained glass etched with alibata characters. I find it striking!

I would love to go back and spend more time with Spolarium. Perhaps on a weekday so that I avoid the crowd. 128513

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Nica O.
4.0 Stars

A must-go place for students! 9786️ In the first building, which was full of artifacts, there were some closed areas, but the displays were very interesting and informative. Loved the second building, which was full of paintings and sculptures.

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Jasmine R.
5.0 Stars

Going historical today! 128526 Got to see again Juan Luna's famous painting, The Spolarium! Art is not just by seeing these colors and paints, its definitely the back story in every painting made by great artists. So muchhhhhhhh talent! 128524

And this March, free entrance for every women out there 'cause it's our month! Check it out! 128522

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Will C.
4.0 Stars

This is my first time to visit our national museum, having visited several national museums of different countries i feel that a visit here is a must. I always have the impression that our national museum needs a facelift and i think it had already gone through several renovations.

The museum is compromised of 2 buildings, building at finance road houses the old artifacts and items and i suggest visiing here first since this place was less crowded, its well airconditioned inside but smells like old library but i dont really mind.

Second building houses the famous spoliarium, be prepared for a long line. I personally like this one better since it contains paintings from amorsolo and manansala.

Tip:
1. Come here on afternoon to avoid tons of students that are on field trips.
2. This trip might cost at least around 3 hours.
3. Bring water.
4. As much as possible dont bring any bags. So you wont need to deposit it at counter.

I also noticed that they need to add some security per gallery or at least put seperators so that irresponsible people wont touch the arts. It makes me cringe when i saw some pricks who are touching the paintings. 128544

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Amyxal V.
5.0 Stars

1. It was my first time to go to the National Museum. Luckily my guy friend I went out with is a history buff and an artist too. I, on the other hand, just enjoy looking at things of important, historical note. The museum itself (the main building) is one.

2. The National Museum is most likely known for Juan Luna's "Spoliarium," and remains a popular draw, but the museum is not just about that. For instance, Felix Hidalgo's equally imposing and stunning work, "The Assassination of Governor Bustamante," stands just opposite of "Spoliarium" and deserves an attention, too.

Another interesting piece is another Juan Luna work entitled "Parisian Life," which GSIS had bought a few years ago for P46 million and that definitely infuriated the masses. The National Museum currently displays this but on a loan from GSIS, making me realize from my previous misconception that everything in a museum is permanent.

3. Some of my favorite pieces:
▫Jose Rizal's untitled pencil sketch of Berlin (one of the museum's recently-acquired artworks from a private individual);
▫A massive concrete sculpture by Isabelo Tampinco titled "Apotheosis of Francisco Balagtas"
▫National Artist Vicente Manansala's cubist works (I didn't know he used to have a studio here in Binangonan, where I live)
▫A frame containing personal belongings and written works by artist/writer E. Aguilar Cruz
▫A dual-face narra wood art, "Holy Family" by Federico Estrada (I like really, really like very colorful paintings!)
▫A 1989 oil painting by Manuel Baldemor, "Altar de San Francisco"
▫A massive painting by National Artist and Angono's own Carlos "Botong" Francisco titled "First Mass in Limasawa" (it's not definitely because I live near Angono and am fully aware of it being the Art Capital)

4. My most favorite part of the museum? The fully-restored Old Senate Session Hall which was actually used until '96, as far as I remember. It is very high, and in its very bare state it shows the stately pre-war Neoclassical architecture. We were lucky it was opened during the time of our visit at the museum. Imagine the past politicians like Manuel Quezon holding debates there! The hall has mounted statues, columns and a beautifully carved ceiling. My date and I loved the hall so much that we decided to have a one last look at it before leaving.

5. The museum actually has three buildings, and going around the main building for just a matter of hours isn't obviously enough. We just passed by the museum before he would actually report for work in the afternoon. Besides, many of the galleries were under renovation during the time of our visit.

We're sure we'll be going back there... We plan to take a day-off just to spend our time exploring the entire museum (most likely when the holidays are over).

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Hosea I.
5.0 Stars

Do you know that enlightened feeling you get after seeing all those actual paintings by national artists of the Philippines? Mind-boggling and mind-blowing, right?

You got Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna, Felix Hidalgo, and some contemporary artists. There's also a collection of Rizal's crafts and some preserved butterflies. Unbelievably beautiful.

These paintings and artifacts are preserved because they have a significance in our country's history, and every little part of them has a story yet to be told.

I enjoyed myself touring the whole museum!! I have a list of museums to visit!! Adventure time it is 128131🏻128131🏻

(The photo above is 'Portrait of a Lady', unfinished and undated by Fernando Amorsolo)

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