With the proliferation of upscale hotels and resorts in Puerto Princesa, it is undeniably one of the Philippines most wanted holiday destinations today. But as the city advances as a premiere tourist spot, it still keeps a watchful eye on its history and culture. Primarily, the local government and some NGOs are doing their share in preserving the heritage of the city. Read on to know the 5 museums that you should visit during your vacation in a lodge in Palawan.
1. Palawan Museum
This depository houses valuable objects that reflect the affluent history, culture, and traditions of the province. Here, you’ll find an impressive archaeological collection, which includes hunting weapons, musical instruments, and trapping tools from the ancient dwellers of Palawan. Pre-historic artifacts from Tabon Cave, as well as clay wares and relics during the colonial era are also displayed in this place. The museum is built in the old City Hall next to Mendoza Park and is operated by the National History Foundation of Palawan City.
2. PSU Museum
Located at the Palawan State University Complex, this repository features ethnic materials from various tribes in Palawan. Although this is just a one room museum, it still presents interesting exhibits, like traditional ethnic costumes, handicrafts, and pottery pieces. There is also a mini zoo and orchidarium inside the university. The PSU Museum is open for free public viewing during weekdays. It is very accessible to any visitor for it sits near a few Puerto Princesa travel lodges in the area.
3. Special Battalion WWII Memorial Museum
Aiming to promote the understanding the war history among the local and foreign travelers, the family of local hero Dr. Higinio Mendoza Sr. instituted this landmark in 2011. Some of the highlights of this museum are the historic typewriter and stenography machine used by Gen. Douglas McArthur in Manila and the old vehicles used during WWII. It also shelters a collection of guns and ammunition, American soldiers’ uniforms, miniature war planes and ships, and old paper denominations. The Special Battalion WWII Memorial Museum is situated in Barangay Bancao-Bancao.
4. Palawan Heritage Center
Another museum that is close to some resorts in Palawan is the Palawan Heritage Center (PHC) at the Provincial Legislative Building. The Provincial Cultural Office established this depository to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of different ethno-linguistic groups, like the Palaw’an and Tao’t Bato. To provide a more engaging learning experience, the PHC is equipped with modern facilities, such as computerized touch screens, information kiosks, interactive maps, and learning stations.
5. Ethnographic Museum
Placed in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park, the Ethnographic Museum features the history and culture of the Batak and Tagbanua, 2 of the indigenous groups living within the site. It exhibits interesting objects and visual presentations that depict the ethnicity of the tribes. To ensure a hassle-free trip in this museum, look for a resort in Puerto Princesa, like Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa, that offers easy access and guided tours in the world-renowned nature attraction.