With a slew of upscale shopping malls, entertainment complexes, and amusement parks, it is really hard to decide where to go in Manila if you’re in the city for vacation. Well, here’s a smart tip: go against the flow and visit a few tourist magnets that keep a vigilant eye on the Philippine capital’s rich history and heritage. Read on to know the 5 most interesting museums that you should visit during your holiday in a hotel in Manila.
1. Calvo Museum
Established in 1938, this museum placed at the mezzanine of Calvo Building showcases the affluent heritage of Escolta, which was known as the Philippines’ Western Emporium at the turn of the century. Here, you’ll be impressed with the displays of aged photographs and old newspaper articles that mirror the grandeur of this historical street. Also on exhibit are Spanish to late American Period print advertisements and scale models of establishments located along this short thoroughfare. The museum is just a stone’s throw away from the LRT1-Carriedo station.
2. Museo Pambata
Museo Pambata is one of the best places to visit in Manila when you’re traveling with the entire family. Situated along Roxas Boulevard, this educational site features interactive exhibits that require children’s involvement in exploring and discovering various concepts while they play. Here, the youngsters can use their senses and learn an array of ideas at their own pace and space. With its aim to be a discovery museum and resource center, Museo Pambata also holds a broad range of creative and scientific services for children.
3. National Museum
Being the country’s official repository, the National Museum houses the most impressive collection of ethnographic, archaeological, and historical artifacts that depict Philippine history and culture. Its newest feature, which opened in May 2018, is the Museum of Natural History in Manila. Housed in what used to be the Department of Tourism headquarters, it displays mostly new material, and even old materials that have not been on display since the early 1990s.
National Museum and other major attractions in the city, such as Rizal Park, Manila Cathedral, and Chinatown, is conveniently near Manila Lotus Hotel. This is an affordable accommodation at the heart of the district of Ermita.
4. Casa Manila
Casa Manila is actually one of the grand houses built in the walled city of Intramuros during the Spanish regime. It is located across the equally invaluable San Agustin Church. This edifice epitomizes the house of an ilustrado (a rich Filipino) in the late 19th century. Today, it stands as a museum of the bygone era’s architecture and lifestyle. The 3-story building is a replica of the house of Don Severino Mendoza, a merchant from Binondo, presenting a mixture of European and Chinese furniture and decor. To complete your city escapade, make sure to visit Casa Manila during your vacation in a budget accommodation in Manila.
5. Museo Marino
With the combined efforts of the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) and All Japan Seamen’s Union (JSU), Museo Marino in Malate was built to pay tribute to the works of seafarers. The museum’s highlight is the walls of seafarer chronicles, which are built from the life stories of AMOSUP members. It also boasts 4 state-of-the-art model ships, which are donated by JSU.
Keep this list and you’ll surely have a clearer plan about where to go in Manila. You’re welcome in advance!