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8 Underrated Museums in Metro Manila to Cultivate Your Love for the Arts

The rainy season is upon us and while your trips to the beaches may be cancelled, it doesn’t mean heading out to have fun with your friends should be!

Why not change things up and learn a thing or two while having fun? There are several museums in Manila that can easily spark or renew your love for the arts, culture and history.

Here are some of the places you should go to.

1. Upside Down Museum

Upside Down Museum
Photo Credit: Upside Down Museum Facebook page

The Upside Down Museum is a 1,700-square-foot illusion museum with giant exhibits leaning in different angles.

The inspiration for this museum came from upside down establishments in other countries, particularly in the United States and Malaysia.

The museum has 22 galleries, some with a house, a bridge, and even cars displayed upside down.

  • Address: Boom Na Boom Grounds CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
  • Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (11AM – 9PM)
  • Entrance Fee: PHP 450 for guests aged 4 and up; Free for kids aged 3 and below

2. The Money Museum

Old Philippine Money

Do you remember the heavy coins and paper bills you used to ask your parents for when you were a child?

At The Money Museum, you can walk down memory lane and take a look at the bills that once were from several years, even decades back!

Launched in 1999, the museum serves as a repository for our local currencies, including the gold artifacts our great ancestors used when trading.

  • Address: A. Mabini Street cor. P. Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila
  • Operating Hours: 9AM – 12PM and 1PM – 4PM (Monday to Friday)
  • Entrance Fee: Free

3. Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum

Aerospace Museum
Photo Credit: Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum Facebook page

If you are into military aviation history and aerospace science, then the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum is perfect for you.

Here, you can marvel at the planes on display and other aircrafts that were used in the past.

Originally called the Marcos Museum when it was inaugurated in 1974, the museum was built to honor the airmen of the Philippine Air Force.

  • Address: Villamor Air Base, Pasay City
  • Operating Hours: 8AM – 5PM (Monday to Friday) and 8AM – 12PM (Saturday)
  • Entrance Fee: P20

4. Sining Kamalig

Sining Kamalig
Photo Credit: Sining Kamalig Facebook page

Sining Kamalig features contemporary pieces made by various Filipino artists. It was founded about five decades ago with the aim to democratize fine art and to provide local artists an avenue to showcase their masterpieces.

The museum also encourages upcoming artists to further develop their artistic cravings.

  • Address: Ali Mall, General Romulo Ave, Cubao, Quezon City
  • Operating Hours: 10AM – 9PM (Sunday to Thursday) and 10AM – 10PM (Friday and Saturday)
  • Entrance Fee: Free

5. Museo Sansó

Museo Sanso
Photo Credit: Museo Sanso Facebook page

The three-storey museum was named after Fundacion Sansó, a Spanish-born Filipino artist who’s love for painting pushed him to build his own museum.

The museum has multiple exhibits that showcase the artist’s life as well as his as influences.

It’s highly advisable to visit the museum regularly as the first-level displays change based on different themes. Outside the museum is a cafe that was named after the artist, too.

  • Address: 32 V. Cruz, San Juan City
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (10AM – 5PM)
  • Entrance Fee: PHP 100

6. Marikina Shoe Museum

Marikina Shoe Museum
Photo Credit: JannicaDiaz @ WikiCommons

The Marikina Shoe Museum is home to over 700 pairs of Imelda Marcos’ shoes – all neatly arranged on shelves.

Aside from the extravagant display of footwear, the museum highlights the art of shoe making. This is a great place to go to before or after hunting for affordable shoes in Marikina.

  • Address: J. P. Rizal Street, San Roque, Marikina City
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (8AM – 5PM)
  • Entrance Fee: PHP 50

7. Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

Museum of Contemporary Art & Design
Photo Credit: Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Facebook page

Undoubtedly, there are a lot of museums in Manila, but only a few of them showcase performance art displays and even film screenings.
At the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, you can see various art pieces that may look odd and weird yet interesting. Visit the museum often as it always offers something new to its guests.

  • Address: 950 Pablo Ocampo Sr. Street, Manila
  • Operating Hours: 10AM – 6PM (Tuesday to Friday) and 10AM – 2PM (Saturday)
  • Entrance Fee: Free

8. Bahay-Nakpil Bautista

Bahay Nakpil Bautista
Photo Credit: Dasig.studio @ WikiCommons

From the outside, the museum looks like a regular house that we often see in historical films. However, when you step inside, you can see various Katipunero memorabilia, including the chairs where Rizal, Bonifacio, and Mabini sat when they founded the Liga Filipina.

Looking at the museum’s walls feels like reading your history book in preparation for an exam. Paintings of Ka Oryang (Nakpil’s wife) and other artifacts can also be found here.

  • Address: 432 A. Bautista Street, Quiapo, Manila
  • Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (9AM – 5PM)
  • Entrance Fee: PHP 80 for adults; PHP 50 for students and senior citizens

Feed your mind and be amazed by our country’s rich history by visiting these museums in Manila. Book a hotel nearby with help from Traveloka!

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