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Museums are the guardians of relics, history, and culture. They can enshrine some of the most important items in the world or is a way to preserve the memories of an entire culture. Whatever the reason, museums are an essential part of society. They give the new generation a window to the past and preserve their memories onto the future. So if your thinking about what to do this weekend, why not try visiting some of these amazing museums.

The National Museum of Natural History

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Like the Smithsonian Museum in the US, The National Museum of the Philippines is also located in the nation’s capital Manila. And like the Smithsonian, The National Museum is also divided up into different facilities. These facilities are The National Museum of Fine Arts, The National Museum of Anthropology, The National Museum of Natural History, and The National Planetarium. Each of these museums holds a certain branch of history, culture, and science that make up the Philippines that you see today.

Days Open: Tuesday to Sunday

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entrance Fee: FREE

Museo Pambata

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The Museo Pambata along Roxas boulevard is one of the country’s first Interactive Museum. The museum is comprised of 8 theme rooms which are, Kalikasan (Environment) and Karagatan (Under the Sea), Maynila Noon (Old Manila), Paglaki Ko (Career Options), I Love My Planet Earth, Pamilihang Bayan (Marketplace), Katawan Ko (My Body Works), Bata sa Mundo (Children in the Global Village). Unlike traditional museums where exhibits are for the eyes only, this museum encourages its visitors especially kids to interacts with the exhibit. The visitors are then given an immersive experience with the exhibit and eventually get a greater sense of what it is about.

Days Open: Tuesday to Sunday

Operating Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM / 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Sunday)

Entrance Fee: P150.00

Bahay Tsinoy

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The Bahay Tsinoy located inside the walled city of Intramuros is a museum dedicated to the history of the Chinese and Pilipino relationship in the country. The museum is divided into 12 sections, each depicting a stage in the history of Filipino and Chinese relations. The museum was completed in 1990 and was built with help from the Filipino-Chinese community. The museum is committed to building understanding between the local Chinese and Filipino communities.

Days Open: Tuesday to Sunday

Operating Hours: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Entrance Fee: P100.00

San Augustin Museum

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The San Augustine Museum is a treasure trove of religious art pieces. Another museum located inside the walled city of Intramuros, the San Augustine Museum was originally part of the old church monastery. But after sustaining damages during the final days of the Japanese occupation, the monastery was eventually turned into a museum in 1970.

Days Open: Sunday to Monday

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entrance Fee: P100.00

Ayala Museum

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The Ayala Museum, located at the Ayala Center in Makati, is a project by the Ayala Foundation to showcase overseas contemporary Philippine art on a global stage. The museum building is a 4 story structure that houses several paintings, archaeological exhibits, and historical artifacts. Some of the museum’s more famous pieces include The Diorama Experience, Maritime Vessels, Pioneers of Philippine Art, and Gold of Ancestors.

Days Open: Tuesday to Sunday

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM / 9:00 AM -7:00 PM (Sundays)

Entrance Fee: P150.00 to P425.00

The Yuchengco Museum

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The Yuchenco Museum is located at the RCBC building in Ayala Avenue Makati. The museum houses the private collection of the Filipino-Chinese businessman, collector, philanthropist, and art patron Alfonso Yuchengco. In 2005 the museum opens its doors to the public and since then it has been a center for artistic and cultural activities.

Days Open: Monday to Saturday

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Entrance Fee: P100.00

The Mind Museum

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The Mind Museum located at The Bonifacio Global City is a Science Museum that seeks to enhance the engagement of the public to science and inspire them to solve real-world problems. The Museum is comprised of 5 main galleries each having their own theme which are, Atom, Life, Earth, Universe, and Technology. Over the years, the museum has gained some awards in its years of service, this includes the 2014 Thea Award, The Leed Gold Certification, and the ASEAN Energy Awards.

Days Open: Tuesday to Sunday

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Entrance Fee: P750.00

The Dessert Museum

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The newly established Dessert Museum was introduced to the public on February 10, 2018. It is an interactive attraction that allows visitors to have a taste of the exhibit. The museum has various rooms that showcase a different dessert per room. Watch as your mouth water as you travel the halls of the museum. Each room is also very colorful, the perfect place to take a picture for your social media accounts.

Days Open: Everyday

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Entrance Fee: P699.00 to P799.00

Art in Island

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Have you ever been to a museum where you were captivated by the beauty of the art but wasn’t allowed to go near it? Rejoice because there are museums now that not only allows you to get close to the art, you could become part of it as well. Art in Island located at Cubao, Quezon City is a 3D art museum that provides an interactive experience like no other. Be part of the art as you portray scenes that correspond to each artwork. Have fun thinking of new and hilarious ways to take photos with your friends in the art.

Days Open: Tuesday to Sunday

Operating Hours: 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Entrance Fee: P500.00

The Philippine Airforce Aerospace Museum

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For those who are into airplanes and aviation history, this is the museum for you. The Philippine Airforce Aerospace Museum located at the Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base was originally founded as the Marcos Museum on May 2, 1974. The museum is divided into several sections, but most if not all are dedicated to the science and history of aviation in the Philippines. But the museum most sought after section is the Aircraft Park where you get to explore and see different types of aircraft from different countries in different eras.

Days Open: Monday to Saturday

Operating Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM / 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Saturday)

Entrance Fee: P20.00

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