I just woke up one day realizing that the last time I visited the National Museum of the Philippines was more than a decade ago during a school field trip. So my sister and I decided to brave the harsh summer sun to visit the museum (outside temperature was 35 degrees).
So after signing the visitor log, paying the admission fee and leaving our bags at the counter we started our journey of rediscovering Philippine history. We decided to allocate two hours for our visit but ended up spending 3 hours.
La Tragedia de Gobernador Bustamante by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo
The Parisian Life by Juan Luna According to a museum guide, there are a lot of symbols in this painting. Apparently if you mirrored the painting, the woman looks like the Philippine archipelago. The awkward sitting position depicts the state of the country during that time. The two glasses on the table (one full, one half-filled) symbolizes the inequality under Spanish rule. The vertical line behind the head and the kerchief gives the impression that the woman is hanged to death which is similar to the state of the country during those times.
Mother’s Revenge by Jose Rizal
Unfinished Painting by Fernando Amorsolo
The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines by Botong Francisco These paintings were originally housed in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) but were handed over to the National Museum for safekeeping in exchange for high-quality replicas.
Untitled (Diwata) by Guillermo E. Tolentino
Other than the awe-inspiring works of art housed in the museum, we took a moment to appreciate the architecture of the building itself.
Old Senate session hall detail
National Museum of the Philippines – Third Floor
National Museum of the Philippines – Plaza
National Museum of the Philippines – Stairs
Padre Burgos Drive
City of Manila
Opening Hours :
Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Contact No. :
+632 527 0278
Option 1: Take the LRT Line 1 and get off at Central Station. Walk along Taft and turn right at Finance Road and right at Burgos.
Option 2: Ride a jeepney heading towards Harrison or Pasay Taft Rotonda. Get off at the other side of the road facing the National Museum.