Museum-Hopping? Here Are Your 8 Essentials

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED October 4, 2018 05:28 pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

Here’s an idea for the weekend why not do a museum tour? Manila is filled with art and lots of history just waiting to be revisited and appreciated. Looking at it, going from one museum to another in Manila is actually possible as it's filled with cultural hubs a walking distance or a jeep away.

So, if you're planning to be a tourist (in this city or somewhere else), best be ready with these essentials:

A Trusty Bag

First and foremost, have a comfortable and functional bag to carry your essentials with you. Museum hopping takes almost a whole day and your pockets could only take as much. Small backpacks and canvas tote bags are a recommended choice.






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Museum tours could take almost a whole day, and it involves a lot of walking so it's best to bring at least a water bottle to chug—plus, it saves your loose change, too. We recommend a memo notebook bottle—it is lightweight and it won’t take up a lot of space in your bag compared to a regular water bottle. Although most museums prohibit food and drinks inside its better have one in your bag (you just need to leave it at the reception after all) for good measure.






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This one is no brainer. Apart from spending them on souvenirs or admission fees,  (not all museums are free of admission after all) going to these locations needed money for unprecedented expenses and impulse buys. Museums in Manila are surrounded by good street food, too. Best to have your wallet ready.






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The weather here is unbelievably unpredictable, so, it should come to no surprise to always bring an umbrella. Whether it’s to combat the scorching hot sun or shield yourself from unexpected rain, this small tool is a must.






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Here's a tip: taking in the moment is as important as capturing it. Whether you'd use your mobile phone, regular camera or a professional one, quality photos will set your museum experience memorable. Just remember to follow rules on spot in the museums or art gallery that are photosensitive.






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Comfortable Shoes

The thing about museum-hopping is it involves a lot of walking or standing so much that you may find your feet sore the next day. So, it would be a good decision to go for a comfortable shoe or sneaker that will keep your feet covered and comfortable the whole day.






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An Appreciative Mind

Art can be pleasing to the eye but oftentimes misunderstood. Always keep an open mind when it comes to art and appreciate it in every way, (don’t just use them as a background for your photos) and you're sure to have an enjoyable visit.






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Art galleries and museums are such delight to visit; its brings an intellectual in you, an aesthetic for your Instagram, and can be as interactive and enjoyable for both kids and kids-at-heart. So, let’s seize the free admission and go museum-hopping!



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