Here’s Your Commuter-Friendly Guide to Manila’s Museums
by Inside Manila Team, May 17, 2019 6:08pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
International Museum Day is this May 18, and it's a good excuse to visit all the different museums inside manila. Whether you like looking at art masterpieces or learning about science, history, or just bask in local culture pride, the city's got a museum you'll love, all reachable by getting on the LRT-1 with ikotMNL.
ikotMNL is a tourism campaign launched by the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) in 2018 to connect foreign and local travelers to Manila’s rich history, cultural heritage, and top food destinations by riding the LRT-1 to areas such as Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo, and many more. Take this itinerary for example:
Art and design lovers can start by visiting the Yuchengco Museum in the beating heart of the business district in Makati, one jeep ride away from the Gil Puyat LRT station. The museum hosts some of the finest contemporary and historical artwork and design exhibitions art lovers will definitely appreciate.
From there, you can get down from the next station at Vito Cruz and visit a few more museums in the area. Drop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Manila for more Filipino art, then head to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde's School of Design and Arts to take a look at the latest and in avant-garde and new media. You can also walk through the country's history in cash at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas's Money Museum nearby, then take a wild trip to the nearby Upside Down Museum for a fun time.
Venture further up the LRT-1 line and get off at United Nations Avenue station, where the National Museum Complex is situated. Marvel at the very best of Filipino art at the National Museum of Fine Arts, where the famous Spoliarium is exhibited among other legendary works by Luna, Rizal, Amorsolo, and other masters. After that, visit the National Museum of Anthropology and Natural History, as well as the renovated National Planetarium, then cross over to Intramuros for the newly opened Museo de Intramuros!
The National Museum Complex is also accessible as part of ikotMNL’s eight-hour “Grand Manila Special Day Tour,” which includes cultural trips to Binondo and Malate, and the six-hour “Manila, My Manila!” Tour, which also takes you to historical spots in Intramuros, Binondo, and Quiapo.
- Under the Radar
- Light Rail Manila Corporation
- Yuchengco Museum
- Philippine Tourism
- Philippine Museums
- National Museum
- National Museum of Fine Arts
- Museum of Anthropology and Natural History
- National Planetarium
- Museo de Intramuros
- National Museum Complex
- Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas's Money Museum
- Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila
- Metropolitan Museum of Art Manila
- Arts and Culture