National Museum of the Philippines locations reopen on 2nd March


The quarantines of the last few months had us getting our culture fix through visual tours rather than real-life museums and galleries. Finally, as the National Museum of the Philippines will finally reopen its doors to the public on 2nd March after almost a year of closure, we can now ditch the screens and see some of our country’s beautiful artworks and artifacts again in person.

The National Museum of the Philippines will now gradually reopen its buildings, including the National Museum of Fine Arts, which houses renowned paintings and sculptures by Filipino artists, the National Museum of Anthropology, which exhibits historical artifacts, and the National Museum of Natural History, which showcases the diversity of our flora and fauna. The National Planetarium will remain closed until further notice.


You can visit from Tuesdays to Sundays


National Museum of the Philippines reopen - Fine Arts buildingFacade of National Museum of Fine Arts (left), and artist Juan Luna’s Spoliarium (right).
Image adapted from: @richmondtieng,
@iamjalarde

From Tuesdays to Sundays, excluding religious holidays, we can now marvel again at Juan Luna’s Spoliarium inside the Fine Arts building, learn more about artifacts from our country’s ethnic groups displayed inside the Anthropology building, or take photos of the grand ceiling of the National Museum of the Natural History museum.

National Museum of the Philippines reopen -National Museum of AnthropologyFacade of the National Museum of Anthropology (left), Rice, Biodiversity, and Climate Change Gallery (right)
Image adapted from: patrickroque01, Ma. Yohana R. Frias

There will be two visiting sessions per day. Book a visit slot in the morning session from 9AM to 12PM, or the afternoon session from 1PM to 4PM. 

Take note that each museum will only allow up to 100 visitors per session, and there will be a cut-off time for entry to each session. You must be in the museum before 11AM or 3PM if you want to visit during the morning or afternoon session, respectively.


Only visitors from 15 to 65 years old will be allowed


National Museum of the Philippines reopen -National Museum of Natural HistoryInside the National Museum of Natural History
Image adapted from: @iamkhatful, @angelbisquera

Not everyone is allowed to visit the museums at the moment, however. Only those aged 15 to 65 years old, including those with disabilities, will be admitted. Make sure to bring valid ID in case you’re asked to prove your age too.


Book online before visiting


Walk-ins will not be allowed for now, so visitors are required to book online at least one day before their planned visit. If you’re planning to visit with friends, each group reservation is limited to a maximum of 5 persons.


Reopening of National Museum


For folks living in Metro Manila looking forward to hanging out from time to time, stopping by the National Museum is a good idea. After all, learning our country’s history through artworks and artifacts is always a fascinating experience that can renew our appreciation for the Philippines’ rich cultures.

Just keep the health and safety guidelines in mind when you step into the hallowed halls of our museums again.

National Museum of Fine Arts & National Museum of Anthropology
Address: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

National Museum of Natural History
Address: Teodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Telephone: 2852 77889
Website


Cover image adapted from: National Museum of the Philippines


 

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