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International Museum Day is happening on Saturday, May 18. This is an annual celebration worldwide that highlights the new roles of museums as active actors in the communities and in the society’s development. The theme for this year is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition.”

To celebrate this special day, some museums in the Philippines will waive their entrance fees. Here are eight museums that you can visit this weekend:

Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum is one of the most popular museums in the metro. Aside from having a free admission, guests can participate in the activities like the art buffet and story-telling session. Food and drinks courtesy of Malagos Chocolate, The Dream Coffee, Make Peace Bakery, and Kayumanggi Organic will be available as well.

Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum

The Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum showcases our country’s rich history. You can enjoy this museum if you want to know more about our national hero as it focuses on Jose Rizal’s heroism and martyrdom. This is located at the former site of the convent of nuns of the Beatero de la Compania de Nesus.

Museo Pambata

If you will celebrate the International Museum Day with kids, you might want to visit Museo Pambata in Manila. Kids and kids at heart can learn more about the Philippine history, anatomy, and the environment through different activities and their theme rooms. The museum will also have a folk dance presentation, storytelling, and shadow play on Saturday.

Museo de Intramuros

You still have six months to visit Museo de Intramuros located at the Walled City of Intramuros for free, but since it’s the International Museum Day, you might want to visit it this Saturday. The old site of San Ignacio Church and Mission House is now a museum designed to house the religious images and period art collection of the Intramuros Administration.

Destileria Limtuaco Museum

Planning to drink with your friends this weekend? Before going to your fave drinking place, you can check this museum and learn about the oldest distillery in the country. Destileria Limtuaco Museum serves as a showcase of the distillery’s products such as rum, tequila, medicinal wine (AKA “sioktong”), and many more. You can also taste some of their products for only P100. 

Bahay Tsinoy

This museum is all about showcasing the influence of the Chinese culture in the Philippines. By visiting Bahay Tsinoy, you can learn more about the relationship of the Chinese and Filipinos, and see different historical artifacts, rare photographs, maps, coins, life-life dioramas, and many more.

Pinto Art Museum

Located at the historic pilgrimage city of Antipolo, Pinto Art Museum has been the go-to place for family and barkadas who want to have a museum trip outside Metro Manila. The museum collection includes works by artists Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Jose John Santos III, Emmanuel Garibay, Rodel Tapaya, Geraldine Javier, Marina Cruz, Joy Mallari, and Antonio Leaño among others.


Casa Manila Museum

Casa Manila Museum will waive its P75 entrance fee for this special day. This museum, also situated in Intramuros, features the domestic life of the 19th century upper class families in the country. First 100 guests to visit museums in Intramuros, including Casa Manila and the three others, can also get a special edition Intramuros Beep card.

Featured image from Destileria Limtuaco Museum and Pinto Art Museum


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