Museums, Libraries, and Discovery Centers
The premiere art and history museum in the country has to offer, the Ayala Museum features only the most established and promising in the Philippine arts and culture scene. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 6pm, including holidays except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Holy Thursday to Saturday (Catholic calendar). Closed on Mondays.
A museum featuring the Gallery of Rare Prints and Photographs (scenes depicting old Chinese occupations, streets of Binondo, prints on turn of the century Chinese life), Ching Ban Lee Ceramics Gallery (tangible artifacts testament to centuries of trade between our two countries), and the Jimmy Ongking Hall (contains the Tsinoys in Nation Building permanent exhibit of Bahay Tsinoy) / Tuesday to Sunday 1PM to 5PM
The Calvo Museum houses various memorabilia from Manila’s past.
The Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino is an integrated humanities museum established in 1988. It gathers together the works of Filipino traditional artists and preserves Filipino artistic traditions; studies and interprets these to provide a deeper understanding of Filipino national culture evolving with and for the people; and strengthens the people’s awareness of the integral, dynamic role of creativity and artistic expression in national life and culture. / Tuesday to Sunday 10AM to 6PM
Designed to “walk” the visitor through a number of galleries, individually dedicated to a specific historical period of the country, the Museo visually narrates the development of the Philippine economy, parallel to the evolution of its currency. Complementary paintings from the BSP art collection, together with chosen artifacts, enhance each gallery.
The Exploreum is a total immersion experience that will stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences
The Library houses over 13,000 contemporary volumes on Philippine history, art, language, religion and the social sciences, and over 2,000 rare titles, rare books on microfiche, maps, and an extensive library of slides and photographs. / Tuesday to Saturday 9AM to 6PM
The GSIS Museo ng Sining features a permanent exhibition of the GSIS Art Collection and a changing exhibition in the galleries featuring cultural themes and works of new artists as well as art activities, lectures, workshops, and films focused on the role of art not only as an aesthetic experience but as a significant factor in everyday life.
KidZania is an interactive kids’ play city combining fun, and learning through role play for children aged 4 to 14 years.
The Lopez Memorial Museum is the oldest privately owned and managed museum and library specializing in Philippine material. It features books and maps of the sixteenth century, works by the first internationally acclaimed duo of Filipino painters, Juan N. Luna (1857-1899) and Felix P. Resurreccion Hidalgo (1855-1913), plus priceless personal effects of Philippine National Hero José Rizal (1861-1896). With over 500 works in its growing museum collection and over 20,000 titles in its expanding library catalogue, the museum cares for holdings covering 600 years of scholarship and artistry. / Monday to Saturday 8AM to 5PM