It is that time of year again — the holidays are upon us! This season comes with the opportunity to explore and experience new things. If you are looking for something to do this holiday season, why not check out some of the great museums around Metro Manila? From art galleries to science centers, there is something for everyone.

Here are 4 museums you should check out:

  1. National Museum of the Philippines, Ermita Manila

The National Museum of the Philippines is a must-see for anyone visiting Manila. It houses some of the most important works of art and history in the country.

One of the highlights is the Spoliarium by national artist Juan Luna - an art masterpiece that has become the symbol of the Philippines’ colonial past and is also considered the largest painting in the country. This can be viewed at the National Museum of Fine Arts.

Juan Luna's Spoliarium, from the National Museum of the Philippines' Website

With its vast collection of artifacts, you can learn about the country's rich history and culture.

Visiting Schedule: The museum is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 AM to 6 PM.  Admission is free and proof of vaccination may be required upon entry.

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2. Ayala Museum in Makati City

Located in the heart of Makati City, the Ayala Museum is a great place to explore Philippine culture and history. It houses a wide range of permanent and special exhibitions, including an interactive multimedia gallery, an archeological exploration, and a modern art gallery. The museum also offers educational programs for students of all ages.

This holiday season, the museum has a special installation in the lobby called the LUZVIMINDA Christmas tree. According to their Facebook post, "The tree is composed of materials from the different parts of the Philippines”

The LUZVIMINDA Christmas Tree, from Ayala Museum's Facebook 

Visiting Schedule: The museum is open on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 AM to 6 PM. Admission rate is Php650 and prior booking is required at their website.

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3. Mind Museum in Taguig City

This interactive museum is perfect for kids and adults alike. It features five galleries dedicated to science, technology, the environment and more, as well as a digital planetarium. It also boasts a range of interactive science exhibits, making it a great place to learn something new.

from The Mind Museum’s Facebook

Visiting Schedule: The museum is open on Wednesdays to Sundays from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Admission rates ranges from Php625 for a three-hour time slot to Php750 for an All-Day Pass. Tickets can be purchased online and at the museum’s ticket booth.

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4. Metropolitan Museum of Manila

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila moved from its initial 45-year-old venue to a new location in the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) while rebranding itself as “The M.”

Their collection of modern and contemporary art pieces are moving to their new space which houses three floors of exhibitions plus at outdoor area for installations.

from METManila's Facebook

Visiting Schedule: Currently on limited preview, the museum is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Admission is free for the duration of the limited preview and pre-registration is required. Face masks will be required for entry and must be worn at all times.

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These are just a few of the many museums around Metro Manila you can visit with the help of Sakay. Whether you are looking for an educational experience or just a fun day out, these museums will surely make for a great holiday outing.