Roundup: The Museums You Can Visit for Free This Week

Yes, free!


( History buffs and art enthusiasts would be happy to know that a number of museums in the Metro are celebrating International Museum Day (May 18). We love this time of the year because it means that entrance is free and there are a lot of special activities to attend. This worldwide event has been commemorated since 1977 to remind us that museums are significant in telling our stories as a race, nation, and community.


We round up all the museums you can visit for free tomorrow, May 18 (and even the days beyond that).




National Museum of the Philippines

Entrance to the National Museum of the Philippines is free forever, but they're doing something bigger on International Museum Day. There will be themed tours at the National Museum of Fine Arts and National Museum of Anthropology with talks revolving around this year's theme, "Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums." If you're getting annoyed by historical revisionism, this may be the time to learn more.


The National Museum of the Philippines is at P. Burgos Avenue, Manila. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Lopez Museum and Library

Lopez Museum is having a two-day free admission treat: May 18 and 20, so no need to fret if you can't file a leave for tomorrow. There will be museum tours that feature the current exhibition Pauses of Possibility by artists Marina Cruz, Kara de Dios, Elaine Navas, and Pam Yan Santos.


Lopez Museum and Library is at G/F Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Bahay Tsinoy

Learn about the history of the Chinese-Filipino in the country through artifacts, rare prints, and photographs that feature old Chinese occupations, the streets of Binondo, and centuries of trade between the two cultures.


Bahay Tsinoy is at 32 Anda corner Cabildo Streets, Intramuros, Manila. It is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.




Yuchengco Museum

Reflect on Yuchengco Museum's current exhibits: Redefining Boundaries by Burmese jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong, OFW-inspired Chicken Hands by Ryan Arbilo, and video art projections by Japanese Media Artist Naoko Tosa.


The Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza, Ayala corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Casa Manila Museum

The two-storey Casa Manila is a museum made to look like a house from the Spanish occupation. All rooms, from the sala to the cocina, and comedor, are decorated with 19th Century furniture, books, silverware, and memorabilia.


Casa Manila Museum is at Plaza San Luis Complex, Real corner Gen. Luna Streets, Intramuros, Manila. It is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.




Metropolitan Museum of Manila

Sign up for guided exhibit tours of Seascapes: Tranquility and Agitation, Abot-Tanaw: Tracing Local Horizons, and Mapping the Philippine Seas and take a look at our Philippine waters from a different perspective.


The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Museo Pambata

Bring your nieces and nephews to this fun-filled museum where they can learn about saving the environment, taking care of their body, and even career options in a different way. There's a special room where they can ride a tranvia or board a Spanish galleon.


Museo Pambata is at the former Elks Club Building, Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Ayala Museum

Take note that the Ayala Museum is celebrating a belated International Museum Day (May 19, instead of May 18), which means you can check out all the other museums first before visiting this one. Guests can attend an art talk by Toym Imao and Liliana Manahan (artists of the interactive art installation called Manara), participate in special themed tours, try out delicacies from Mindanaoan food stalls, and see all the exhibitions that the museum has to offer.


The Ayala Museum is at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. Its special museum hours on May 19 is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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