(SPOT.ph) Months before Metro Manila and the rest of the Philippines went into the world's longest lockdown in March 2020, Ayala Museum in Makati had already been closed to the public. They temporarily went on hiatus in June 2019 for what was supposed to be a one-year closure for renovations. The pandemic, obviously, extended this; but the museum's savvy Twitter persona hinted on Wendesday night, November 25, that they're opening "REAL SOON."
Ayala Museum Confirms Reopening
"I can finally legit say, SEE YOU GUYS REAL SOON," @ayalamuseum said. This was followed by a more formal announcement with a GIF, "A brand new Ayala Museum and Filipinas Heritage Library. Soft opening soon." On November 25, the display name was changed to "Ayala Museum is Opening Soon" with a faux prompt that says "This user is finally going to re-open soon."
Not much has been revealed, but what we know is that they're reopening soon—in case you missed it after three tweets.
Makati City's Ayala Museum, which is a six-storey structure that houses exhibitions on Filipino art and history, is one of the most accessible cultural hubs in Metro Manila. It is right beside a shopping complex—and we all know how much Filipinos love their malls—within walking distance from public transport, and sometimes offers free admission to some of its galleries.
Over the pandemic, they expanded their virtual portfolio by beefing up their YouTube channel, strengthening their presence on Google Arts and Culture, and organizing a range of webinars.
One of the museum's most interesting online exhibit to date is a virtual walkthrough of Mark Lewis Lim Higgins' Gold in Our Veins, initially exhibited in 2019. The show highlights the rich histories of Indochina, the East Indies, and the Philippines through paintings and a carefully curated collection of artifacts shown in an exhibit hall—rendered in 3D—that's been made to look like a 1930s Chinese warehouse.
Then there's also a fun-filled exhibition through Nintendo's Animal Crossing that was held to celebrate International Museum Day digitally in May 2020.