No Excuses: National Museum Extends Visiting Hours

You now have more time to learn about our history and culture.

National Museum of the Philippines
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( In The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, author Milan Kundera wrote: "The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history." This is why it's now more important than ever to visit our museums and learn more about our history through artifacts. In celebration of International Museum Day, the National Museum of the Philippines is extending its visiting hours to 6 p.m. daily starting today, May 18.


The National Museum of the Philippines is a trifecta of repositories that celebrate Philippine history and culture. You can find the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Museum of Natural History within the Rizal Park area in Manila; all of which have free entrance.

Following more than a year of closure during the pandemic, the National Museum of the Philippines reopened in October 2021 with strict protocols. Back then, visiting hours are limited to three-hour blocks in the morning (from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and in the afternoon (from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Advance booking was also required; at least until the alert level shifted to the lowest notch on March 1. Proof of identification and vaccination are still required upon entry in each building.

The National Museum of the Philippines is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-ins are allowed, but advance booking is required for groups of 20 to 30 persons. For updates, follow the National Museum of the Philippines on Facebook.

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