Quick Guide: Museum Hopping in Manila

Museum in Manila

As we all know, there are lots of must-sees and visits here in the Philippines, including the museums in Manila. As Manila is the capital of the country, one can expect great deals of travel even if it is a city. Tourists might opt to hop on the islands or go to provinces, but they should not miss Manila in their list.

If you have thought of wandering in different museums in Manila, here is a quick guide on what to bring and list of the places you should visit:


What To Bring

Aside from bringing yourself and tagging your buddies in your trip, what else should you have for your museum hopping?


  1. Money

First off, you won’t be able to start with your museum hopping without enough money in your pockets. Though some offer free passes, you still should have some cash for an emergency or other reasons. You might have a card, but cash is better! What if you’ll visit a museum that doesn’t support card transactions? It is better to be safe than sorry.

Also, the money can be for buying food and maybe some souvenir. In purchasing these things, you need to be warier as some stores charge twice or even thrice the original price.


  1. Discounted tickets

 Most museums are okay with walk-ins but if you can, you may check out some websites that give out discounted tickets. You should have checked this beforehand. Aside from saving money, you also kept yourself from possible long queues for purchasing tickets.


  1. IDs

Usually, museums only ask for your tickets or passes and not for IDs. But just to be safe and prepared, it is better to bring identification cards all the time. You may never know when you will need them. Bring at least two, and you are good to go.


  1. Camera

With today’s smartphones, you might think that bring cameras will just eat a chunk of space in your bags. But if you are aiming for better quality of photos and having your phone’s battery to last longer, bring a camera. This is a must-bring for photography lovers. Do not forget your other gears particularly lenses and memory cards.

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Just a quick reminder, flash photography is not allowed. It is highly suggested that you set your camera’s settings upon entering to no flash or auto without flash.


  1. Extra batteries or power bank

Going for a museum hopping is not a joke, and it will surely eat up your energy and your gadgets’ too. If you brought some with gadgets, it is better to back yourself up with extra batteries and power bank. Again, better be ready than sorry!


  1. Pamphlets or booklets

Some, if not all, museums give out free brochure guides (but others charge it for minimal fees). If want to know more about the place you will visit and things you are about to see, it is advisable you buy one. But if you happen to go with the free tour other museums are offering, keep your ears and eyes open well.


  1. Food and drinks

It is way cheaper to bring your food and drinks than buying somewhere near the museums. However, note that food and beverages are prohibited in all repositories. You may check your baggage at the counter. There are days that shelves are jam-packed so put something in your bag to make sure your bag can be easily identified.


Where To Go

Get your cars ready, or street knowledge in commuting because here are the some of the museums in Manila you should go to:


National Museum

Address: Padre Burgos Drive, City of Manila, Philippines

Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

Fees: Free


Ayala Museum

Address: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street

Greenbelt Park, Makati City

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Schedule: Depends on the attraction

  • Ground to fourth-floor galleries (Tues to Sun, 9 am to 6 pm)
  • Filipinas Heritage Library (Tue to Sat, 9 am to 6 pm)
  • ArtiSpace (Mon to Sun, 10 am to 7 pm)

Fees: Full access for PHP 425; Students, Senior Citizens, PWD for PHP 300 (See website for full details, they offer discounts!)


Vargas Museum

Address: Roxas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila (inside UP Diliman)

Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm

Fees: UP students, alumni, faculty and employees for PHP 20.00 (every Wednesday); Public for PHP 30.00


Yuchengco Museum

Address: RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala Avenue and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City

Schedule: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

Fees: Adults for PHP 100; Students, senior citizens and PWD for PHP 50


Bahay Tsinoy

Address: 32 Anda St, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila

Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday, 1 am to 5 pm

Fees: Adults for PHP 100; Students for PHP 60


Museo Pambata

Address: Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm

Fees: PHP250 (discounts available!)


Holidays may be the best days for you to go for a museum hopping. However, expect large volumes of visitors and other museums are closed on those days. But at the end of the day, what matters most is that you enjoyed your trip and learned something new. Have fun on your trip!

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