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Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila
(3.7/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is the first Philippine art institution to offer a bilingual and didactic program.It looks forward to a Filipino nation that takes pride in the variety and excellence of its arts and culture. As the premier museum of modern and contemporary visual arts in the Philippines, the Met Museum seeks cultural upliftment; embraces art as discipline in the teaching of non art concepts such as cultural values, civic responsibilities and environmental awareness; and believes belief in the need for excellence. It brings art to all levels of the local and international community, and situates it within the context of Philippine history and society.

Its motto, ART FOR ALL, is the foundation of its programs, which include permanent, changing, and travelling exhibitions, interactive stations, and educational activities. In 2009, the Museum launched the program Touch the Artist’s Vision specifically designed for the visually-impaired, the first in museums throughout the country. It offers special facilities that utilize the other senses such as bilingual Braille captions (Filipino and English), bilingual audio guides, and tactile diagrams.

The Met has acquired paintings, sculpture and prints thru generous donations from Philippine artists, artists’ heirs, and private collectors. These form the nucleus of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila permanent collection of Philippine contemporary art, and are exhibited on a changing basis, in thematic shows with varying responsive and education messages. The Met also curates the art collection of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, whose pre-hispanic gold and pottery collections are on permanent exhibition.
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  • You can see contemporary art in the Philippines. Crammed with valuable gold ornaments and pottery pieces are exhibited. You can go cheaper, please feel free to 100 pesos entrance fee. Furthermore, on Sunday, and closed it, so caution is required.
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  • We love art and this place is the greatest we visited in Manila. The paintings are beautiful and the visit was fabulous. 
  • I visited this museum last year and the basement is still closed until today. It's supposed to show the collection of pre colonial pottery and gold collection. The entrance fee is 100 pesos but there ...  more »
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  • Best-kept museum I've so far been to in the Philippines - maybe because of its comparably limited space, its modern design, and brilliant exhibit lay-out. The only downside may be that the staff isn't readily available, and that the museum is not exactly the place to tour vacationers around especially if they are disabled or are really looking to bring home souvenirs. But it is, in general, a good museum to visit for their well-curated content, especially if you don't mind exploring solo.
  • A 28 minutes drive from the airport. Parking is a problem during weekdays. Not PWD friendly. Entrance is also a problem for the elderly since one has to climb several steps to get inside the premises. Staffs are polite and courteous. The museum is divided into 6 parts. The main entrance where thwir security is posted. The reception area. A small room on the right which highlight our national artist Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, our culture and the arts. The main exhibit hall. A gallery on the left side of the hall and a second floor with several small partitioned rooms.
  • This is a small museum that can be visited in two hours or less. I thought it was well-curated, expressing in visual art the triumphs and struggles, joys and sorrows, of the Filipino people. The texts next to the exhibits, available in Filipino and English, are well-written and insightful. The staff is not well-trained. There was no one around to give expert information about the exhibits or answer practical questions from visitors. There is a small shop (actually, a shelf with only a handful of books) by the ticketing counter.
  • Can't get to see Fort Abad just at the Back of the Museum. Well the Battle of Manila Bay was just s Mock war against Spain. Sorry.
  • A museum that explores the artistic experiences of Filipinos pre and post colonialism, you will find ancient pottery work, sophisticated golden ornaments 1000 years old, and some fine contemporary art.