National Museum, Manila

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Made up of four distinct museums, National Museum stands as a cultural, educational, and scientific institution dating back to 1901. Tour one or all of this attraction's complimentary museums, which consist of the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, and National Planetarium. Learn about the history of the Philippines through permanent ethnographic, archeological, and artistic collections. While here, take a walk through Rizal Park, the green space surrounding these buildings. Use our Manila trip planner to add National Museum and other attractions to your Manila vacation plans.
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  • It was a great day that i visited the museum. I think the people needs to focus on the displays and be conscious with the infos that they can get. But they were too loud inside and making noise was a ...  more »
  • Without being a great Museum and despite being a bit confused in terms of themes and on the journey to go well worth a visit. Today, Sunday, I didn't pay anything.
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  • Nice Park and building modern. A patch of green in a polluted city is nice to walk in this park.
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  • Nice range of art and artifact collections. I really loved the piece called "departure and arrival" I think it's there temporarily. The place could use better lighting though. It's a little dark in some of the hallways.
  • Oh so disappointing. The art work is mostly awful. The inside and outside of the building is quite grand and beautiful,I believe it is an old government building. The one exception is the photography exhibit on the third floor documenting a south Palawan's tribe (?) transformation from small traditional village people to tourist attraction. This was truly wonderful.
  • Amazing!! Surprised with the richness of Philippines cultures, and it's a very great works from the curators and government to establish such a fine Arts with lots of paintings and sculptures. I spent more than 2,5 hours just in the first floor and too tired to explore the second floor and so on. It was a day well spent and free of charge.
  • A great repository of Filipino culture and fine arts. A must-visit attraction! Wonderfully curated and artfully maintained.
  • Amazing place to see some of historical piece and artwork. But it's a bit lacking for me considering it is the National Museum. But still a great place. Never been back after the renovation. Been back here. Place is now full of paintings and sculpture as it is now the museum for art.

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