Ayala Museum | Things to do in Makati City-Metro Manila

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Ayala Museum in Makati City is an ambitious take on viewing the country’s rich history from a refreshing perspective. Two of the museum’s most prominent galleries are the Diorama Experience and the Gold of Ancestors.

The Diorama Experience highlights 60 events that shaped Philippine history. The scenes are recreated in miniature wooden figures, stage-designed in glass boxes like a cultural barbie house. Located on the fourth floor, meanwhile, the Gold of Ancestors showcases ancient Filipinos’ incredible craftsmanship on the most malleable and most coveted metal on earth, gold. This gallery displays an astonishing 1,059 gold items pre-dating the Spanish period. Besides these two prominent galleries, Ayala Museum has an extensive collection of Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics, as well as rare fashionable garments from the 18th and 19th century Philippines. On the third floor, you’ll find the Masters Galleries, which feature pioneering Filipino artists such as Fernando Amorsolo and Fernando Zobel.
Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm
Address: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila
Fee: Php400
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Nearby attractions

Ayala Triangle
Attraction
0.38 km away

Surrounded by skyscrapers, Ayala Triangle is an urban oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the business district Makati. Visitors can go jogging here, have a picnic, marvel at the public sculptures, or simply hangout. Coffee shops and restaurants also dot one side of the park, serving as a favorite hangout place among young professionals. With more than a hundred trees, Ayala Triangle is the largest park with the most number of trees in Makati City. At the corners of the park are three monuments: a statue of Benigno Aquino, the assassinated Martial Law Hero; of Sultan Kudarat, the Sultan of Mindanao during the Spanish era; and of Gabriela Silang, the revolutionary heroine from Ilocos during the Spanish invasion.

Salcedo Saturday Market
Attraction
0.73 km away

Comprised of around 160 concessionaires, the Salcedo Saturday Market sells mostly homemade and homegrown products that are not available commercially. A majority of the stalls offer home-cooked specialties from recipes of various provinces in the Philippines and other countries. Aside from heritage cooking and foreign cuisine, this market offers delicious delicacies and desserts that are uniquely Filipino. Other vendors offer healthy sun-dried fruit and seed snacks, organic produce such as vegetables, grains (mostly varieties of rice), coffee beans, fresh fruits, and homemade products such as wine, pastries, jams, condiments, and herbs. There is also a section that sells fresh meat and live seafood in water. Filipino native products, arts & handicrafts, decorative plants, and flowers are available, too.

Bangkal Furniture Market
Attraction
1.74 km away

Like stepping into your grandmother’s attic, walking into Barangay Bangkal in Makati City offers unique vintage treasures you can’t find anywhere else. Comprising a whole barangay, Bangkal mostly sells secondhand furniture and antique, from beds, cabinets, and dining tables, to vinyl record players, typewriters, instamatic cameras, and rotary phones. Residential apartments in Bangkal are turned into makeshift thrift stores, where big items are displayed outside, and small items inside. Each store offers a variety of interesting junk from the past. Some smell exactly like your grandmother’s attic, some smell like a moldy library, while some, the collective smell of used, old shoes. Aside from furniture and outmoded technology, other stores specialize in selling secondhand clothing, bags, books, toys, paintings, old music and movie records, and a host of other interesting things.

Things to do nearby

Explore Makati with Bambike
₱1200.00
Experience
Biking and hiking
1.45 km away

Get to know what's happening in the hippest part of town! Learn about the country's main financial district and the lives of everyday Filipinos. Will also tell you about the best spots to eat and drink around Poblacion. Start and finish the tour at Z Hostel. At the end of the tour we will also take you up the the Z Hostel's roof deck for drinks and more information about the city.

Rent a Siklesa for your Manila Tour
₱500.00
Experience
Outdoor adventure
1.50 km away

Feel the breeze and have a 360-degree view of your journey in Manila with the FAME award-winning Siklesa! Conceptualized by entrepreneur Lorenzo Vega and architect Jaime Recto, Siklesa is a kalesa-inspired carriage that marries contemporary technology and classic Filipino design. Its handwoven banig cover is represented in each subculture in the Philippines, making it a symbol that unifies the archipelago. Get a feel of this one-of-a-kind joy ride in Manila and see travel destinations of your choice in the city! You can also try Siklesa for a two-hour ride for the journey itself already is an unforgettable experience. The tour includes free pick up (private tour packages) and drop off from one point in the metro.

Manila Pub Crawl
₱2500.00
Experience
Nightlife
1.67 km away

Drink and dance the night away with our Manila Pub Crawl, the ultimate tour for the sleepless and restless. Manila has long since claimed the crown for the home of city pubs, and home to the most excellent gastronomic eats. Follow the pub music and discover the best of the best pubs that guarantee full stomachs and glasses that are half full.

Where to stay

The Charter House
₱2869.00
Hotels and homes
0.21 km away

Pack your bags and get ready for a memorable experience of comfort and luxury at affordable prices offered by The Charter House. Open to business travellers, leisure travellers, and backpackers, we offer 95 Superior and Premier Rooms, 7 Family Rooms and 6 VIP Suites that are thoughtfully furnished with cozy twin or double beds.Chill and unwind at the Capiz Coffee Shop. Create significant events in your life with our Conference and Function Rooms. Let that child in you plunge into our exciting rooftop pool.Locating this paradise is never a problem. Across Greenbelt 5, walking distance from Glorietta Malls and the Central Business District and 30-minute drive away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will never miss the best events that Makati has in stored.We'll never stop providing excellent service for you, only here at The Charter House.

Makati Diamond Residences
₱7877.00
Hotels and homes
0.26 km away

We give you that extra mile to work or relax in comfort, with the best location in Manila for easy access to many multinational corporations, shopping, dining and entertainment destinations.Our 410 guestrooms are furnished with special features and privileges for your overnight or extended stay, complementing your experience at the new standard of luxury living. Makati Diamond Residences is unarguably one of the best luxury hotels in Makati. It is a product of San Miguel Properties, Inc – a subsidiary of one of the largest companies in the Philippines – and their first venture into luxury serviced apartments.

Raffles Makati
₱11900.00
Hotels and homes
0.32 km away

Raffles Makati is at the heart of a prestigious development—a striking 30-floor masterpiece, home to three sophisticated addresses in one tower: Raffles Makati, Raffles Residences Makati, and Fairmont Makati.

The design of Raffles Makati is contemporary, fusing the timeless quality of old world charm with new world sophistication. Each of the hotel’s 32 large suites has been designed to be an understated oasis of calm. Every suite has floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the mesmerising views of the Makati cityscape.

To those traveling and staying in Manila for a longer period of time, the residential units of Raffles Residences Makati are the ideal place to come home to.

Raffles Makati offers a range of exceptional venues to meet the unique tastes of every guest. On the ninth level is Mirèio, an elegant Provençal-inspired brasserie that has consistently been voted as one of the top restaurants in the coutnry. Immerse yourself in Raffles traditions at the lobby where you will find the Long Bar and the Writers Bar. Both outposts are styled after the original outlets in Raffles Hotel, Singapore.

Step out of Raffles Makati’s elegant lobby and there is a fascinating city waiting to be explored: Intramuros, the old capital of Manila dating from 1571; Fort Santiago, built in memory of those lost during the Spanish and Japanese periods; Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the country’s president since 1863; and the Ayala Museum, filled of art and heritage that traces the rich tapestry of Filipino history.

Getting there and around

Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila

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