Escolta Museum | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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Escolta Museum is a time machine to the old and elegant Manila. The museum has three small sections. The center section, or the entranceway, displays old photographs of Manila. The left wing displays vintage collections of sophisticated colored bottles from 1910 to 1960, and vintage print advertisements featuring ads on films, carnivals, appliances, and Filipiniana music. Meanwhile, the right wing displays old newspapers, journals, and reviews from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. These materials are printed in either Old Tagalog, Spanish, or English.
Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 12nn, 1pm - 5pm
Address: 2/F Calvo Bldg., 266 Escolta St., Binondo, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: P100
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Nearby attractions

Sta Cruz Church
0.24 km away

The Jesuit missionaries built the Sta. Cruz Church in 1608. It was strategically located in the outskirts of Chinatown near Binondo to cater to the Chinese converts in Manila. The initial structure of Sta. Cruz Church had been partially damaged by two earthquakes and was completely devastated by the Battle of Manila in 1945 during the Japanese occupation. The current structure of the church was erected in 1957 and bears the characteristics of Spanish Baroque architecture. Nestled on top of the facade of the church is the image of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the church's patroness. The side chapel has an image of La Pieta, a sculpture of the dead body of Jesus Christ being cradled by His mother, Mary. Another interesting feature of the church is the wooden cross found at the center of the crypt that contains carvings depicting the Way of the Cross.

Baluarte de San Gabriel
0.44 km away

Regarded as one of the most important defenses in the north of the wall, facing the Pasig River. It was built in 1593 and was formerly the site of Parian de Manila and Hospital de San Gabriel. Hospital de San Gabriel was founded in 1587 by the Dominican fathers for the Chinese populace, it was destroyed in 1597 by fire. It was then moved to Binondo after renovations, completely closed down in 1774. The Baluarte was renovated in the 18th century but was wrecked in the 1945 Battle of Manila. Restored in 1989 to its current state.

Puerta de Santa Isabel II
0.47 km away

The last gate of Intramuros to be constructed. It opened in 1861 to give way for the heavy foot traffic of people heading to Binondo. It then later became part of the tranvia (streetcar) route.The Puerta has chambers that were used as military houses, medical quarters and storehouses. The Americans demolished some of the sections of the chambers during their occupation. The chambers were destroyed during the 1945 battle, only 15 chambers are left intact.

Things to do nearby

Binondo Food Tour by Don't Skip Manila
Guided food tour
0.54 km away

Put aside 4 hours for a non-stop culinary treat as we eat our way around intimate alleys of Binondo! We'll walk around the streets of Binondo as we take in the rich Tsinoy history, chomp down authentic Chinese foods and gorge on specialty treats as we nibble our way through the heart of Chinatown. Definitely a wok for your stomach and the soul!

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
Museums and galleries
0.63 km away

Destileria Limtuaco, the oldest distillery in the Philippines, celebrates its 166th year with the opening of The Destileria Limtuaco Museum. Now open to the public, the museum showcases the company's fascinating legacy. The Limtuaco Legacy, straddles three centuries and three colonial eras, preserved in a quaint stone building in historical Intramuros. You are cordially invited to visit Destileria Limtuaco Museum and see this rare and unique showcase of Philippine history for yourself. Groups, student field trips, and tourist day trips are welcome.

Chinatown Museum
0.81 km away

  • See 18 different galleries that celebrate the vibrant history of the oldest Chinatown in the world.
  • Immerse yourself in different points of history through interactive parts of the museum.
  • Relive the bustling town of Binondo as the center of commerce in the Philippines.
  • Be in awe of the massive collection of displays that tells the whole story of Binondo.

Where to stay

Citystate Hotel Palanca
Hotels and homes
0.29 km away

Set in a prime location of Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the Citystate Hotel Palanca. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature internet access - wireless, internet access - wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, television. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca will make you feel instantly at home.

Swiss-Belhotel Blulane
Hotels and homes
0.42 km away

Binondo City in Manila, Philippines is the world’s oldest Chinatown, and at the heart of it rests Swiss-Belhotel Blulane. Here, you are treated to a perfect blend of cultures unlike anywhere else in the country. From knowing more about the Philippines' historical days to indulging in authentic Chinese flavors, you are in for an exciting cultural experience. 
There are no dull days at Swiss-Belhotel Blulane. Within the comforts of the hotel are a variety of facilities and amenities topped with a personalized service that makes a delightful and comfortable stay. Right outside, the lively streets of Binondo await. So whether you're in for some city staycation or wanting to immerse in the vibrant culture of the Filipino-Chinese community, choosing Swiss-Belhotel Blulane as your home in the busy city is always a good idea.

Citystate Hotel Quiapo
Hotels and homes
0.46 km away

Citystate Hotel Quiapo is conveniently located in the popular Quiapo area. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, valet parking, room service, restaurant are just some of the facilities on offer. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Quiapo will make you feel instantly at home.

Getting there and around

2/F Calvo Bldg., 266 Escolta St., Binondo, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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