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.

Jones Bridge
0.27 km away

Dubbed as the ‘Queen of Bridges’, Jones Bridge in Manila is one of the oldest in the Metro.  It was commissioned in 1919 by the Manila city government. Like most of Manila, the bridge was part of the structures that were totaled by World War II and was reconstructed in 1946 under the American Colonial Period. It now is one of the most historical bridges in the country, and one of the most important ones too, as it connects the heritage sites of Intramuros and Binondo. With the restoration of the bridge conducted in 2019, more and more people are appreciating the beauty and history of the William A. Jones Memorial Bridge.

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.

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!

Quiapo Muslim Town Tour
Art and culture
0.58 km away

  • Learn about the history of the Islam Faith in the Philippines  
  • Visit the Golden Mosque and learn from their religious leaders about the Islam faith and practices
  • Learn about the history of the Quiapo community
  • Visit the local places to eat. Learn about Halal food
  • Discover  & taste local dishes delicacies such as Palapa and local sweets

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.

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.

Red Planet Manila Binondo
Hotels and homes
0.44 km away

Strategically Located at 251-61 Juan Luna Street, Binondo, Manila, this hotel is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay.

Getting there and around

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

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