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

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The oldest museum in the Philippines, UST Museum owns the first collection of artefacts in the country, dating to as far back as 1682. A jack of all trades, it houses a bit of everything: botanical, zoological, religious, ethnological, cultural, and artistic. Originally called "Gabinete de Fisica" in the late 16th century, the UST Museum used to be a museum specializing in natural history only. Today, not only does the museum features artefacts endemic to the Philippines, it has also expanded to accommodate religious images, visual arts and paintings, ethnography, and memorabilia, to name a few. Two of the museum's intriguing items include the Sculpture of the Crucified Christ, which was carved from an elephant tusk, and the museum's most priceless exhibit "The Portrait of a Young Balinese Girl" by Italian sensualist artist Romualdo Locatelli.
Open: Tuesday - Saturday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Address: University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: P50
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Nearby attractions

Maestra Curtain wall and Plaza
0.28 km away

This historic site used to be the endpoint of the Manila-Acapulco Trade as part of the port of Manila. This part of the Wall faces the Pasig River contains one out of the seven original gates of Intramuros the Puerta Almacenes, and Baluarte de Herrerias. During World War II, it suffered wreckage and was used as barracks by the American army before completely demolishing it. The curtain wall was reconstructed through a grant from the Japanese government. Today, these eerie chambers are being turned into creative hubs as part of the city’s initiative of breathing new life into Intramuros.

San Sebastian Church
1.18 km away

San Sebastian Church is the only neo-Gothic church in Asia made entirely of prefabricated steel. The steel structure was crafted in Belgium and was transported in eight different shipments to the Philippines. In 1891, the church was assembled and completed, its steel frame filled with mixed sand, gravel, and cement. Inside, the church is elaborate with stained glass windows depicting the passion of the Christ. The church's pointed arches and washed out paintings of nuns, angels, and saints evoke feelings of terror and fright. Quirky to its design, however, is its altar, which is made of seashells.

Quiapo Church
1.39 km away

Quiapo Church is home to the biggest procession in the Philippines, that of the Black Nazarene. The Black Nazarene is a dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, and is believed to be miraculous by many Filipino Catholics. While the church itself is more than 400 years old, Quiapo Church looks modern since its renovation and expansion in 1984. The church's other features are the wood carvings on the walls depicting the Way of the Cross. This was designed by the award-winning sculptor Eduardo Castrillo in 1992. The church was originally built of bamboo and nipa palm in 1586 by Franciscan Missionaries. It was destroyed thrice: it was burnt down in 1639, was damaged by an earthquake in 1863, and was burnt down again in 1928.

Things to do nearby

Quiapo Market Tour by Don't Skip Manila

  • Revisit Quiapo being the old downtown of Manila. 
  • Discover this colorful and vibrant district that is usually misunderstood. Quiapo is the melting pot of different religions, cultures, and people. 
  • Uncover the mystical, exotic, exciting and spiritual Quiapo. 

Binondo Food Tour by Don't Skip Manila
Guided food tour
1.87 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
2.38 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

Skyloft Hotel
Hotels and homes
0.31 km away

The Pacific Skyloft Hotel, with its relaxed Modern Asian hospitality vibe is the most convenient hotel to stay in University Belt, whether you are staying to visit your kids, preparing for exam, visiting the University’s hospital or you simply want to relax, Pacific Skyloft Hotel is the perfect place for you in the heart of UNIVERSITY BELT MANILA. It is also an outstanding choice for the discerning business traveler. The Pacific Skyloft Hotel features 77 guest rooms, all designed with clean architectural lines and warm contemporary furnishings.  All rooms and suites are designed for maximum comfort. The Pacific Skyloft Hotel offers a range of hotel facilities including Lobby lounge, M Wellness Hub, Hi-Precision Diagnostic Center, The SPA @ 3rd by Nuat Thai, Fitness Studio, Swimming pool, M Lifestyle Premium Lounge and Roof Manila.Located just beside UST Governor Forbes exit and a few minute walk from Dapitan Gate Exit, this place offers convenience for medical practitioners, students, parents, medical patients, faculties and everyone who desires comfort and centralized atmosphere.Pacific Skyloft Hotel will always live up with its commitment of delivering exquisite experience and best value for your stay. Pacific Skyloft Hotel – a LUXURY FOR ALL.

BGC Boutique Hostel & Dorm - Manila

Being one of the newest yet most affordable competitive boutique hostel in Makati, we provide a wide range of services guaranteed to satisfy your needs whether you’re a business guest, an adventurous traveller or backpacker. As a BGC guest, you will enjoy our complimentary wireless Internet available in all our guest rooms and hostel facilities. All guests also can avail the enjoyable and convenient 24 hours access to the Guest Lounge, which offers free use of microwave oven, unlimited movie channels, working stations, business center services; as well as a dedicated and congenial front desk officer.

Manila Grand Opera Hotel
Hotels and homes
0.99 km away

Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Manila, Philippines offers a colorful history beyond the qualities it is best known for. People know this hotel for its convenient location, quality accommodations, and affordable rates, making it an ideal place for a remarkable business and pleasure travel. We boast elegant and intricately detailed rooms equipped with modern amenities. The hotel has additional facilities for dining and entertainment including with two restaurants, a coffee shop, and many more.Adding to its charm and character is the location near the businesses and key attractions around Manila including Intramuros and Chinatown. Being right at the Doroteo Jose LRT (light rail transit) station, our hotel is an ideal starting point to get to a variety of locations. We guarantee you a stay in this hotel in Manila will be worth your time.

At this Manila hotel in the Philippines, constant pleasure is yours as you take advantage of our facilities. These include a swimming pool, a variety of soothing massages, and various meeting rooms. To add more, we have the concierge, room service, and shuttle transportation that are ready to provide your needs. Expect nothing less than an extraordinary experience at Manila Grand Opera Hotel.

Your hospitality vibe will blend well inside our well-appointed rooms. Splashed with an inviting natural tone that depicts Old Manila charm and an air-conditioned space that has piped-in music, gives you a more relaxing vibe. Handle the day’s work with ease on your personal work desk using the free Wi-Fi Internet access. Enjoy simple delights like watching movies on the cable TV, and grabbing snacks from the mini-bar. When it’s time for another business in the city, freshen up with the hot and cold shower inside our en suite toilet and bath.

Experience utmost convenience going to and from the hotel with an entrance right at the Doroteo Jose LRT station. Conduct your agenda at ease as a variety of shops and restaurants are just around the vicinity of Manila Grand Opera Hotel. Best of all, Retreat after a long day and be assured you will have a relaxing hotel to call your home.

Getting there and around

University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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