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

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.

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista
1.40 km away

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is a heritage house that nurtured revolutionary minds in the early 19th century. The heritage house was built and designed in 1914 by Arcadio Arellano, a pioneering Filipino architect at that time. Combining both wood and stone materials in a design called bahay na bato, the house structure follows a traditional urban style in the 19th century. Meanwhile, the intricate designs inside were inspired by the geometric floral patterns of the art nouveau movement called Vienna Secession. Its rooms serve as galleries, housing memorabilias of the heroes and revolutionaries that once lived there. It’s notable galleries are the Juan Nakpil Gallery, dedicated to the National Artist in Architecture; the Ariston Bautista Gallery, named after the doctor who owned the house; and the Oriang Gallery, after the wife of the revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio.

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

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.

Vista Hotel Recto
Hotels and homes
1.12 km away

Located along Claro M. Recto Avenue in Santa Cruz, Vista Hotel Recto welcomes you to its minimalist interiors that provide a hint of subtle elegance to your experience. You will be greeted by its friendly staff that will assist you with the services they offer like wake-up calls and cleaning services. The accommodation is just within walking distance of the LRT Doroteo Jose Station, but it also offers shuttle services so you can get around the city easier. For guests who opt to bring their own vehicles, there are secure parking spaces onsite. The hotel is also just a short jeep ride to Divisoria where bargain finds are dime-a-dozen

Whether you are in Manila for business or leisure, Vista Hotel Recto promises you a good night's sleep with its array of cozy rooms that are well-appointed with modern amenities. Each room is fully air conditioned and features a TV and WiFi internet. The private toilets and baths come with hot and cold shower and bidet. There are also towels and toiletries provided. 

Vista Hotel Recto offers room services so you can enjoy delicious meals without having to step out of your room. It also has complimentary WiFi in the public areas so you can stay connected.

The city of Manila features varied attractions that will tickle the fancy of all kinds of travelers. History buffs will delight in the city's abundance of historic sites, including Rizal Park and the walled city of Intramuros. Shopaholics can head to Divisoria, Quiapo or Binondo to score some cheap but quality items. Nature lovers, on the other hand,  will surely love the scenic sunset at Manila Bay.

Getting there and around

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

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