Metropolitan Museum (MET) | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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The Metropolitan Museum of Manila, also known as the MET, is a modern museum that portrays its paintings, sculptures, installations, and film in contemporary and minimalist design. The changing exhibits on the ground floor highlights artworks from promising Filipino and international artists. Aside from paintings, travelers will also find displays of photography, sculpture, and other forms of visual and interactive pieces of art. The permanent exhibits on the second floor are arranged chronologically, serving as a live walkthrough of the history of the Philippines through the visual arts. The floor features artworks from 1915 to the present by established Filipino artists, including 14 National Artists. Housed in a high-security chamber of steel barriers, the MET's basement features its more exotic pieces of art and artifacts, which include its pre-colonial gold collection, ivory pieces, and stylized pottery and burial vessels.
Open: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5:30pm
Address: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: P100
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Nearby attractions

BSP Money Museum
Attraction
0.25 km away

BSP Money Museum isn’t just about money; it’s about shared memories preserved in the artform of barter exchange, coins, and banknotes. BSP Money Museum showcases the evolution of currency alongside Philippine economy and history. The exhibits are arranged chronologically from the Pre-Hispanic Period, Spanish Period, and Revolutionary Period, up to the American Regime, Japanese Occupation, and the present Republic. The highlights of the museum include fashionable barter shells, gold pebbles (piloncitos), gold barter rings, vintage circus-designed paper money, envelop-sized banknotes, and the silver dos mundos. The last is considered to be one of the most beautiful and rarest coin in the world. Founded in 1999, the Money Museum is owned and operated by the Central Bank of the Philippines, or Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex
Attraction
0.46 km away

CCP Complex is an 88-hectare playground for sports, culture, and art junkies. Dominating the complex is the National Theater building, or the Tanghalang Pambansa. Designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin, the National Theater hosts activities across various fields of art, such as architecture, film, theater, visual arts, dance, music, literature, and new media. The National Theater is home to two permanent galleries, the Juan Luna Gallery (free) and the Diwa Gallery (P50 regular, P25 student). The galleries showcases the Philippines' traditional visual arts, and Southeast Asia's indigenous weapons, ornaments, sacred objects, and handmade musical instruments. Also housed in this building, the CCP Library and Archive (free admission, ID required) is a delightful treasure chest of books, audio, and video, on music, theater, film, literature, drama, ballet, scriptwriting, language, and humanities-related studies. Established in 1966, CCP Complex was built with the vision, “a Filipino national culture evolving with and for the people”.

Café Adriatico
Attraction
0.90 km away

Tsokolate Eh is thick Spanish hot chocolate, usually paired with a stick of deep fried churros. Café Adriatico in Malate is known to serve one of the best. But the Malate institution, which pioneered the “café culture” in the Philippines and used to be a hangout of Manila society in the 1980s, is also known for Lola Ising’s Adobo, an indulgent interpretation of the classic chicken and pork stew using pork belly. Another favorite is Claude’s Dream, a heavenly dessert introduced by Capampangan artist cum chef Claude Tayag that is essentially a colorful gelatin of mango, watermelon and pandan on a bed of macapuno cream with young coconut and a light vanilla ice cream with drizzles of pinipig on top.
Specialties: TSOKOLATE EH, LOLA ISING’S ADOBO, CLAUDE’S DREAM

Things to do nearby

Katsuri
₱800.00
Experience
Shows and performances
0.44 km away

“Katsuri,” a timely drama about friendship and survival based on the John Steinbeck classic “Of Mice and Men.”

This production is adapted and directed by the indefatigable wife-husband tandem of writer Bibeth Orteza and director Carlos Siguion Reyna. This anticipated drama is top-billed by Jonathan Tadioan (Toto) and Marco Viaña (George), two of the most seasoned members of TP’s Actors’ Company (AC).

Written in part Hiligaynon, “Katsuri” tells the harrowing fight for the survival of the Sakada (sugar plantation) workers in Negros, and how it tends to destroy lives and the people's spirits, including families and friendships.

Mabining Mandirigma
₱1000.00
Experience
Shows and performances
0.45 km away

Written by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Mabining Mandirigma “is a steampunk musical foregrounding the intellectual heroism of Apolinario Mabini, who in the second phase of Philippine revolution, displayed an uncommon vision, a warrior’s spirit, and a principled character, as he struggled against all odds to enjoin his countrymen to go beyond considerations of class, clan, economic gain, and personal ambition, so they could think and act as citizens of one nation.

Lalim: Try Scuba Diving
₱2500.00
Experience
Dive and snorkel
2.26 km away

We are on a mission to make SCUBA diving accessible to everyone and share the joy of experiencing the majestic waters of the Philippines and the treasures it holds in a responsible manner.

Through LALIM, our aim is for you to try this in a safe and secure environment with only the most professional instructors in Manila. 

Where to stay

Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La
₱4200.00

Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La is conveniently located along Roxas Boulevard, overlooking the picturesque Manila Bay and its radiant sunsets. The hotel is adjacent to the capital’s premier conference and exhibition centres, a 5-minute walk to the Central Bank of the Philippines, several embassies and the Mall of Asia. The business district of Makati and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is also just a 20-minute drive away.

Armada Hotel Manila
₱4737.00
Hotels and homes
0.46 km away

Armada Hotel Manila offers a warm, deluxe hotel experience with 96  comfortable rooms and suites, state-of-the-art facilities and great  comfort in the bay area. The centrally located hotel in Manila  features a premier restaurant serving sumptuous international cuisine  and Filipino specialties; complete amenities and efficient service; as  well as ideal spaces for meetings, conferences and intimate social  functions. Situated within the heart of culturally rich district of Malate,  Armada Hotel Manila is accessible to several shopping malls, convention  centers, and domestic and international airport terminals.

Century Park Hotel
₱7724.00
Hotels and homes
0.49 km away

Located at the heart of the Philippines’ capital city, Century Park Hotel Manila takes pride in being your warm home in the urban jungle. With 6 function rooms and a business center, this Manila hotel Philippines provides you with what you need for your corporate and special events.Century Park Hotel Manila understands the need for balance between business and leisure. With choices of conveniences from the rooms to its facilities, this hotel also proves to be a place for a relaxing city vacation. Tickle the taste buds with delicious cuisines from five restaurants, buff up at the gym, or unwind by the poolside for that treat after a long day.

Getting there and around

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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