National Museum of the Philippines | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

National Museum in Manila National Museum in Manila National Museum in Manila | Photo by Alan de Ramos National Museum in Manila | Photo by Alan de Ramos National Museum in Manila
Located in Manila City, the National Museum summarizes three facets of Filipino heritage: in culture, in art, and in natural history. Thus, the museum is divided into three sections: the National Art Gallery, the Museum of the Filipino People, and the Museum of Natural History. The National Art Gallery has 10 thematic galleries, housing masterpieces that shaped Philippine art. Two of its most priceless possessions are Juan Luna’s mural of the “Spoliarium” and the controversial “The Parisian Life”. The Museum of the Filipino People displays the living culture of the Filipino race through its indigenous tools, native musical instruments, archaeological artefacts, and historical wrecks. The Museum of Natural History exhibits the botanical, zoological, and geological diversity of the Philippines.
Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Address: Taft Ave., Ermita, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Baluarte de San Andres
0.27 km away

This Baluarte played a major role in fortifying the defense of the southeastern end of the wall. Baluarte de San Andres was built in 1603 and it was designed to protect Puerto Real, the exclusive gate of the Governor-general.It was reconstructed in 1733, bombproof arsenals for gunpowder, a watchtower, and barracks were added. It was destroyed during the British siege in 1762 but rebuilt and modified again after the British occupation.It faced another downfall during the 1945 battle and was restored in 1987 to its current state. Today, it serves as a quiet nook for people visiting Intramuros. It is located just across the National Museum of Fine Arts, in front of the Manila Bulletin office. 

Revellin de Recoletos
0.27 km away

Built in 1781 as an added fortification on the eastern side of the wall, the Revellin de Recoletos was named after the Recoletos church near it. It was also known as  Revellin de Dilao.In the 1940s, the revellin closed its entrance when it was converted into a garden, named Aurora Gardens after the wife of Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon. Just like every other building in Manila, it suffered the wrath of the 1945 Battle of Manila where it was reduced to rubble. It was last restored in 1986. Today, it is the headquarters of a non-profit, non-government organization that addresses unemployment among the indigent youth, the Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. This foundation takes in scholars and teaches them how to properly restore and conserve cultural heritage properties and practices.

Manila High School
0.41 km away

Manila High School was established in 1906. It stands in the former site of Parian de San Jose and Escuela Municipal de Niñas, the first public high school for girls in 1889. The building of the Escuela Municipal became Manila High School in 1906. It was renamed in 1921 as Manila South High School and Araullo High School in 1930. It suffered destruction in the 1945 battle. The original school name was revived in 1958 and a new building was erected in 1967 at its original site.

Things to do nearby

National Museum Tour

  • Explore Philippine history through impressive collections of artifacts that date back from the prehistoric times up to the modern days.
  • Spend the day touring the three building of the National Museum complex (National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of  Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Anthropology)
  • See ancient artifacts like the famous 'Manunggul jars', Anito carvings, and weapons that shaped the Filipino culture to what it is today.
  • Marvel at the masterpieces by Juan Luna like the famous Spoliarium and the controversial The Parisian Life.
  • Witness the taxidermied body of Lolong, the 20-feet freshwater crocodile that used to be the largest in captivity.

Intramuros Walking Tour by Don't Skip Manila
Cultural experiences
0.41 km away

  • Revisit your history lessons as you stroll along the Manila's streets from past to present
  • Discover the Philippines' tragedies, tolerance, and triumphant recoveries from colonial influences
  • Visit some of Manila's oldest structures in Escolta 
  • Indulge in authentic Filipino dishes at Seascape Village for lunch, Manila's Seafood Paluto Market.
  • Make your own miniature Intramuros (cut and build) while you learn about its story. 

Siklesa in Manila With Lost Juan
Cultural experiences
0.46 km away

  • Experience this fun and exciting Siklesa joy ride in Manila with Lost Juan and his gang! 
  • Activities include food tripping in Binondo, sightseeing in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Intramuros, spotting BGC's murals and art installations, and touring the world-class Mind Museum!

Where to stay

The Bayleaf Intramuros
Hotels and homes
0.44 km away

The Bayleaf Intramuros is a boutique hotel in Manila, Philippines that promises contemporary luxuries and conveniences. Set within the walls of the oldest district and historic core of Manila, this iconic landmark in the metro offers a high-class city abode for any traveler. It presents 57 guestrooms that blend style and comfort to encourage relaxation. Each one has five-star beddings, a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, and spacious bath with rain shower. The hotel also affords ace facilities for leisure and business. This includes a ballroom, 5 meeting rooms, and 4 dining venues.

The Corporate Inn Hotel
Hotels and homes
0.57 km away

The Corporate Inn Hotel Manila has continually provided a top-notch service to get you everything you need- whether it’s for business, time off alone, or your loved ones we make sure our guests feel a sense of belongingness and experience an ambiance of “at-home” environment.At The Corporate Inn Hotel Manila, you’ll discover all the features you would expect from a business luxury hotel but with very reasonable rates. Our rooms and suites come with air-conditioning, LED TV, Wi-Fi access, as well as a hot & cold shower. In addition, the hotel also has a business centre, massage service, car rental, and ample parking space.When it comes to location, nothing comes close to the convenience we provide in ‘Fascinating Manila’. Popular destinations such as Rizal Park, National Museum, Walled City of Intramuros, the U.S Embassy, business districts, and entertainment hubs are all just short minutes from our hotel.So come and visit us here at The Corporate Inn Hotel in Manila, Philippines, where you will enjoy top hospitality and access to the best historic sites at immensely attractive rates.

Casa Bocobo Hotel
Hotels and homes
0.64 km away

A 5-minute walk from historical Rizal Park, Casa Bocobo Hotel houses a cafe and a business centre. It offers rooms with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Located in the Ermita area, Casa Bocobo Hotel is about 0.6 miles from the fort city of Intramuros. Ninoy Aquino International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Fitted with tiled flooring and air conditioning, the contemporary rooms offer warm lighting. They are equipped with cable TV, a modern bathroom and a writing desk.
Casa Bocobo’s 24-hour front desk provides currency exchange and luggage storage services. Travel arrangements can be made at the tour desk. Drivers can park on-site for free. The hotel’s cafe serves a variety of local and European dishes. Room service is available.
Intramuros, located along the southern bank of the Pasig River, was built by the Spanish in the 16th century and is the oldest district of the city of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Its name, taken from the Latin, intra muros, literally "Within the walls", meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish Period, Intramuros was considered Manila itself.

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Taft Ave., Ermita, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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