GSIS Museum of Art | Things to do in Pasay City-Metro Manila

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GSIS Museum of Art, or GSIS Museo ng Sining, is famous for its two notable masterpieces, which are Fernando Amorsolo’s “History of Music” (1931) and Juan Luna’s “The Parisian Life” (1892). The two artists are iconic giants in the Philippine art industry. Besides these two paintings and other works from established painters, the museum has a diverse collection of visual art from the colonial period up to the present. A majority of the artworks come from budding artists and winners of the annual GSIS Art Competition. Other than paintings and murals, the museum displays sculptures, installations, religious art, and even antiques, cultural decorative items, and some pieces of furniture. Established in 1996, GSIS Museum of Art was created to develop an appreciation of Philippine visual arts. Apart from the free viewing of artworks, the museum also hosts art activities, workshops, performances, special tours, and film viewing, mostly for free.
Open: Tuesday - Saturday, 8am - 4:30pm
Address: GSIS Main Office, Financial Center (CCP Complex-D.Macapagal Avenue), Pasay City, Metro Manila
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex
Attraction
1.22 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”.

BSP Money Museum
Attraction
1.59 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.

Metropolitan Museum (MET)
Attraction
1.69 km away

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.

Things to do nearby

Mabining Mandirigma
₱1000.00
Experience
Shows and performances
1.23 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.

The Dessert Museum
₱799.00
Experience
Fun with kids
1.83 km away

The Dessert Museum is 8 mouthwatering rooms of sugar-filled happiness. This is the only museum you’ll ever slide into! Follow our Candy Rabbits through our Donut Hole and slip down our sprinkle slide into the most magical food-filled fantasy you will ever experience. Choose your path through our Candy Cane Groves or go Cotton Candy Picking in our sweetly enchanted forest. The adventure is just beginning!

The Experience

As you slide, jump, play, and swing through The Dessert Museum, prepare to explore uniquely themed rooms tailored to each dessert, creating a one-of- a-kind tasting experience. We aspire to provoke the imagination by featuring popular desserts in fun, creative, and Instagrammable rooms. These rooms are not only for pictures; they also contain ultra-cool facts about our sweet after-dinner past times.

The Dessert Samples

Every dessert we feature is carefully selected, from hand-made artisanal chocolates to our fairy-dusted cotton candy! Sweet-tooths beware you are in for a sugar overdose!

Lalim: Try Scuba Diving
₱2500.00
Experience
Dive and snorkel
2.92 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

TRYP by Wyndham Mall of Asia - Manila
₱5726.00

A Hip Hotel in the Heart of Manila.

Sleek, modern retreat by Manila Bay and SM Mall of Asia. Cool and contemporary with stunning views of Manila Bay, our TRYP by Wyndham Mall of Asia–Manila hotel is an inviting retreat in bustling, coastal Pasay City. A short drive from the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), our boutique-like hotel is within walking distance of the famed SM Mall of Asia and adjacent to One Esplanade, a massive conference and event venue. Whether work or vacation brings you to Manila, you’ll enjoy our rooftop pool and accompanying bar, on-site restaurants, gym, and tranquil guest rooms.

The Henry Hotel Manila
₱5844.00
Hotels and homes
1.49 km away

Set in a converted 1940s-era mansion that's surrounded by a lush garden, this tranquil boutique hotel is 4 km from the Cultural Center of the Philippines and 6 km from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Warm, upscale rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and rainfall showers, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. Suites add living and private garden areas. A cabin-style suite with an open-air shower and a porch is available, as is a suite with a balcony. Kids age 10 and under stay at no charge.


There's a library and an outdoor pool. Full or continental breakfast (fee) is served in a relaxed restaurant/bar that offers international food.

Golden Phoenix Hotel
₱3924.00
Hotels and homes
1.64 km away

One of our top picks in Manila. Located in Pasay City, Golden Phoenix Hotel - Manila offers modern and elegant accommodation with free WiFi access throughout the property.The hotel is conveniently 2,400 feet from Mall of Asia Arena and 0.8 miles from the famous SM Mall of Asia. Cultural Centre of the Philippines is 1.9 miles away, while Ninoy Aquino International Airport can be reached within a 3.7 miles drive.Offering city views, air-conditioned rooms come with a wardrobe, iPod dock, a personal safe and a flat-screen TV wit cable/satellite channels. Electric kettle and minibar are also included. The en suite bathroom has shower, hairdryer, bathrobes and free toiletries. At Golden Phoenix Hotel, guests can indulge in a pampering massage at the spa or enjoy refreshing drinks at the bar. The 24-hour front desk staff can assist guests with luggage storage, laundry services, airport transfers and tour arrangements.

Getting there and around

GSIS Main Office, Financial Center (CCP Complex-D.Macapagal Avenue), Pasay City, Metro Manila

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