Sabado, Hunyo 4, 2011

The National Art Gallery and the Museum of the Filipino People (National Museum)

The National Museum

On this very first stop in getting to know the city of Manila and other nearby urban areas in the Philippines' National Capital Region, we take a peek inside the prime museum of the country, The National Museum. Housed in two buildings, the Museum of the Filipino People along Finance Street near the Lapu-Lapu Monument in Rizal Park and the National Art Gallery along P. Burgos Street cor. Finance Street, provides the country's most extravagant collection of old to contemporary art.

The Museum of the Filipino People located along Finance Road, Manila

The Museum of the Filipino People is four floors of artifacts from sunken ships, mostly jars and old cannons with real cannon balls. The Museum's prized piece is the famous national treasure, the Manunggul Jar, there are two Manunggul jars in the museum, one is real and one is a replica. Several sections are closed and renovations are currently ongoing. Some interactive exhibits are not functioning but the overall appeal makes you feel proud of the Filipino heritage from the pre-Hispanic to contemporary era. Walking around the museum is indeed tiring and food and cameras are not allowed inside. Glass elevators are available overlooking the center garden but taking the grand marble stairs is highly recommended.

Rear view of the National Art Gallery along P. Burgos Street, Manila

The National Art Gallery houses the ever famous Spoliarium of Juan Luna. The museum consists of two floors of art galleries featuring paintings of Juan Luna, Felix Hidalgo,  and several sketches of Fernando Amorsolo and other great Filipino painters. From paintings 300 years old to as young as 4, the galleries featured the evolution of visual arts focusing on paintings with few sculptures and installation arts. Still, several areas are under renovation and currently, reconstruction of some parts are ongoing. A good tour would last for 3 to 4 hours on both museums including picture taking outside the museum.

Finally to summarize it all:

Cleanliness: GOOD
Total Satisfaction: SATISFACTORY

Things to Remember:
1. Charges
Museum of the Filipino People 
            P100.00          Adults
            P30.00           Students
            P80.00           Senior Citizens
    *discounts available for group tours and academic tours 
National Art Gallery

2. Viewing Hours
Museum of the Filipino People
            Wednesday-Friday                10am-5pm
National Art Gallery
            Weekdays except Mondays   10am-5pm

3. Ramps

4. Getting There
The Light Rail Transit is the easiest way getting off at United Nations Avenue Station. Taxis are also available and buses that pass along Taft Avenue.

For further information visit the National Museum website

1 komento:

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