Where to Museum-Hop in Metro Manila on International Museum Day (For Free!)

Make the most of your Friday by celebrating the International Museum Day. While our museums are open year-round, this special day offers a different feeling, especially when some of the major museums in the country are giving free passes to their galleries. We all love free stuff, so it’s definitely going to be a fun day for all of us.

But, let’s not forget the reason why we celebrate this day every year. “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples,” as quoted by the International Council of Museums (ICOM)—the organization that started the IMD.

With the 2018 theme, “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics,” highlighting the role of technology and innovations in changing the museum experience and gaining new audiences, here are eight museums in Metro Manila that are participating in this year’s IMD—open to public, free of charge!

1-3 | National Museum trio

Museum Day won’t be called it if you don’t visit the National Museum. Head to Manila and jump from one museum to another; start wherever you want—Fine Arts, Anthropology, and Natural History. Oh, have we mentioned that the National Museum of Natural History is finally opening tomorrow? It’s a great place to start your museum-hopping!

The National Museum celebrates International Museum Day 2018 with the opening of the National Museum of Natural History. On May 18, the National Museum opens to the public its newest museum as well as all it's museums in Manila and all throughout the country. The theme of this year's IMD is "Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics". We would like to invite everyone to join this celebration by viewing our permanent and special exhibitions and taking advantage of our free guided tours. All National Museum facilities offer free admission to everyone since July 1, 2016. Chairman Ramon R. del Rosario conveys the following message on this auspicious occasion: “We are promoting to Filipinos and visitors from all around the world our National Museum in the Philippines. Here can be found knowledge, appreciation and love for our heritage as Filipinos and as people, in the fields of fine arts, anthropology, the natural world and their historical contexts. “Your National Museum is one of the leading centers of education, science and culture. All who are interested or merely curious are able to come because admission is free, to the National Museum Complex in Rizal Park in Manila, and to our museums nationwide, from Batanes to Jolo, which is made possible by the strong support for this institution from the national government and our partners in the private and other sectors.” At the NMNH, all are invited to walk in by registering at the counter of our main entrance hall facing the Rizal Park. Pre-registrations and reservations are not required. Museum hours are 10 am to 5 pm (last admission at 4:30 pm), Tuesday to Sunday. For more information, please read the About section of this FB page or call (02) 527 7889. You may also email [email protected] See you soon at your National Museum! © The National Museum of the Philippines (2018) #NationalMuseumPH #nhm2018 #pamana #heritageph #kulturaph #naturalhistory #naturalhistoryph

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4 | Bahay Tsinoy

If you’ve checked out the museums mentioned above, let’s go to Intramuros and visit Bahay Tsinoy. The museum houses the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center and documents the history, lives, and contributions of the Chinese people in the Philippines. Take note that the free entrance to the museum starts at 1pm and ends at 5pm.

5 | Metropolitan Museum of Manila

If the National Museum is too crowded for you or if Intramuros is too far from where you’re coming from, there’s the MET in Roxas Boulevard. The museum will be having free guided tours for a limited time as well, so take advantage of it. While our version of The Met doesn’t involve Hollywood personalities dressed in Heavenly-Bodies-themed garments, it does have an exhibit on Philippine colonial churches entitled, “UP FRONT: Encountering the Sacred.”

6 | Museo Pambata

Since you’re in Roxas Boulevard already, check out the Museo Pambata as well. This children’s interactive museum is the first of its kind in the country (it opened in 1994). Unlike other museums, the artifact and other items on display here can be touched, which enhances the learning experience of kids and kids-at-heart.

7 | Ayala Museum

From Manila, let’s ride the train to Ayala (or drive to, if you don’t like feeling like a sardine in a can). The Ayala Museum is offering free admissions to all its galleries. Also, there are special activities and workshops on the same day, and of course, food and drinks!

8 | Yuchengco Museum

When you’re done touring the Ayala Museum, head on to Yuchengco Museum, also in Makati. See works by Filipino painters, National Artists, and esteemed modernists through prints, paintings, and sculptures throughout our museum. And of course, learn more about the Yuchengco family, the Yuchengco Group of Companies, and our National Hero Jose Rizal at the fourth floor galleries.

It’s Free Entrance Day at Yuchengco Museum on FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 as we celebrate INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY! . Beat the heat by enjoying some Art & Culture while making new friends on a Friday to get you in that upbeat mood for the weekend! Enjoy a selfie of two with our “Suspended Garden” or within our well lit museum that gives you the perfect amount of light. . We are open and FREE for the whole day! So make it an awesome time by bringing your family & friends! . . . #YuchengcoMuseum #InternationalMuseumDay #FreeEntrance #MakeItMakati #FreeEntranceDayatYuchengcoMuseum #MuseumsPH #Art #Culture #Museums #ICOM #Heritage #History #MuseumstoVisit #BeattheHeat #Summer #SummerEscapades #OpentoAll #EscapetheHeat #SummertimeFun #EventsPH #InternationalCouncilofMuseums

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