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Baclayon Ecclesiastical Museum

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Address: National Road, Baclayon, Philippines
Description: In the same complex as Baclayon Church of the Immaculate Conception...
In the same complex as Baclayon Church of the Immaculate Conception, though it is separate in the sense that the museum charges an entrance fee and the church does not.
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Interesting insight into the colonial past

The church is in a sorry state at present, pending reconstruction, and it seems that they have moved everything out into this museum. It has somewhat the feel of a junk shop, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Kunming, China
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Tagbilaran City, Philippines
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

There is nothing exhilarating or amazing in these collection, unless you are a history buff with a niched interest in ecclesiastical history. But buried inside these relics and jars and retablos and documents are the stories of a people. Let your imagination run wild. Ask questions? Create scenarios when old priests wore those ancient garments and how heavy they were,... More 

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Kunming, China
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13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The church is in a sorry state at present, pending reconstruction, and it seems that they have moved everything out into this museum. It has somewhat the feel of a junk shop, but there are some interesting things here; I was particularly fascinated by the old handwritten church records and wished I could look through them more closely.

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Mandaue, Philippines
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21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

No cameras or mobile phones are allowed inside to take pictures. The museum itself is antique. That would have been beautiful but in my opinion, things are not beautifully arranged nor preserved. The lighting should have been improved because it was dark and difficult to see around. I was not able to appreciate it very well. For 50 Php entrance... More 

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Manila
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23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Visited this place as part of our countryside tour of Bohol in July 2010. The museum is an old convent which houses centuries-old religious relics, artifacts and antiquities. Though the collections are not that extensive, this is a must-see if you're Catholic or very interested in religious memorabilias. Old wooden plank floors are still intact but be careful as some... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The church itself is fabulous (even in ruin), but the museum is not special. Having said that, you should definitely visit it so that you can contribute to the reconstruction funds. It has some nice pieces, but the interior of the building is more beautiful than anything housed in it. Definitely visit, definitely support the church.

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Ely, Nevada, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This old church was badly damaged in the October 15th earthquake, and it's a shame. The collection here is outstanding, considering the hundreds year old memorabilia has not been well preserved. I hope the curators are able to salvage this collection.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

This museum is beside the old baclayon church, one of the oldest, if not the oldest, church in Asia. It is housed in an old convent. The old wooden floors made of Philippine hardwood is still intact in most places. Centuries Old vestments and missals are on display. The collection, however, is limited. So don't expect something as extensive as... More 

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Amsterdam
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567 helpful votes 567 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Amazing religious collection. It is sad to note that one of the best and precious art pieces was stolen and found in another country. I was impressed when i saw all these collection. The church was likewise a special valuable place itself. It is nice to have decided to visit this museum

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Muscat, Oman
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We were indeed amazed with this Museum.. it was small.. but it houses artifacts which are really worth seeing... we had an educational tour in this Musuem.. thanks to our guide who was soo ready to impart her knowhow in the history of the Baclayon church and of Bohol as well... Thanks to our driver Jimmy too... who was some... More 

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Bangkok
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178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Please note: you can explore the church for free. You only have to pay to get into the museum on the 2nd floor.

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