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National Museum

Rizal Park at Padre Burgos St., Manila, Luzon 2004, Philippines
632 527 12 15
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Ranked #19 of 77 Attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This grand exhibit house features the country's most historic works of culture and national heritage, including the paintings of heralded Philippine artist Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo.
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manila
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I'm a fan of art and museums in general. Having studied art in London, visiting lots of different museums as much as we could was definitely part of our training. It is good practice actually, to visit different museums in different countries because not only did you normally find breathtaking masterpieces but you also learned a lot more about each... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We went to both buildings and found them quite boring with exhibits spread out quite thinly. There were some nice paintings although many were labelled as "unknown date" as if they couldn't be bothered to research the item or even hazard a guess at an approximate date. The signage throughout was lacking and we got lost a few times finding... More

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

You can find a lot of nineteenth and twentieth century paintings and sculptures here, following international trends (romantic historicism, realistic portraits, some abstract etc.). What I was missing is the real Philippines: only few local faces were depicted, and even the local artists follow the international trends. This is an example of the European and American success in reshaping the... More

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West Calder, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The museum is quite dated and needs refurbished, but still worth a visit. They had just opened a temporary exhibition on local artists when I visited and this was a very interesting art display.

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Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We went here since there was a day that admission would be free. It definitely was interesting, seeing the Art Gallery and the display/dioramas of the early Filipino people and of old Spanish galleons and artifacts, such as the canons, the gold, the silverware, and the porcelain. Definitely a must go if you want to learn about the Filipino heritage,... More

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Tondo, Manila, Philippines
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Well there are two museums under the National Museum - one is the National Art Gallery and the other is the Museum of the Filipino People. I usually go here with guests on Sundays and they always say it is interesting although more people like the National Art Gallery than the Museum of the Filipino People. For the National Art... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Wanting to find out about the local history and that's a lot for the Philippines try this museum out.

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arizona usa
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We visited both sections, art and museum of the Philippine people. The later section was so interesting and well done. It is in a separate building behind the National Museum that houses only art. Be sure and visit it.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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283 reviews 283 reviews
119 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Much better than I expected--especially the main art building that had some wonderful displays and collections of Philippino artists that also told the country's history. Easily worth an hour or two and maybe more depending upon your interests. Well-displayed and grouped by artist and style. My only complaint would again be that, on a weekday, there were more security guards... More

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Sacramento, California
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24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The building houses an impessive collection of Philippine art including Juan Luna's Spolarium. You will be amazed at the size of the painting. The painting was a protest against Spain and the way they were occupying the Philippines and treating the Filipino people with disrespect. The museum also houses other artifacts including an exhibit of a Spanish galleon shipwreck. There... More

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