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National Museum

Rizal Park at Padre Burgos St., Manila, Luzon, Philippines
632 527 12 15
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Ranked #21 of 81 attractions in Manila
Type: Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
Owner description: This grand exhibit house features the country's most historic works of culture and national heritage, including the paintings of heralded Philippine... more » 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My Indian friend and I learned alot from visiting this museum. They have everything here from philipine flora and fauna. Potteries made in philippines to philippine costumes. They also have prehistoric replicas of the houses being ised bu earlu filipinos. I enjoyed looking at the tools used ny early filipinos before spanish period.

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

There are interesting artworks which show a bit of history. Some gallery rooms just tend to have a bit of bad lighting. To be termed as the "national" museum, I guess I was just expecting a bit more. Highly recommended for art lovers but not for those who are into learning about history. I was very pleased to see the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We're happy that we were able to visit the National Museum, its our first time to visit this vast museum... although its a bit spacious its still full of information and knowledge. We were amazed by the 'SPOLIARIUM' itself, very very big and beautiful, we saw the smaller version in his house in Ilocos. and the 'PARISIAN LIFE' by Juan... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Happy to have visited the National Museum. I am a Filipino but only this time i got a chance to visit our wonderful heritage. The work of Antonio Luna is the highlight, the Spoliarium, I did not expect the actual size is much big. Amazing art piece. Many works of great Filipino artists are displayed there. To name a few,... More

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Santa Rosa, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I'm not really much into art but it was wonderful to see firsthand the art works I would see only in books, newspapers and calendars. The magnitude of the Spoliarium definitely left me in awe. And then there were some that's just beautiful. I could spend hours just staring at the paintings. Can't help but wish for more stories to... More

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Manhattan, KS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The museum has some very impressive paintings, especially by the amazing Juan Luna and the celebrated Amorsolos. Otherwise, the building seems huge and semi-abandoned. The huge canvas by Luna are very important for Filipino history and culture and are therefore important to see, but they might simply not be the best works of art. The museum has a coffee/snack shop... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This museum is indeed pretty on the outside, and does possess some interesting historical artifacts in its collection, but overall, I felt like it was kind of lackluster. For a national museum in the heart of the nation's capital, and for such a rich and diverse culture as the Philippines, one would expect a better, grander museum with more interactive... More

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Finally got thw chance to visit the museum again after a long time. Luckily for me, May was art month so entrance was free. The museum has a lot of stuff to offer and it gives tourists/foreigners a glimpse of early art & history in the country. I just wish there were more staff around who can really help visitors... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The museum is spread over 4 floors of this beautiful old building. There are exhibits on textiles, the history of the Filipino people and community, insects, and animals, shipwrecks, and geology. Entry is free on Sundays. The museum is located at one end of Rizal Park, and opens at 10 am, so you can make a day of it. Visit... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Great introduction to the country. I enjoyed the shipwreck exhibition. This museum is next to the National gallery and both are worth a visit.

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