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“Interesting Place in Makati” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum
Makati Avenue cor. De La Rosa Street | Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center, Makati, Luzon 1224, Philippines
632 757 7117
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Ranked #2 of 19 attractions in Makati
Type: Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
New York City, New York
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“Interesting Place in Makati”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is a private museum located at the very heart of Makati. It houses sever interesting historical artifacts that will surely help you gain a deeper and profound context of the Philippine History and Culture. I believe making it much interactive will definitely raise some satisfaction by the visitiors. I think i am more inclined to visit this place next time should this happens.

Visited January 2013
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“Must see museum in Makati”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is the museum to see while in Makati. It is extremely well-done in all aspects, the exhibits as well as the architecture. Compared to the National Museum next to Rizal Park (which I happen to think is a national disgrace), this museum shines out. It is well-curated.

Visited January 2013
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“if you already know the country's history well...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I was disappointed by this place. There are some painting and some history exhibitions. I'm not much into art, so I'm not evaluating that. The history part of the museum includes models of old ships (local, Chinese, Arab, Spanish) and a large number of 3D recreations with painting backgrounds of important events throughout the Philippines' history. They are both nice to look at. The problem with the events is that there is no background information, so if you don't have a pretty good knowledge of the country's history, you won't know what they are about. For example, you see an assassination of some Spanish guy, but don't know who he is, why he was assassinated, what the significance of the event was... The scenes together with the quotes below them may give you some idea of the atmosphere of the event, but again only if you know what it is about. I love museums that inform me about history and let me imagine what it was like, but this museum didn't do that for me.
This wasn't 350P (non-resident entrance) well spent. I found the park behind the museum much more worthwhile. I'm surprised that this museum gets so many positive reviews. All the other visitors I saw in the museums spent much less time than me looking at the historical scenes, so it seems like they found them even less interesting than I did.

Visited February 2013
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“Marvels of ancient times”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great to understand where you are and how the Philippines came to be. Beware that some history of the country is very harsh, but I believe everyone should know that.

Visited February 2013
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“Excellent museum in the heart of the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This museum is a hidden gem right by the Shangrila and Peninsula hotels in the heart of Makati. It gives youa taste of Philippine culture, art, and history. Definitely a must for tourists and business travelers with a few hours to spare.

Visited February 2013
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