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“Church Bricks, Jail and Museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museo Sugbo

Museo Sugbo
M. J. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines
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Ranked #11 of 40 Attractions in Cebu City
Type: Museums
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“Church Bricks, Jail and Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Museo Sugbo is a.k.a. the Cebu Provincial Museum these days. This is located on M. J. Cuenco Avenue in the old Spanish-era district of Cebu called Tejero.

I used to pass by this place in my younger years. The funny thing which strikes me in this area was how at one time I came here to look for a locksmith. The irony of course is that this building is what we called as the Provincial Jail - and hence the locksmith's house was a stone's throw away from the jail *grin*

Another name for it in the Spanish-era years as Cárcel de Cebú. It was only later that I heard that most of the coral stone blocks used to build parts of the jail was actually from Parian Church.

Now Parian Church is no more -- and its pretty historic too...it was demolished in 1878 after the Bishop of Cebu won a long-drawn court case against its parishioners in the 1800s. So if you think about how this historic jail first started, then was built and enlarged in the years past, even became a stable at one point during the American Occupation and then ended up as a museum housing old artifacts, that itself for me was enough to generate an interest.

During my first visit here, I admit we were in a rush - our visitors had a very limited time to see this and another couple of museums before departing for an out of town trip - however I really did enjoy the exhibits of pieces from different eras in Cebu...I never thought we even had exhibits of prehistoric culture in our island!

There was also a temporary exhibit of old antique religious statues and a carroza from Bantayan Island during this fortunate jaunt and the lighting was superb. I don't know how long that will be around, but that was one of the highlights because it was unexpected.

if you like history and seeing old artifacts, budget around 1.5 hours here at least so you can examine at your leisure and maybe the tour guide can also give you time to "feel" the place.
As an old jail, the architecture of the place slams that home...but I never did feel any "ghosts" of tortured souls haunting the place *grin*.

There's a parking area at the back of the building - its not obvious when you first behold the museum, so just proceed to the side road on the right of the building and turn left.

Visited February 2013
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“Gives a Good Background on Cebuano History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This small museum gives an excellent background on the history f Cebu, from Pre-Spanish times to the present. It's location, the old Spanish Colonial prison, is also interesting. This is a must-visit when you are in Cebu.

Visited January 2013
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“Interesting collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

There is a wide range of historical objects in Museo Sugbo including ceramic wares from centuries ago to the Presidents Hall. The place was a former prison and the city did a great job transforming the place into a museum while preserving as much of the original building as they could.

Visited February 2013
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“Excellent Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We really enjoyed visiting Museo Sugbo! It was located in the former jail is a very pretty building, maintained very nicely. The museum is well laid out and highly informative......you really learn and understand the history of Cebu and the Philippines.
I would recommend it highly!

Visited December 2012
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“A quick taste of Cebu... Worth going”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

Tis is a wonderful building within a short cab ride of some of the other attractions such as Magellans Cross, and it would be a shame not to visit if you get to Cebu.
It shows snapshots of various time frames in the Pholippines from prehistory up to present day spread over 12 rooms.
I took a guide around the day I went - and she was quite knowledgeable to a point, as long as you aren't looking for a lot of detail outside the scope of the exhibits.
Makes me very keen to visit the museums in Manila next time I'm in town.

You can take photos without flash and there are some nice photo spots in the courtyard itself as well as a souvenir shop, etc.
It's a very low cost way of spending an hour or so and learning a little about this great place!

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