Ayala Museum
Ayala Museum
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Woldz
Quezon City, Philippines224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was my second time visiting the museum. I was alone the 1st time but i asked a friend to join me the second time. We're still in awe at the Philippine golds that were excavated in Butuan. National Museum of Anthropology has a lot to offer as a whole (and it's free to visit) but the Ayala Museum is more secured from potential breach.
Written November 17, 2020
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Woldz
Quezon City, Philippines224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Since I've visited the Ayala Museum numerous times, I didn't really plan on visiting it again. But then, i felt that there might be something fresh in Ayala after just seeing the Met Museum in Taguig that very same day. And i was right, they were having the exhibit of Juan Luna's long-lost masterpiece. While the exhibit was really fantastic, I always still enjoy the museum's standard stuff, especially the archaeological finds. Despite the somewhat hefty entrance, the museum is well worth a visit overall. I paid 650.00 at that time because there was an exhibition. Even so, I think it was well worth it. Will definitely return if they have interesting and cool exhibitions.
Written February 16, 2024
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shelob
Manila, Philippines242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
What I love:
Four floors of well connected exhibits from precolonial Philippines to colonial Philippines and a general overview (diorama) at the end.

Touching, well written descriptions on the complexities of the Filipino culture.

Very senior citizen and disability friendly.

What could be better:
- Prepare a water station on the first floor

- Upgrade what's sold at the museum shop. Poor choices. I would suggest you visiting the Crocker Art Museum shop in Sacramento California or the Boston Tea Party Museum shop in Boston as museum shop inspirations ☺️
Written January 10, 2023
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Brian T
Las Pinas, Philippines3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I always love to visit different kinds of museum. Ayala Museum a newly renovated museum is a treasure trove of exquisite artifacts from different eras of Philippine history. Definitely a go-to place for properly educating students about the richness of Philippine heritage and get their historical facts straight.
Written May 15, 2022
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Roving601720
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Outstanding. One of the best museums I've been to! The dioramas provide a fantastic visual history and the gold display is beyond anything I expected. I now have a much stronger understanding of the history of The Philippines.
Written October 6, 2022
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John R
Sarasota, FL8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I have been to many cultural heritage displays in the Philippines, but this is the best one I've encountered. Very well done, clean, comfortable, excellent displays, good information, very informative and educational. Worth the visit for sure.
Written September 5, 2022
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Violaine07
Dublin, Ireland59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This museum is located in Makati shopping center. The shopping center is massive so better come prepare to find the entrance!
The collections inside are amazing!!!
I will remember all my life the beautiful funeral jewelry! It was very well presented with some special lenses to see things bigger, so that tiny details are visible.
There was a large pottery collection too.
We spent so much time there and we did not have a chance to visit the shop sadly.
Written July 2, 2019
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CrispNClear
Manila346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
As a retired senior citizen (after spending 20+ years in the US) i have been a student and participant in the country's history - but more recent than the Diorama that Ayala Museum has intricately woven into a tapestry of events that shaped Philippine Society.

From the pre-Christian era when Muslim datus, Chinese traders, the galleon trade, to the creation of the Commonwealth, Filipino American war, :grant" of independence and martial law, the figurines illustrate vividly how the country and its people had journeyed from then till the late 70s.

The Museum is reachable from Antipolo City, by taking the Point to Point Bus terminal at SM Masinag. Senior citizens pay only 64 Philippine pesos, less than $2. The bus leaves on time and traverse the traffic route from Marcos Highway to Ortigas Extension, then to EDSA and finally right on Ayala Avenue and Greenbelt 5. The Greenbelt 5 Terminal allows access to the mall up to the Landmark and Glorietta. But that's for another stroll.
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There is a minimum entrance fee and there are no camera use allowed on the 4th floor. On the rest of the floors from 2nd to 3rd, you may take photos, but videos are not recommended.

Greenbelt 5 has more than meets the eye and mind, even more culinary adventures before or after taking the histrollic journey.\ ("stroll through history")

There are golden relics from pre-Christian past when gold and Gods rule in that order. Rulers must possess gold when passing on to the next life to be welcomed into the next beyond.

Visitors are instructed to start from the 4th floor and work their way down to the 2nd floor - where a number of Chinese boat replicas abound

The Museum's offering stopped during the country's martial law era, the assassinjation of former Senator Benigno Aquino and the ouster of dictator Marcos and family,

The present and future now witness the return of the Marcoses in power but not the ill gotten wealth, nor an apology for the bundreds of thousands who suffered, disappeared and were victims of the martial law regime.

History may be written by winners, but in this case, the democratic movement may have wielded the pen, but the ink that rewrites history is fueled by the wealth of those who activelly participated in the country's plunder.
Written May 9, 2019
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kevvyj
Moe, Australia39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
You need to be a history buff to take it all in! Dioramas take Philippine history through each important stage from Cave Men to the end of the Marcos tyranny. You need half a day to do it justice as it is spread over several floors and there are audio-visuals to sit through. I have been twice, and at the end you are in Greenbelt, with numerous shops and restaurants.
Written July 29, 2015
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pat s
Denver, CO5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
I visited this museum in Dec, 2014. For a standard foreigner, the price is about 450 pesos, or around $10. there are 4 floors of exhibits. One floor is devoted to the use of gold as adornments throughout the history of the Philippines and other islands in that area of the Pacific, and how the relics discovered help tell the story of migration, lifestyles and class distinction in the people there. The other exhibit worth seeing is a beautifully done set of dioramas and accompanying descriptions depicting key events in the history of the Philippine Islands up through the Marcos regime.....Lastly, there is a display of etchings, wood cuttings, and paintings by one of the leading artists of the Philippines. There is additionally a display of projects to teach everyone, especially children, basic survival skills prompted by the events of last years super typhoon...it was well worth the afternoon spent there learning so much about the history and culture of the people of this Island Nation...
Written December 8, 2014
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