National Museum Of Anthropology

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National Museum Of Anthropology

National Museum Of Anthropology
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Paul V
Calgary, Canada250 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This museum is located in a modern building. Entrance is free, but you have to leave backpacks in the storage room (also free). Spread over four floors, this museum gives a very good overview of Filipino culture, customs and associated information. Displays are in huge rooms and explanations are available in English. Yo can easily spend two to three hours here and only catch a glimpse of what is available. Lots f free, clean bathrooms. Very friendly staff. Recommended.
Written March 16, 2020
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Explorerold
Quezon City, Philippines216 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
I've been to the National Museum of Fine Arts years ago and was not aware that there are other National Museum buildings around like the Natural History and Anthropology.

During my last visit, i think we paid an entrance fee but now, it's totally free. The building is undergoing minor renovation from the outside but it won't spoil your visit don't worry. Overall i was really amazed especially with the San Diego warship of the Spanish navy.

The trade between various Asian cultures is nice too. There are other interesting things too which are too many to mention. This should be in anyone's wishlist. One day is not enough i guess to be fully immersed.

I wish i am able to read all the description and look into the artifact's details and all that but time is so limited. I might visit this place again if i have the time but i will have to come early next time.
Written March 17, 2020
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Fred T
Reno, NV739 contributions
Dec 2019
I spent a little over an hour walking thru the many exhibits spread over many floors. I stopped at some exhibits to read the descriptions. The room about the ship that sunk after losing a battle was interesting. One could spend hours here. The air conditioning was a relief from the hot humid outside.
Written January 7, 2020
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Purple Curiosity
Canberra, Australia103 contributions
Jan 2020
There are 4 floors, with each room showcasing exhibitions of the Filipino people, the southern islands culture, ancient artefacts, early trade, textiles, biodiversity, religion, baybayin script and pieces from the San Diego wreckage. Each exhibition room was quite large, with corresponding object labels and some rooms had a video playing demonstrating how a Filipino instrument was played. I’m not sure if they have guided tours, as none was offered at entry...

Full review up on my blog!
Written February 5, 2020
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Son Yap N
Manila, Philippines23 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Sagada will always be my place to chill and dine. Came here to destress from the hustle of the city. In Sagada, you’ll find coffee shops for coffee fix like Sagada Brew. There are also restaurants to satisfy your cravings. Temperature will always be cold in the morning and evening with fogs and mist so make sure to always bring your jackets, while it gets a little hot in the afternoon.
Written February 17, 2020
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SimonDabbs
Melksham, UK375 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited on a Saturday, so not too many school parties around. I was really impressed by the building, its cleanliness and, above all, the incredible range of topics covered by this museum. Well worth a visit, and admission is free!
Written January 26, 2020
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Charis
Bangkok, Thailand15 contributions
Jan 2020
Free of charge, very well maintained and designed. I found the exhibits on religion, the burial pottery one, and the one on languages particularly interesting. More text than interactive, but still very interesting and great to look at. Also lots on textiles.
Written February 3, 2020
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Steven T
Seattle, WA1,801 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
This museum is across the street from the National Museum. I would recommend at least a few hours to view the multiple floors of displays dedicated to Filipino history and culture or a full morning or afternoon. Don’t make the mistake of trying to visit both the National Museum and the Museum of Anthropology in just one day. There simply would not be enough time considering both are open for 7 hours per day and the National Museum can easily take an entire day for most people. I believe any visitor to a new country should make a good faith effort to gain a fundamental knowledge of that country’s history and culture. The Museum of Anthropology does an exceptional job of sharing the history and culture of the Philippines and the Filipino people. All displays feature well written summaries of that display’s particular subject. Many displays feature excellent videos for viewing. Brief written summaries accompany all displayed artifacts as well. Most people do a quick walk through looking only at the displayed artifacts. I highly recommend stopping and reading (at least occasionally) the written summaries for the displays. You’ll gain a much better understanding and appreciation of what you’re looking at.
Written December 15, 2019
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,516 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
This was a great museum to learn about Filipino culture and heritage. There were displays about the early Filipino, all the different dialects spoken (about 4 are no longer spoken), cultural icons (musicians, weavers, etc), traditions, religion, weapons, dress and so much more. Displays were nicely grouped and contained good signage for reading. On the main floor, a couple of rooms were dedicated to the artifacts recovered from a Spanish shipwreck. Mostly ceramic and pottery items remained intact while the metal items were quite corroded and replicas displayed so you could get an idea what you were actually looking at.

Unfortunately our visit was cut short when an earthquake drill started and we had to evacuate the museum along with the staff. We will need to come back and finish exploring.
Written February 22, 2019
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Alex B
Toronto, Canada1,223 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
The National Museum of Anthropology in Luneta is one of the 3 museums across each other: Art, Anthropology and Natural History (opening in April 2018), housed in neo classical (?) style buildings dating back to the American colonial times.

First, all the museums are free. Secondly, the national museum of anthropology is a far cry from the old museum I visited 10 years ago. They've done a fantastic makeover inside and out, with world class exhibits showing the diversity of Philippine culture. I don't think the museum was meant to be an academic exercise for visitors but to show appreciation for the cultural diversity of the Philippines dating back to Austronesian times, from 2,500 BC and back.

The exhibis start only from the 4th floor down to the 2nd. The 5th floor is still being worked on. Each room/sala has a theme, e.g. rice farming, weaving, the indigenous of Mindanao etc. My favourite room is the Baybayin, the ancient pre-colonial writing of the Filipinos based on Java-Sanskrit, and the oldest existing document in the country, the Laguna Copperplate. Contrary to what most people think, between 6th to as late as 14th century, the Philippines was once Hindu-Buddhist, with strong links to Java, Sumatra (Indonesia). Islamic and Chinese influences and Spanish colonization were all much later.

The museum is more focused on the visuals rather than the explanations - what is, not why is. For visitors to the PH asking what is Philippine culture, just visit this museum.
Written January 14, 2018
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